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SPECIAL REPORT

  • Meteorology

    Where do the rain and shine come from?

    Is the weather predictable? A brief review of the thermodynamic principles governing our atmosphere.

    Reading: the impossible weather equation

    A close look at the ECMWF, the nerve centre of global meteorological observation. Its models and forecasts are used by the majority of Europe’s national meteorological organisations.

    When the skies open

    Lightening floods, violent storms, relentless heatwaves… To improve our forecasting of these natural phenomena with such devastating consequences, research programmes such as Flash or Cops are concentrating their efforts on an essential mission: sounding the alarm.


  • Realpolitik for mobility

    EUROPEAN RESEARCH AREA

    Realpolitik for mobility

    What about national preference in the cross-border career of a scientist? In this administrative labyrinth the Commission’s Green Paper on the ERA opens up new paths.


  • Alain Pompidou

    AERONAUTICS

    Wings of silence

    Air traffic is increasing but aircraft noise is decreasing. A look at the success of Silence (R), Europe’s biggest ever project on noise pollution from aviation.


  • The meaning of work

    SOCIAL SCIENCES

    The meaning of work

    Intergenerational relations in the world of work provide food for thought. The European SPReW project is taking stock of the values of a working life subject to constant change.


  • Asthma and allergies: spotlight on leukotrienes

    BIOLOGIE MOLÉCULAIRE

    Asthma and allergies: spotlight on leukotrienes

    The two European projects Eicosanox and E-Mep succeeded in producing a portrait of LTC4 synthase, a key enzyme that could make it possible to block the complex mechanism of certain allergies, most notably asthma.


  • INFORMATION SOCIETY

    Where is the quantum revolution?

    At the dawn of a new revolutionary age for the information society, the creation of supercomputers and communication networks is becoming conceivable thanks to quantum physics. Explanations.


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    INFORMATION SOCIETY

    Another physics of the universe

    A talk with the Czech theorist Jozef Gruska who is particularly interested in the convergence of quantum physics and the information processing sciences.


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    ASTRONOMY

    The star stakes

    “A Science Vision for European Astronomy”, the report produced by the Astronet group, takes stock of European excellence in astronomy.


  • PORTRAIT

    A physicist in the star system

    How to combine a rock attitude and a passion for particle physics? The answer in detail from Brian Cox, researcher at the LHC and “Higgs Hunter”.



  • IMAGE OF SCIENCE

    Nanospiral

    Magnetic field lines in FeNi (iron and nickel) nanoparticles.



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