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“It is for us to enter their world”
Illness, handicap, exacerbation of a behaviour that lies within the norm? Michel Favre, vice president of the Autism-Europe association, takes stock of the current situation.
The enigmas of autism
Despite progress in genetics, neurobiology, the cognitive sciences and medical imaging, autistic persons still have little to turn to.
Bursting the bubble
Mistral, Les Aubépines and Le Chat Botté: three Belgian centres specialised in autism are trying every day to improve the everyday lives of their residents.
The genetic line of inquiry: initial suspects
In the survey on the aetiology of autism, the “guilty genes” line of inquiry seems promising. The Autism Genome Project is on the trail of the principal suspects.
The polar ice caps are melting at an increasing rate, creating fears of sea level rises well above the IPCC forecasts. .
Conservation agriculture, a new conception of farming practices, proposes to restore the soil to its primordial position.
Our CO2 emissions converted into fuel? For researchers on the Elcat project it is an idea to be taken seriously.
Europe is now well and truly aboard the International Space Station with the launch of its Columbus research satellite and its ATV payload.
What if the Earth collided with another celestial object? The risk exists and the ESA is looking at ways of avoiding the crash.
Jean-Pierre Luminet, a much solicited astrophysicist, continues to find the universe fascinating. As is the man himself.
Régine Prunzel is the author of a thesis on the European social model. She proposes a new method to breathe new life into the concept.
IMAGE OF SCIENCE
The opening of blackcurrant flowers as seen through the scanning electron microscope.