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RDT info logoMagazine on European Research N° 51 - December 2006   
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 EDITORIAL
 Man and machine: new communications
 E-inclusion, heads or tails
 Biotechnology: growing in popularity
 "A straight-talking scientist can create quite a stir"
 Diabetes + obesity = diabesity
 The history of the yeast genome
 Rebel with multiple causes
 On the trail of the sixties
 Nobel prize winners to be
 COMMUNICATING SCIENCE
 IN BRIEF
 PUBLICATIONS
 AGENDA

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FEATURE
 

Climate Climate

The West African monsoon – a major climatic episode for the continent's water resources – suffers from some clearly identified disruptions. The international AMMA programme employs exceptional scientific resources on the ground to understand this meteorological phenomenon and provide forecasting tools.

 
 


  Man and machine: new communications
Information Society
Man and machine: new communications
The focus of “interface” technologies exploring multi-sensory possibilities (voice, eye movement, and even ‘mental’ commands) of man-machine language. First beneficiaries: disabled people.
  E-inclusion, heads or tails
Information Society
E-inclusion, heads or tails
A Pan-European campaign which aims to reduce new forms of exclusion registered in the i2010 Strategy to boost the digital economy.
  Biotechnology: growing in popularity
SURVEY
Biotechnology: growing in popularity
Analysis of the last Eurobarometer Biotechnology survey with its Scientific Coordinator, George Gaskell.
  Bernard Schiele
COMMUNICATING SCIENCE
"A straight-talking scientist can create quite a stir"
Meeting with Bernard Schiele, Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal. A tireless communicator in “publicising” science gives his point of view.
  Diabetes + obesity = diabesity
MEDICAL RESEARCH
Diabetes + obesity = diabesity
Research has proved the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. This disease has the same disruption of metabolic functions maintained by insulin as type 1 diabetes. An attempt to shed light on diabetes, obesity and what is now known as diabesity through work in Europe.
  The history of the yeast genome
AnniversaRY
The history of the yeast genome
The first full sequencing of the genome of a unicellular organism – yeast – took place ten years ago. This gigantic task (more than 600 researchers from three continents) made it possible for molecular biology to enter the genomic era. Spotlight on a “revolution”.
  Jean Bricmont
Portrait
Rebel with multiple causes
The name of Jean Bricmont is linked to the Bricmont-Sokal affair, in which two physicists tried to set a trap for “intellectual impostors” from human sciences claiming to draw their inspiration from the hard sciences. Portrait of a scientist claiming the right to be a free thinker.
  European protest Movement
HUMAN SCIENCES
On the trail of the sixties
From pacifism in the 1950s to the current NGOs, protest movements are an important motor of socio-cultural evolution. A multidisciplinary and international analysis of the network of “European Protest Movements since the Cold War”.
  Nobel prize winners 2006
EVENT
Nobel prize winners to be