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Number 31
September 2001

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    News in Brief, Publications, New on the Web
     
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Dossier Genetically modified plants

Breaking the deadlock

Why is the debate on GMOs deadlocked?
No doubt because it is being approached
in the wrong way. The tendency is to present it as a single and homogenous issue involving all-out acceptance or rejection.
When in fact questions of risk management and precaution - as present whenever science impacts on society - must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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  Graphic element ASTRONOMY
The great ESO adventure
Originating at the dawn of science, astronomy in unravelling the mysteries
of time, is uniquely fascinating to man, and sheds light on some fundamental questions. A tool for exploring the Universe, the Very Large Telescope (VLT), set up by Europeans at the heart of Chile's Acatama Desert, is one of the flagships of this continuing quest.
   
     
    Future challenges
There are no limits to curiosity, especially when trying to explore and understand the immensity of the cosmos. This is why astronomers are constantly seeking to develop the tools to satisfy their perpetual desire to know more, to see further.
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  Graphic element CENTENARY
Nobel Prize: 1901-2001
A look behind the scenes at an institution as it celebrates its centenary. A world renowned award which charts a century of scientific progress.
   
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  Graphic element PORTRAIT
A prenatal passion
A meeting with Philippe Evrard, doctor, researcher, teacher. The world of a scientist trying to understand some of the secrets of life through his study of the developing brain. In all modesty and with the greatest humanity.
   
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  Graphic element MOBILITY & ENLARGEMENT
Researchers on the move
In enlarging, Europe is also enlarging its research potential. Last summer in Brussels a vast brainstorming session was devoted to developing strategies to stimulate the 'movement' of minds.
   
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Trouble in cyperspace!
A call to boycott scientific publishers who refuse to place quickly and freely on line articles on research results has already collected more than 26,000 signatures in over 150 countries. Europe proposes a constructive solution to the conflict by launching the E-Biosci initiative.
   
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  Graphic element FINANCING
Grist to the mill
A cooperation agreement between the European Commission and the EIB should give a major stimulus to investment in research and innovation.
   
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  Graphic element CLIMATE WARMING
The permafrost is melting
The permafrost, the permanently frozen layer of subsoil in mountainous or cold regions, is threatened by climate change. The European Pace project is developing the diagnostic tools to forewarn us against this worrying development.
   
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  Graphic element RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
The essential integration
To provide the energy of the future, green sources must be integrated in major distribution networks. The latest on European research is this field.
   
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