“Taking an interest in the influences of hormones on female behavior, a highly political subject”

Flames. We are increasingly wary of anything that can skew our decisions, reactions and behaviors. A priori, whatever our sex and our age, we are all likely to be influenced by the flow of information to which we are constantly exposed and which we process more or less consciously. But another risk would specifically threaten … Read more

Russia, first nation to send film crew into space

Actress Yulia Peressild, before the launch of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhsta, October 5, 2021. – / AFP Take-off took place, as planned and despite a strong wind, at 1:55 p.m. Baikonur time, against the sparkling blue sky of Kazakhstan. “A historic moment”, welcomed the Russian televisions, at the end of … Read more

The human species confronted with its limits, at the Museum of Man

This “Totem Family”, by Marcus Coates, sets the tone from the entrance to the exhibition. MARCUS COATES / MUSEUM OF MAN The exhibition. For a long time, we thought we were enthroned at the top of the living pyramid. But, in 1859, Darwin cracked this hubris by chiselling his theory of evolution. It is through … Read more

Olivier Véran tries to explain the closure of more than 5,700 hospital beds

Despite the pandemic, more than 5,700 full hospital beds were closed in 2020 in French health establishments, reported a study by the Ministry of Health at the end of September. SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP Despite the pandemic, more than 5,700 full hospital beds were closed in 2020 in French health establishments, reported a study by … Read more

The smartphone, a Swiss army knife for physical measurements (and pedagogy)

Two ways to measure the height of a building with a smartphone: by the fall of an object (on the left) or thanks to the oscillation of a pendulum (on the right). 2021. F. BOUQUET ET AL. How many ways are there to measure the height of a building using a smartphone? 10? 20? 50? … Read more

Pauline Saint-Martin, a forensic pathologist on the trail of human violence

Pauline Saint-Martin, head of the legal medicine department at the University Hospital of Tours, here at the Maison des femmes, where she discusses the situations of patients every week, mainly victims of domestic violence. MANON CHEMINEAU FOR “THE WORLD” “The skin of a victim is a book. “ That Tuesday, in Tours, the forensic pathologist … Read more

“Advances in synthetic biology occupy an increasing place in our understanding of the fundamental principles of living things”

Flames. “Synthetic biology. “By its name, evoking an ambition to create life from scratch, this discipline seems likely to arouse all fantasies. Synthesize the living, for what? Become master of his creature, like the myths of the Golem or the sorcerer’s apprentice? What guarantees that this emanation does not escape potential Dr Frankensteins? But behind … Read more

Ethical debates on the study of ancient human DNA

Paleontology. Only twelve years ago, no complete genome of ancient humans was available. Today, there are more than 6,000 of them. This revolution in paleogenomics has completely changed the study of our distant past, of interbreeding with our deceased cousins, of migrations and populations, but also of the physiological specificities of certain current populations. – … Read more

“Wild experiment” against tuberculosis at the IHU in Marseille: an internal investigation confirms that the trial was not approved

The Marseille University Hospital Institute for Infectious Diseases (IHU Méditerranée Infection), in June 2021. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP The Marseille University Hospital Institute (IHU Méditerranée Infection), headed by the controversial professor Didier Raoult, has “Continued to deliver” tuberculosis treatments “Despite the reservations made by the French drug authority”, confirmed, Wednesday, October 27, the Public Assistance-Hospitals … Read more