Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control

Journal Reference: Guoying Gu, Ningbin Zhang, Haipeng Xu, Shaoting Lin, Yang Yu, Guohong Chai, Lisen Ge, Houle Yang, Qiwen Shao, Xinjun Sheng, Xiangyang Zhu, Xuanhe Zhao. A soft neuroprosthetic hand providing simultaneous myoelectric control and tactile feedback. Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41551-021-00767-0 But this high-tech dexterity comes at a price. Neuroprosthetics can cost tens … Read more

Physicists exploit space and time symmetries to control quantum materials

Journal Reference: Charles Andrew Downing, Vasil Arkadievich Saroka. Exceptional points in oligomer chains. Communications Physics, 2021; 4 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s42005-021-00757-3 Two theoretical physicists, from the University of Exeter (United Kingdom) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (in Trondheim, Norway), have built a quantum theory describing a chain of quantum resonators satisfying space reflection … Read more

Host and resident bacteria join forces to control fungi in plant roots

Journal Reference: Katarzyna W. Wolinska, Nathan Vannier, Thorsten Thiergart, Brigitte Pickel, Sjoerd Gremmen, Anna Piasecka, Mariola Piślewska-Bednarek, Ryohei Thomas Nakano, Youssef Belkhadir, Paweł Bednarek, Stéphane Hacquard. Tryptophan metabolism and bacterial commensals prevent fungal dysbiosis in Arabidopsis roots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (49): e2111521118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2111521118 To tackle this research question, … Read more

“Interpol’s procedures are opaque and without control, neither by States, nor by justice”

Tribune. As Emirati Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, former head of the United Arab Emirates security forces, targeted by several complaints of torture and human rights violations, takes office as president of Interpol, it is legitimate to wonder . Because this choice, beyond the person it designates, would it reveal a dysfunction? Dysfunction denounced for some time … Read more

Migrants in the Channel: for Europe, it is up to London to manage border control

Many migrants try every week to reach the coast of Great Britain from Calais aboard makeshift boats. MICHEL SPINGLER / AP The Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas estimated, Saturday, November 27, that the United Kingdom is responsible for solving its problems related to the influx of migrants since Brexit. The country “Left the … Read more

Optimistic about French growth, the OECD is worried about the control of public spending

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire (left) and OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann in Paris on November 18, 2021. XOSE BOUZAS / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP Congratulations and recommendations, in particular to control public spending and reduce debt. This is the health bulletin issued, Thursday, November 18, by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development … Read more

Lobbying and corruption: Boris Johnson tries to regain control

Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session in the London House of Commons on November 17, 2021. KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP For the past ten days, British opponents, commentators and political journalists have been wondering: would Boris Johnson’s lucky star be fading? The one that allowed him to … Read more

Precise blood pressure control may aid patient recovery from spinal injury

Journal Reference: Abel Torres Espín, Jenny Haefeli, Reza Ehsanian, Dolores Torres, Carlos A de Almeida, J Russell Huie, Austin Chou, Dmitriy Morozov, Nicole Sanderson, Benjamin Dirlikov, Catherine G Suen, Jessica L Nielson, Nikolaos Kyritsis, Debra D Hemmerle, Jason Talbott, Geoff T Manley, Sanjay S Dhall, William D Whetstone, Jacqueline C Bresnahan, Michael S Beattie, Stephen … Read more

Ecuador: Guayaquil prison “under control” by soldiers and police, after deadly riot

Soldiers near the prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 16, 2021. FERNANDO MENDEZ / AFP The situation would be ” under control “. According to the director of the penitentiary services of Ecuador Fausto Cobo, soldiers and police officers finally managed to take back in hand, Tuesday, November 16, the prison of Guayaquil, in the southwest … Read more

Xavier Bertrand deems “urgent to regain control over immigration” and unveils his proposals

Xavier Bertrand, November 4 in Marck-en-Calaisis, during his speech. DENIS CHARLET / AFP One month before the Les Républicains (LR) party congress during which members will choose their candidate for the presidential election, Xavier Bertrand continues to unveil his proposals. On the program, Thursday, November 4: immigration. “No one is at the helm anymore. France … Read more