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Punk was a musical and counter-cultural movement which has now achieved subject of study profile for researchers. Since 2013, musicologists and historians have been working together on a programme called "Punk is not dead", which aims to retrace 40 years of punk history in France. The very nature of this movement, with its ideology of make-do living, makes it urgent today to collect and preserve punk archives. Relying on calls for donations, study days and oral testimonies, researchers managed…

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Plastic waste that accumulates in the ocean slowly deteriorates into smaller pieces. Scientists now estimate the amount of microplastics under the sea at 5000 billion tons, but the amount of nanoplastics remains unknown. That is why a French team decided to collect samples from the Mediterranean Sea to detect traces of nanoplastics. First, they concentrated the water by ultrafiltration and then used a dynamic light scattering technique to identify the nanoparticles. The final step was to resort…

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Plastic Ocean
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La créativité, cette aptitude à proposer idées et concepts originaux et cohérents, est un des grands mystères de notre cerveau, qui passionne psychologues et neuroscientifiques. Différentes expériences sont menées auprès d'adultes et d'enfants pour tenter de comprendre la façon dont le cerveau humain appréhende et surtout génère originalité et nouveauté.

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Demain, tous créatifs ?
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Upon being awarded the 2017 CNRS Innovation Medal, Jean-Marie talks about his career and his taste for transmission and collaboration with younger generation researchers. Being a professor at the Collège de France and a specialist of solid-state electrochemistry, he is also the director of the solid-state and energy laboratory (laboratoire Chimie du solide et de l'énergie, a CNRS/Collège de France/Pierre and Marie-Curie University joint research unit). He first started to draw attention to…

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2017 CNRS Innovation Medal laureate: Jean-Marie Tarascon
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More than forty years ago, Jean Rouch developed a practice at the crossroads of human sciences and film making: visual anthropology. On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the filmmaker and anthropologist, researchers Laetitia Merli, Philippe Lourdou, Nadine Wanono and Boris Petric discuss the legacy left by Jean Rouch in this discipline. Fascinated by technology, Rouch very early on seized upon the technological developments that made cameras increasingly lighter to film the…

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Jean Roach's legacy
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A l'occasion de sa médaille d'or 2017, décernée par le CNRS, Thibault Damour retrace son parcours. Physicien et théoricien, il entre au CNRS en 1977, au sein du département d'astrophysique relativiste et de cosmologie de l'observatoire de Paris. Ses travaux, menés sur les ondes gravitationnelles, ont permis la détection indirecte de ces ondes, dans les années 1980, et de façon directe plus récemment. Le 14 septembre 2015, les détecteurs de la collaboration LIGO-Virgo ont enregistré le passage…

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Médaille d'or CNRS 2017 : Thibault Damour
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C'est dans la région des Hauts Plateaux, au centre du Vietnam, que vivent « les Montagnards », une vingtaine d'ethnies qui pratiquent le jeu de gong. Cet instrument à percussion est présent dans tous les rituels et festivités qui accompagnent la vie du village. Décrit depuis deux siècles par des explorateurs, des ethnologues et des historiens de tous pays, le gong n'est pas seulement un instrument de musique, mais aussi un objet complexe et pluriel qui participe de l'expression de la culture de…

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Gongs à l'épreuve de la modernité (Les)
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As a 2016 CNRS Innovation Medal laureate, Marin Dacos looks back on his career. This computer scientist, initially educated as a historian, heads the French centre for open digital publishing (or Cleo, Centre pour l'édition électronique ouverte). Having pioneered open access on line publishing, he is now one of the leading voices of digital humanities. He founded the Cleo, a joint service unit which employs a team of fifty people. The Cleo has developed the OpenEdition portal which pools four…

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2016 CNRS Innovation Medal laureate: Marin Dacos
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The 2016 CNRS Gold Medal was awarded to the mathematician Claire Voisin. This distinction came as recognition for her major contributions to Complex Algebraic Geometry. Famous for her original and multifarious research, she won numerous rewards and has achieved exceptional international credit. In this portrait, Claire Voisin takes a look back on her career and enthuses over the endless questions raised by mathematics. As a CNRS researcher for more than thirty years and rewarded on many…

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Claire Voisin and the strength of abstraction
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This video is an interview with Patrick Maestro, as a winner of the 2015 CNRS Innovation Medal. The 62 year-old chemist and a freshly appointed member of the French academy for technologies is a forerunning authority in material science. He has worked during his research on rare-earth based oxide compounds which are to be found now in low-consumption lamps (LEDs), that he had a major part in their making, in automotive post combustion catalysers or as dyes in plastics. With his 60 publications…

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2015 CNRS Innovation Medal laureate: Patrick Maestro
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Frédérick Douzet is Professor at the French institute of Geopolitics (Institut Français de Géopolitique) at the university Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis and Castex Chair in Cyberstrategy. Her research focuses on the geopolitical stakes of cyberspace, i.e. the power rivalries linked to the global expansion of the Internet and the communication arena it generates, between a multiplicity of stakeholders (States, companies, individuals, political groups, hackers, criminals, etc.). Be it data…

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Frederick Douzet, Geographer
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The 2015 CNRS Gold Medal, France's highest scientific distinction, has been awarded to the cell biologist Eric Karsenti, CNRS senior researcher emeritus. His career has been marked by significant breakthroughs concerning cell cycle regulation, the mechanisms that enable cells to divide. Karsenti has spent a large part of his working life at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Germany. He also pioneered interdisciplinary approaches in cell biology, which he applied in the…

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Eric Karsenti, the emergence of complexity
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Digital interactivity plays a significant role our current environment. Our eyesight and hearing are constantly in demand by our permanent use of tablets and smartphones. However, these devices do not provide touch-and-feel feedback through their screens. This film is a description of a tactile feedback device developed by Betty Semail's team, the STIMTAC (Touch Stimulator). It relies on the principle of creating a texture illusion felt through a flat surface. Produced in collaboration with…

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A virtual touch of reality
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Suzy Platiel, an ethnolinguist and an Africanist, explains what led her to work on the tale. She tries to understand the function of the tales in oral societies, especially in Sanan of Burkina Faso. She intervened, in the 1980s in schools in France, in order to distribute this educational tool. She explains that the mastery of oral and body language is essential in the development of the child, before requiring they may read or write. Jean-Christophe Gary, a French teacher, and others, who…

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In the country's tale
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How to judge a person of foreign origin when we do not know his culture? Suzy Platiel, an ethnolinguist and an Africanist, in collaboration with Laurence Bellon, the vice president and coordinator of the children's court in Lille, involved since 2001 in training delivered to the National School of Magistracy. This training aims to provide knowledge on cropping patterns of migrants, to establish a dialogue and avoid errors of judgment.

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Magistrates and migrants
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In this three-part film, Jean-Claude Golvin, architect-archaeologist, explains his representation methods of ancient sites and monuments. In the first part, we follow, without comments, the architectural representation of the emperor's Tiberius villa Jovis in Capri, from the very beginning: the first outlining of the borders of the building with pencil and later the painting of the villa on aquarelle. in the second part, Jean-Claude Golvin gives a description of this architectural…

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Following Jean-Claude Golvin's drawings

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