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L'univers des origines au présent et prospectives sur la vie extraterrestre
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Lessons From Ants to Grasp Humanity

Lessons From Ants to Grasp Humanity | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
The biologist Edward O. Wilson has a new book, “The Social Conquest of Earth,” and it is already prompting sharp criticism from fellow scientists.
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Species explorers propose steps to map uncharted biosphere

Species explorers propose steps to map uncharted biosphere | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
An ambitious goal to describe 10 million species in less than 50 years is achievable and necessary to sustain Earth’s biodiversity, according to an international group of 39 scientists, scholars and engineers who provided a detailed plan, including measures to build public support.
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Science Unravels Ponytail Mystery: The Rapunzel Number

A trio of UK-based scientists has developed a mathematical equation explaining the shape of human ponytails. Their discovery, which encompasses everything from hair stiffness to curls, could help textile manufacturers, animators, and personal care companies improve their products.
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The pit-chains of Mars - a possible place for life?

The pit-chains of Mars - a possible place for life? | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

The latest images released from ESA’s Mars Express reveal a series of ‘pit-chains’ on the flanks of one of the largest volcanoes in the Solar System.

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H3+: The molecule that made the Universe

H3+: The molecule that made the Universe | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

The molecule known as H3+ is believed to have had a vital role in cooling down the first stars of the universe, and may still play an important part in the formation of current stars. Above, new stars burst into being in the star-forming nebula Messier 78, imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Les pentes des volcans martiens pourraient-elles héberger la vie ?

Les pentes des volcans martiens pourraient-elles héberger la vie ? | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
La recherche de sites martiens où les conditions nécessaires à l'apparition de la vie seraient réunies est une quête incessante que mènent les planétologues depuis des décennies.
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Micro Empire

...moving on from Macro Kingdom, we pass through the portal of a microscope to venture into the Micro Empire ... surrounding us … inhabiting us …
Stranger than fiction… molecular conflict and mitochondrial warfare … a heartstopping, subcellular epic … a truly microcinematic experience …
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Pondering a universe without purpose

Pondering a universe without purpose | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis. Everywhere we look, it appears that the world was designed so that we could flourish.
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Mystery of human consciousness illuminated: Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia

Mystery of human consciousness illuminated: Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
Primitive consciousness emerges first as you awaken from anesthesia. Awakening from anesthesia is often associated with an initial phase of delirious struggle before the full restoration of awareness and orientation to one’s surroundings.
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L'espace, le prochain Far West?

L'espace, le prochain Far West? | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
Rand Simberg, un ingénieur qui s'intéresse de près au développement commercial de l'espace, présentera une nouvelle étude sur la colline du Capitole de Washington pour promouvoir la colonisation de l'espace.
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Une nouvelle idée pour détecter les extraterrestres

Une nouvelle idée pour détecter les extraterrestres | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

"Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m'effraie", écrivait Blaise Pascal face au cosmos. Une manière moderne de réinterpréter cette phrase célèbre consiste à la rapprocher de l'échec qui, jusqu'à présent, a sanctionné toutes les tentatives des astronomes pour découvrir les signes d'une vie extraterrestre. E.T. se tait et son silence obstiné nous fait nous demander, encore et toujours, si nous sommes seuls dans l'Univers.

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Can Petridish Become The Kickstarter Of Science? We Ask The CEO

Can Petridish Become The Kickstarter Of Science? We Ask The CEO | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

Science in the U.S. is slated for a devastating blow on January 2, 2013 when the debt deal Congress passed last year kicks in, implementing a 9% cut in science funding lasting until 2021. While university infrastructures will be hit hard, the cuts will put a chokehold on research funding, reducing grants and increasing competition for them.

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Proposed satellite would beam solar power to earth

Proposed satellite would beam solar power to earth | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
A NASA-funded new approach to power-beaming solar-power satellites has been developed by John Mankins, who led the first NASA solar-power-satellite development team in the 90s.
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Dead stars ‘to guide spacecraft’

Dead stars ‘to guide spacecraft’ | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
A method of very precise positioning anywhere in space using X-ray signals from pulsars is being developed by researchers at Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.
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How would humans respond to first contact from an alien world?

How would humans respond to first contact from an alien world? | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
According to Star Trek lore, it is only 51 years until humans encounter their first contact with an alien species.
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Going ape for apps: young orangutan plays with iPad

Going ape for apps: young orangutan plays with iPad | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
The young orangutan reaches his hand through the cage and rubs his knuckles over an iPad, drawing wide colors across the screen with his favorite app.
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Première modélisation de la structuration de tout l'Univers observable du Big-Bang jusqu'à aujourd'hui

Première modélisation de la structuration de tout l'Univers observable du Big-Bang jusqu'à aujourd'hui | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

Une équipe de chercheurs du Laboratoire Univers et Théories (LUTH, Observatoire de Paris/ CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) (1) dirigée par Jean-Michel Alimi vient de réaliser pour la première fois le calcul de la structuration de tout l'Univers observable, du Big Bang jusqu'à aujourd'hui. La simulation effectuée a permis de suivre 550 milliards de particules.

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Dieu et la science

Dieu et la science | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
Les Dossiers de La Recherche font le point sur les relations entre la religion et la science. Du Big-Bang à la théorie darwinienne de l’évolution, découvrez comment les doctrines religieuses s’invitent dans les débats scientifiques.
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Marcus du Sautoy counts from zero to infinity

Marcus du Sautoy counts from zero to infinity | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
The Oxford mathematician takes us on a journey through the history of numbers, including the invention of zero and the taming of infinity...
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How Would Humans Respond to First Contact from an Alien World?

How Would Humans Respond to First Contact from an Alien World? | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
According to Star Trek lore, it is only 51 years until humans encounter their first contact with an alien species.
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Macaques et dauphins ont conscience de leurs limites cognitives

Dans deux articles publiés respectivement dans la revue Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society et dans une publication d’Oxford University Press, des psychologues américains font le point sur les capacités de certaines animaux à évaluer leurs propres aptitudes cognitives pour effectuer des tâches complexes.
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Deborah Gordon digs ants

Deborah Gordon digs ants | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it

With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert in search of keys to understanding complex systems.

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What Maslow Missed

What Maslow Missed | Beyond the cave wall | Scoop.it
Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.
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