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Similar evolutionary paths in the domestication of goats and sheep

Published on March 06, 2018
Press release published by UGA/CNRS/USMB

By comparing the genome changes observed in goat and sheep, researchers has taken the first step towards characterising the genetic basis underpinning the ‘domestication syndrome’.
During domestication processes, humans have shaped the characteristics of wild species in order to exploit them. The genetic mechanisms behind induced changes are still poorly understood to this day, including those that would explain the occurrence of similar traits in different domestic species. However, by (...)

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First discovery of an exoplanet by SPHERE

Published on July 07, 2017
Press release published by the CNRS

The astronomical instrument SPHERE, installed since 2014 on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, has made its first discovery of a planet around a star other than the Sun, known as an exoplanet.
Only a handful of the 3,600 exoplanets detected since 1995 have been observed directly in this way. With a mass between 6 and 12 times that of Jupiter, HIP65426b is a young massive planet orbiting around a bright star in rapid rotation, located in the (...)

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Ice Memory 2 : full success on the Illimani glacier

Published on June 20, 2017
Press release published by the Fondation univeristé Grenoble Alpes

The second expedition of the ICE MEMORY project, took place on the Illimani glacier (Bolivia) from May 22nd until June 18th, 2017. It just ended with full success! The international team at work has successfully extracted two ice cores down to bedrock, at more than 6,300 m above sea level, despite extreme climatic conditions. One of the ice cores will be analyzed while the other one with join the first world heritage vault of ice cores (in Antarctica) obtained from glaciers under threat due (...)

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The Earth’s core in motion like nothing you’ve seen before!

Published on June 04, 2017
Press release published by CNRS / CNES the CNRS

A shield that protects us from solar wind, the Earth’s magnetic field is used as a bearing for airplanes, spacecrafts and even deep-well drilling. A better understanding of the physics behind our planet’s magnetic field, shaped in the outer core 3,000 km beneath our feet is therefore essential.
Like many planets and most stars, Earth produces its own magnetic field, primarily through a dynamo effect caused by the movement of an electrically conducting fluid – in this case, a mix of melted (...)

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Newly Discovered Exoplanet May be Best Candidate in Search for Signs of Life

Published on April 25, 2017
Press release published by the ESO

Transiting rocky super-Earth found in habitable zone of quiet red dwarf star. An exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth may be the new holder of the title “best place to look for signs of life beyond the Solar System”. Using ESO’s HARPS instrument at La Silla, and other telescopes around the world, an international team of astronomers discovered a “super-Earth” orbiting in the habitable zone around the faint star LHS 1140. This world is a little larger and much more (...)

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Ice Memory, mission accomplished on the Col du Dôme

Published on February 14, 2017

Scientists are joining forces to create a global archive of glacial ice for future generations. The project’s first mission to protect the world’s Ice Memory, launched in France on 15 August 2016 in the Mont Blanc massif, drew to a successful conclusion on 29 August.
Coordinated by Patrick Ginot, a research engineer at the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) working within the UGA-CNRS formerly named Laboratory of Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics and now Institut des (...)

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UGA doctoral student Caroline Bissardon wins the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowshipUNESCO 2016

Published on October 12, 2016
Press release published by the Université Grenoble Alpes

Observations of the Galactic Centre team at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way.
Bissardon is one of 30 young women to win this year’s fellowship for Women in Science. Her research focuses on the role of selenium in the growth and development of (...)

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Organic macromolecules detected by Rosetta in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Published on September 08, 2016
Press release published by The Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne

Observations of the Galactic Centre team at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) have for the first time revealed the effects predicted by Einstein’s general relativity on the motion of a star passing through the extreme gravitational field near the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way.
An international scientific team bringing together researchers from the Universities of Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC), Orléans, Paris-Sud and Grenoble-Alpes as (...)

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