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Towards a new transplant scheme in the US
Four states in the USA have recently adopted a revision of the human organ donation law. This should facilitate donations and help fight both the shortage and the traffic of human organs.

Eggs for Science
by François BERLAND
In Britain, women can now donate eggs altruistically for medical research.
More chances to get pregnant if you don’t watch your figure
by Valérie SINTOBIN
An American study, published on March 1, revealed that eating low-fat dairy products could damage women’s fertility by impeding ovulation.
Richard Branson, the new space conqueror
Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Air, Virgin Trains and Virgin Records, has now decided to launch a private spaceline: Virgin Galactic.

Earth to Titan
by Amy KRAFT
On January 3, 2007, a radar survey of Titan’s high northern latitudes sent from the Cassini spacecraft, reported the discovery of lakes on Saturn’s most mystifying moon.

Botox Beauty
by Celia MEURICE
As more and more doctors turn to the lucrative trade of cosmetic medicine, Botox is hailed by many as the magic cure for wrinkles and age marks. However, Botox injections are not quite as innocuous as they sometimes sound.

You simply cannot believe your eyes.
by Pauline AUBEY & Fabien d’ANGELY
A scientist has succeeded in explaining how some optical illusions trick our brains. Although these tricks have been known and used for years by magicians, this scientific breakthrough is an important step towards a better understanding of how the human brain works.
On the fight against breast cancer, Indian students abroad, and houses on the moon.

Munchausen Mums (& sometimes Dads)
by Celia MEURICE
Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy is a type of mental illness in which the caregiver, usually the mother, feigns or induces an illness in another person, usually her child to gain attention and sympathy as the “worried” parent.
Koalas in bottles
by Stéphanie GAILLARD & Deborah SASSON
The eucalyptus-munching Australian icon is endangered. Preserving koalas has become a major concern for both scientists and green activists.
On the fate of severely premature babies, and the surveillance epidemic in the UK.

Podcasted lectures: A brave new learning strategy ?
Podcasted lectures have become a staple of many Australian, American and British students’ lives. To what extent are these brave new audio and video media able to substitute for class attendance and face-to-face interaction?
Pro-anorexia websites: a dangerous network.
“How to become anorexic ?” This question may seem odd, but a simple search on Yahoo or Google will retrieve at least four hundred different websites providing detailed answers.

Pluto is no longer a planet and at least one NASA scientist is furious.
by Fabien d’ANGELY
An international committee of astronomers has voted that Pluto is no longer to be considered as a planet. This has caused outrage among a small and vocal part of the scientific community.
Towards a slim-only future?
by Sandra DECKMYN
An American study has revealed that obese people are unable to control their appetite because they are food addicts, exactly like drug or alcoholic addicts.
On solar fridges, the benefits of learning and eyelash transplants.

Genealogy : An Online Treasure !
by Sylvie MELIN
The growing fascination for family history has turned into a thriving business on the internet.

In the World of Human Lab Rats
by Marie BLAS & Maïa PIRAT
A recent accident highlights the acute risks involved in clinical trials on humans.

A printer that could save your life!
by Sara BENDRIF & Adeline HUQUE
American scientists may have found a radical solution for patients who are waiting for a transplant: a printer that can create artificial organs!
English-speaking intelligence
by Bernard EDWARDS
Articles on intelligence gathering pop up every other day in most daily newspapers. A short reminder of basic intelligence jargon might help the neophyte.
A Cold War shelter under the Brooklyn Bridge
by Elodie SERVEAU
A secret chamber containing Cold War provisions has been discovered under one of New-York’s most famous landmarks.
On shark spies, new hearts and ecstasy addiction.

Artificial Intelligence in the US army.
by Aude BARGY & Romain BADOUARD
Artificial Intelligence has become prominent in the US Army recruiting and training methods.

Small devices, Great fears.
by Simon CARLI
Nanotechnology is the engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. It already has a great impact on our everyday life and it is expected to loom even “larger”.
On Irish mummies, American Egyptologists and Saturn moons.

Tiger, Tiger, is cloning right?
M. Crichton’s herds of cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were scary enough. But this fiction might become real if Australian scientists get their way and manage to clone Tasmanian tigers.
On the economics of eugenics, a priceless manuscript and the ability to die twice.

Modern alchemy: MMORPGs and how to turn virtual stones into real money.
by Fatima MEZARI
Modern technology has finally helped unravel the secret formula that alchemists have been looking for: MMORPGs, i.e.“massively multiplayer online role-playing games”.
The silent epidemic: diabetes in the US.
Almost 21 million Americans are believed to be diabetic; another 41 million are estimated to be pre-diabetic. Yet the dangers of this epidemic are little known outside public health circles.
On mobile music and hearing loss, tutorials for technophobes, and the virtues of black tea.
The new frontier: India’s booming computer market and American IT firms.
American software and computer giants are investing massively in India, where they face strong local competition.
On American Universities and Saudi Patrons, the End of Heat-Stroke, Evidence of Human Activity 700 000 Years Ago in Suffolk.
Space Fanatic to Launch Space Ship Races.
by Antoine PIETRI
Buy earplug manufacturing shares now ! You might soon be watching space ships racing in space at 300 miles per hour.
Disease, Poverty and Business: A Real Maze.
Fighting the AIDS pandemic in South Africa has given birth to new kinds of pharmaceutical companies.
Surgery: A Hope for Individuality.
A worldwide fund raising campaign to save Indian conjoined twins.
On Intelligent Design and Freezing Penguins, High Tech Peeping Toms, and Videogame Studies.
British scientific research endangered by animals rights activists turned terrorists
by Bérangère MAILLET
British animal rights activists lead a fight verging between non-violence and terrorism which ultimately is a real threat to scientific research.
On military dolphins, online scientific publishing, the new marketplace for transplant organs, and NASA vehicles for human space travel.

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