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Le « Color Game » propose à des joueurs du monde entier de communiquer à l’aide de symboles en noir et blanc pour faire deviner des couleurs à des correspondants anonyme. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Munich

Un jeu pour décrypter les mécanismes de la communication humaine

Le Color Game est la première application sur smartphone destinée à générer des données permettant d’étudier l’émergence et l’évolution d’un langage en temps réel.
Le bonheur a envahi nos vies. Mais sommes-nous plus heureux ? Artem Bali/Unsplash

Sois heureux et tais-toi !

« Le bonheur est-il cet objectif suprême que nous devrions tous nous efforcer d’atteindre ? » s’interrogent les chercheurs Éva Illouz et Edgar Cabanas dans leur ouvrage « Happycratie ».
La réintroduction des ours bruns européens dans les Alpes ne fait pas que des heureux… Alexas Fotos/Pixabay

Peut-on cohabiter avec les ours ?

Apprendre à vivre avec l’ours brun n’est pas impossible. C’est même une nécessité si l’on veut préserver ce grand prédateur de l’extinction en Europe de l’Ouest.
The return of European brown bears to the Alps means that humans must learn about cohabitation. Alexas Fotos/Pixabay

How to live with bears

Bear-man conflicts have made news in the Alps but history tells a story of a possible cohabitation.
On expedition with Norman Tindale and local Aboriginal group at a rock shelter at Bathurst Head (Thartali) in eastern Cape York Peninsula, 1927. Photo by Herbert Hale/South Australian Museum, Archives Norman Tindale Collection (AA 338/5/4/41)

DNA reveals Aboriginal people had a long and settled connection to country

Aboriginal people stayed settled in places across Australia for 50,000 years until Europeans arrived, showing a strong connection with the land.
Bonobo Jasongo at Leipzig Zoo has a hunch about what you’re thinking. MPI-EVA

Can great apes read your mind?

Realizing that others' minds hold different thoughts, feelings and knowledge than your own was thought to be something only people could do. But evidence is accumulating that apes, too, have 'theory of mind.'
Get the knuckle-dragging caveman image out of your head – Neandertals were master toolmakers. marcovdz

Neandertal toolmakers left a leatherworking legacy

Ever since the Neandertal (Homo neanderthalensis) type fossil was discovered in the Neander Valley of Germany in 1856, the species has been variously portrayed as knuckle-dragging cavemen and primitive…
Hartmut Michel discussing the future of energy production and storage. 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Nobel laureate: the world is waking up to biofuel shortcomings

Hartmut Michel won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1988 “for the determination of the structure of a photosynthetic reaction centre”, which helped reveal details of one of nature’s most useful processes…
Round of golf after lunch, chaps? The 9th Aircraft Engineering Research Conference, 1934. NASA

Women’s contribution to science goes unheard

Even today there are few women graduate students and even fewer women academics, especially in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and maths). Why is this the case, even in 2013, and what…
Linguistic controversy: could ultraconserved words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia? Sharon Mollerus

Thinking the unthinkable: tracing language back 15,000 years

Just about everyone has a personal stake in language, and many people — expert and amateur — feel entitled to an opinion. But linguists care more than most people, and when linguistics hit the media, linguists…

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