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Sunken Ship Cargo (BMKT): why do we study ' orphan objects ' to find out where they come from?

Sunken Ship Cargo (BMKT): why do we study ‘ orphan objects ‘ to find out where they come from?

Discussions on maritime issues in Southeast Asia have recently focused on issues such as security, the Blue Economy, law enforcement, and climate change. However, there is one maritime challenge that is less discussed, namely underwater heritage. We are researchers in a project entitled Reuniting Cargoes: Underwater Cultural Heritage of the Maritime Silk Route . Since the 1960s, Southeast Asia […] … learn more→

Do science fiction heroines influence the career choices of adolescent girls?

Do science fiction heroines influence the career choices of adolescent girls?

Do girls have little interest in science? This could be suggested by their persistent under-representation in sectors and professions dedicated to these disciplines . However, research in sociology shows that it is not for lack of taste or skills that they are relatively absent from these fields . An explanation would rather lie in the social norms which influence girls in their choices. If […] … learn more→

Will it be possible to 3D print skin to treat severe burn victims?

Will it be possible to 3D print skin to treat severe burn victims?

In France, each year, more than 400,000 people burn themselves and for 9,000 of them, these burns are serious. Whatever the cause (a hot liquid or object, electricity, flames, chemicals or even exposure to UV rays), these burns cause significant damage to the skin barrier, making burn victims particularly susceptible to infections. Indeed, the skin, the largest organ […] … learn more→

The ‘average’ revolutionized scientific research, but overreliance on it has led to discrimination and injury

The ‘average’ revolutionized scientific research, but overreliance on it has led to discrimination and injury

When analyzing a set of data, one of the first steps many people take is to compute an average. You might compare your height against the average height of people where you live, or brag about your favorite baseball player’s batting average. But while the average can help you study a dataset, it has important […] … learn more→

Drowning in ‘digital debt’? AI assistants can help – but we must use them carefully

Drowning in ‘digital debt’? AI assistants can help – but we must use them carefully

In recent days, the “right to disconnect” has entered Australia’s legislative agenda. It refers to employees’ rights to refuse unreasonable after-hours contact from their employer. In a work landscape where employees are constantly available after hours thanks to smartphones and portable devices, and employers are competing in global markets and operating on tight deadlines, concerns about […] … learn more→

Counting birds, identifying plants: does participatory science really advance research?

Counting birds, identifying plants: does participatory science really advance research?

The phenomenon of citizen science is not new, but it has grown over the last decade. Moreover, you yourself may have contributed by observing birds from your balcony or garden during the 2020 confinement, or by using your smartphone to identify a plant or an insect during a walk in the forest. In doing so, you shared your observations […] … learn more→

How to give children a taste for science

How to give children a taste for science

Throughout history, through its discoveries and innovations, science has been the engine of human progress. However, many people, especially young people , are unaware of much of the knowledge she brought . As teachers and researchers, we take up the challenge of bringing new generations closer to science. It is also about combating inequalities between men and women in […] … learn more→

Using AI to monitor the internet for terror content is inescapable – but also fraught with pitfalls

Using AI to monitor the internet for terror content is inescapable – but also fraught with pitfalls

Every minute, millions of social media posts, photos and videos flood the internet. On average, Facebook users share 694,000 stories, X (formerly Twitter) users post 360,000 posts, Snapchat users send 2.7 million snaps and YouTube users upload more than 500 hours of video. This vast ocean of online material needs to be constantly monitored for harmful […] … learn more→

The first Neuralink brain implant signals a new phase for human-computer interaction

The first Neuralink brain implant signals a new phase for human-computer interaction

The first human has received a Neuralink brain chip implant, according to co-founder Elon Musk. The neurotechnology company has started its first human trial since receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2023. The trial’s focus is on an implant that could potentially allow people with severe physical disabilities to control digital devices using their thoughts. […] … learn more→

Generative AI could also be used to exploit personal data in complete security: the trail of synthetic data

Generative AI could also be used to exploit personal data in complete security: the trail of synthetic data

How would you react if ChatGPT revealed your phone number and home address? Among the data on the web that the language model behind ChatGPT trains on, some information is personal and is not intended to be revealed. However, this risk is very real, as a team of researchers demonstrated by pushing ChatGPT to reveal a large […] … learn more→