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    Why do you have to put down the bottles of wine?

    It is generally advisable to keep your wine bottles lying down. The goal? Avoid the oxidation of the wine. A principle that only applies to closed bottles with corks. Explanations. Lying or standing? You may have wondered if, to avoid finding them corked, it is not better to store bottles of wine standing. Especially for […] More

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    Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life

    When it comes to efficiency, nature is often a good advisor. And this is once again what American researchers are demonstrating today. They were inspired by beetles, cactuses and grasses to imagine biomimetic surfaces, able to extract drinking water from the desert air. In some areas more than in others, water supply is a problem. […] More

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    Is one of the oldest pyramids in the world hidden under this hill?

    Indonesian researchers claim to have found traces of a temple dating back to the Cro-Magnon Man. This announcement, supported by digs and techniques of tomography and carbon 14, is not unanimous. Gunung Padang, located in the West Java province of Indonesia, is considered the largest megalithic site in Southeast Asia. Discovered by Dutch settlers in […] More

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    If Mars and Venus exchanged their place … what would happen?

    Our neighbor Mars is a world twice as small as Earth, very dry and icy. Venus is closer to the Sun, but the powerful greenhouse effect makes it a stifling and uninhabitable planet. But, imagine for a moment that we can reverse their positions with respect to the Sun? What would become of them? Would […] More

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    New Horizons will skirt the asteroid Ultima Thule on January 1st, 2019

    Three years after having flirted with Pluto, New Horizons arrives in view of MU69’s 2014 nicknamed Ultima Thule. On January 1, 2019, the probe will pass very close to this asteroid located more than 6.6 billion kilometers from the Earth to study. This will be the farthest object ever visited. It’s getting closer! “Ultima here […] More

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    Science shifted: it takes 2,500 licks to finish a lollipop

    Researchers at New York University placed candies of different sizes and shapes in moving water. This work allowed them to calculate the speed at which a candy dissolves. If many children have tried to finish a lollipop without the bite, few have succeeded … It must be licked. But how many licks are needed to […] More

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    The rings of Saturn are disappearing!

    Like the mountains, oceans and continents on Earth, the rings of Saturn would be ephemeral and should disappear within 300 million years. The icy particles that compose them fall indeed on the giant under the effect of its gravity and its magnetic field. Galileo was the first to observe Saturn with a telescope. He discovered […] More

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    Helicopters: everyone’s weight and speed

    Immediately recognizable by their appearance, civilian helicopters are very similar, but yet very different. Futura takes stock of existing categories. Seen from below, they are all alike, yet there are 80 different types of civil helicopters. All devices are not equal. They are categorized by the European civil aviation regulatory bodies according to their maximum […] More

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    In pictures: InSight seen from space by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    The images of InSight on the floor of Mars seen from the Martian sky were expected. More for their fun-educational character than for a scientific interest. And this series of shots, we owe it to the camera HiRISE Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe (MRO) who acquired them on December 6 and 11. Discover them with our […] More

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    Science confirms that dogs can recognize a bad person

    Have you ever noticed how easy it is for your dog to gauge people? As human beings, we often find it difficult to “judge people by their appearance”, but it seems that dogs have this talent. This is probably because they have such incredible meanings that allow them to track people for miles, to detect […] More

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