Love and power in the land of the Soviets

Nadezhda Krupskaya

In her book “Une histoire érotique du Kremlin” (An Erotic History of the Kremlin), researcher Magali Delaloye retraces the life of women who gravitated to the heart of Bolshevism. Campaigner for free love, adored daughter, self-effacing, trapped or voluntarily exiled wife: what path did these women tread alongside Lenin or Stalin?

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Laws for robots must come soon

Siri, Aido, Roxxxy: whether machines with augmented intelligence or automatons, robots range from lawn mower to adviser and friend. While these gifted machines have not yet overtaken science fiction, they are coming close to it. Before they start laying down the law, isn’t it time to give them a legal framework? Sylvain Métille, specialist in law relating to data protection and new technologies, says it is.

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We create 1500 new neurons every day

Even in adult brains, new neurons are continually forming. Over our lifetime, we renew 80% of the cells in the area of the hippocampus, a crucial structure for learning and memory. A team at UNIL has uncovered some of the secrets of this process of neurogenesis, with the added bonus of potential therapeutic applications, notably for Alzheimer’s disease.

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When volcanoes disrupt life on Earth

Craters in Laki region (Iceland)

The threat posed to biodiversity today is nothing compared to the violent volcanic events that affected the Earth in the past. These events created vast continents of lava, altered the climate and led to the extinction of numerous living species. Researchers at UNIL have retraced how such exceptional geological events unfolded.

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