Did the stars shape life on Earth?  Answers in Futura's latest paper magazine

Did the stars shape life on Earth? Answers in Futura’s latest paper magazine

From the origin of life to the boom in astrology… We are proud to present to you a preview of the main topic of our new issue dedicated to the universe. For this issue 3, we had the privilege of working with editor-in-chief Cassiopi Toskus.

In the contents of this Issue 3, you will find:

  • a central file of 60 pages for analyzing the universe and its effects;
  • An introductory file on environmental issues: Confronting Gaia – Mountains, Sanctuary Under Pressure ,
  • And many other formats to better understand the world and preserve it: The Beast of the Quarter, The Mechanics of Beauty, Where is Technology Going?, Cosmic Knowledge, Science in Comics…

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Contents of this new issue: A central file on the universe and its effects

The number 3 is dedicated to the influence of the universe on the earth and its beings. Its past had an impact not only on the origin and development of life on Earth, but also on the history of human society. There could be no more fertile ground for the collective imagination than this, the sky has shaped beliefs and mythologies, been the conductor of societies and the engine of human knowledge.

,There could be no more fertile ground for the collective imagination than this, the sky has shaped beliefs and mythologies, been the conductor of societies and the engine of human knowledge.,

Throughout the pages, you’ll also learn more about the supposed influence of the stars today, with a return to favor of astrology, astronomical beliefs, and biodynamics that intends to cultivate the stars. We will try to recall the difference between science and faith, but also between scientific consensus and isolated studies, by mobilizing arguments from physics and epistemology. Don’t forget to question deeply the reasons for this “return to magic”.

Finally, you’ll explore the future impact of the stars on living things, taking stock of threats from space, or the effects of their disappearance! Indeed, the starry sky immersed in megawatts is slowly disappearing. We lose our connection to the universe, living things suffer, and darkness becomes a resource to stay safe…

Survey – Stephen Hawking’s latest theory: when the laws of the universe are conducive to life

It’s a problem that has long puzzled theorists: the laws of the universe seem to be so finely organized that life could emerge. If many explanations are put forward – from the Grand Architect to the Multiverse – an unprecedented theory is coming to light. The result of two decades of research, it is presented in a brand new book by one of Stephen Hawking’s closest associates, Thomas Hertog. origin of time, , A Darker Darwinian Perspective on the Origin of the Universe », and a real cosmological revolution.

Investigation – Have the stars shaped life on Earth?

Emitted by distant stars, cosmic rays shower Earth with the most energetic particles in the universe, such as the direct link between terrestrial life and the depths of the universe… Not surprisingly, their potential effects excite the imagination of scientists are, through the slow evolution of living things from structure, the fundamental bricks of life, to mass extinction. An overview of the more or less concrete hypotheses currently being explored.

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Great Interview – Moon Effect

Without taking inspiration from astrology, which links the Moon to emotions or fertility, humans have assigned many powers to their satellite. For its part, science has proven that most of them were unfounded… although the effects of moonlight are still debated.

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Survey – Astrology put to the test of science

Contrary to what the proponents of astrology claim, it has been studied by scientists. But although many works have tested its foundations and denounced its inconsistencies, this paternalistic discipline still holds conviction. What arguments make it possible to limit one’s claims to the sphere of belief? Dive into the inconsistencies of pseudoscience.

Survey – Tomorrow, more night sky?

By colonizing the space-time of night with huge bursts of artificial light, we have gradually changed our relationship with the night and the starry sky. If this ever-increasing light pollution compromises astronomical observations, it also disrupts the rhythms and physiology of life in us and animals, including plants, putting ecosystems at risk. Thus night becomes a natural resource to keep safe…

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Also find an environmental file in this issue: Confronting Gaia – Mountains Under Pressure, Sanctuary

The opening file “Face a Gaia”, dedicated to the ecological challenges of our century, begins the assault on the mountains and analyzes our impact on these sanctuaries of life, whether direct, for example due to mountain sports, or indirect. formatively. Global warming is really disrupting the natural cycle of water and species badly. It’s especially brisk at high altitude, just like in arctic regions! Mountains are thus de facto sentinels of climate, but also exceptional laboratories for studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems. Indeed, their unique topography fosters unique climates and therefore biological diversity. Everything happens very fast there, and the adaptation of alpine species begs the question: will we be able to adapt over time too? Should we make the mountain wild again?

Interview – A water cycle upside down with Emmanuel Renard

Global warming, which intensifies with altitude, disturbs the water cycle in the mountains. Less in summer and more in winter, rain is gradually replaced by snow at higher altitudes. Emmanuel Renard, geographer and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Mountain Research at the University of Lausanne, now calls for prioritizing water use and the development of collective strategies to optimize the economy of mountain regions.

Survey – Should we make the mountain wild again?

Some human activities at high altitude, from winter sports to overgrazing, often undermine fragile species richness. If the resilience of a mountain environment depends exclusively on the richness of its biodiversity, then the return of wild animals – especially large predators – raises questions. Should the living be kept under the bell jar? How to reconsider our coitus? Note the different paths to rewilding.

Report – Glaciers: In the footsteps of endangered giants

It is not uncommon for researchers to come across the Mont-Blanc massif while hiking. The concerned observer, the patient teacher… The glaciologists, the experts on our cryosphere, lead us in search of the Mer de Glace and the brand new lake formed on the Bossons glacier. An opportunity to take stock of the status of these ice giants and the geomorphological issues associated with their disappearance.

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And many more educational formats and engaging topics…

AI: A Wild West Will Be Regulated

From ChatGPT to Midjorney, the public availability of artificial intelligence capable of generating text and images has exposed many risks. Errors, misinformation, cyberattacks, theft of our personal data… there are many concerns, the demand for legal supervision is gaining momentum, and more or less worrying platforms are on the rise.

Science Through Tools – Meeting with the Jean-Jay Supercomputer

On the Saclay plateau, the Institute for Development and Resources in Scientific Computing (IDRIS) houses one of the largest computers in France, Jean-JAY. Computing power reaching 36 million billion operations per second was put at the service of the entire French scientific community.

For a little more than ten years, Burgundy vines have been weakened by the direct consequences of climate change (drought, hail, frost, etc.) and are in danger of experiencing massive declines. Will We Still Be Growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2050? What are the potential optimization levers for wine producers? Report from these Burgundian pioneers who are writing a new history of wine.

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