Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
A team from the NeuroSpin (CEA-Joliot), in collaboration with Inserm (Tours), has published the first anatomical atlas of the human brain stem using mesoscopic resolution ultra-high field MRI. This atlas, freely accessible as a wiki, will be used in particular by neuroanatomists and neurosurgeons to help them in their procedures.
Researchers from the CEA-Joliot, the Collège de France, the CNRS and the University of Paris 8 have shown that humans possess a universal capacity to understand abstract geometric concepts. In contrast, this ability, which does not depend on age, culture or education, does not exist in any of the studied non-human primates.
It is as if a microwave photon interacting with a small superconducting junction was split into several photons of lower energy! This is the scenario proposed by an IRIG researcher to interpret recent experiments using a network of superconducting Josephson junctions.
Drawing upon the 3D reconstruction of the cellular architecture of several phytoplankton families, researchers at the CEA-Irig have demonstrated that the physiological responses of these eukaryotes are associated with certain characteristics of their energy-producing organelles. This work thus provides new perspectives for the production of algal biomass, upstream of biotechnology applications.
Coupled to a novel multi-pore optic inspired by the vision of some crustaceans, the X-ray camera to be used in the MXT telescope of the Franco-Chinese satellite SVOM was designed and assembled by the Irfu and recently delivered to the Cnes. SVOM is scheduled for launch in late 2022.
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HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING | SIMULATION ＆ MODELLING
ENERGIES | NUCLEAR ENERGY | NUCLEAR FUSION | FUSION THROUGH INERTIAL CONTAINMENT | FUSION THROUGH MAGNETIC CONTAINMENT
High-level experts from around the world will discuss progress towards achieving energy production from nuclear fusion at an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting next week. The 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) will take place virtually from 10 to 15 May. It is organized by the IAEA and co-hosted by the ITER Organization and the Government of France through the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
HEALTH ＆ LIFE SCIENCES
Under the impetus of Patrick Landais, the High Commissioner, the FOCUS incentive program has selected the Organoids On a Chip (OOC) project to support interdisciplinary synergies between technological sciences and life sciences within the CEA. The objective is to promote the emergence of breakthrough ideas, concepts or technologies in the biomedical field.
MATTER ＆ THE UNIVERSE | ASTROPHYSICS
BRAIN | SIMULATION ＆ MODELLING
EBRAINS (European Brain ReseArch INfrastructureS) is a european research infrastructure designed by the scientific community which, based on a set of state-of-the-art digital platforms, aims to answer the analysis and processing needs of large brain data sets. CEA carries for France EBRAINS inscription on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures roadmap, which was submitted in early September 2020.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.