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Margaux Héritier

Senior Scientific Editor

About Margaux

Margaux’s early interest in health and how drugs work led her to a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s currently pursuing a PhD using computational tools to design new drugs and study structural biology. She soon realised while practicing as a pharmacist how important science communication is when health professionals communicate with their patients, as this can have a significant impact on how they perceive and follow their treatment. She thinks Science provides an infinite source of wonder, and aims at sparking curiosity for interesting scientific stories thanks to breakers.

Margaux is the editor of 8 Breaks:

The Dark Side of Nudges

Among other methods, governments use highway message signs to encourage responsible driving. We find that displaying year-to-day roadside fatality counts leads to an immediate increase in traffic crashes. We argue that the statistics distract drivers at precisely the moments when they should focus on the road.

Sep 30, 2022 | 3 min read
Using ants to sniff out cancer?

Has it ever crossed your mind that ants could detect cancer? A French team of scientists may have discovered a new non-invasive method for cancer screening using the ants’ sense of smell. Their ants could represent an alternative to other expensive and invasive detection methods like mammograms or MRIs in this major challenge for public health.

Sep 21, 2022 | 3.5 min read
Towards Smaller And Less Palatable Fish Species In A Warmer World

Fish vertebrae from a marine sediment record collected from Peru reveal an unexpected regime shift in fish community. During the last interglacial, the warm waters and low oxygen favored small fish species, at the detriment of anchovy that nowadays sustains the largest fishery in the world. Looking at the past helps us predict the future of fish communities in the context of global warming.

Aug 25, 2022 | 3 min read
Creating Tiny Stars On Earth In The Quest For Fusion Power

At the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA), we have recently produced record performance in laser-driven fusion experiments. Exploring and manipulating these extreme conditions brings us one step closer to harnessing fusion reactions for carbon-free energy production.

Aug 1, 2022 | 3.5 min read
Our Galaxy is shooting out bullets of cold gas

Using modern radio-telescopes, we found that the Milky Way expels large amounts of dense, cold gas from its central regions through a powerful galactic wind. Although we don’t understand well this phenomenon yet, it may shape the future life of our Galaxy as it removes the material needed to form the next generation of stars.

Nov 23, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Disparities in food spending away from home: where will COVID hit hospitality hardest?

Despite costing the UK hospitality industry £200 million per day in 2020, the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the industry are unknown, with measures such as the furlough scheme masking the full consequences. We generated datasets of pre-pandemic spending to assess which areas traditionally relied the most on the hospitality industry and will therefore suffer in the long-term.

Nov 11, 2021 | 3.5 min read