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COP 21

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2015_Climate_Conference.svgDecember 11 was the last day of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. After almost two weeks of debates, the 21st yearly session of the United Nations Climate Change conferences (also named Conference of the Parties, hence the name COP21) which was held in Paris, France, reached an agreement.

The objective for the delegates of the 196 participating countries was to reach a global and binding agreement on climate change. And for the very first time in the climate conferences history, the Paris agreement reached a consensus. Its main point is to maintain the increase of the global average temperature below 2°C by 2100 and to do the best to limit it to 1.5°C.

But if the intention is commendable, some critics have been brought up – and they are considered. First of all, if most of the participants agreed on this, the accord has not been signed yet. This is expected for April 2016: let’s hope that the countries will keep their word. Along the same lines, the agreement will only be considered as legally effective if 55 UNFCCC Parties, accounting for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions, sign.
Also, the convention does not set any intermediate deadlines or quantified goals for each country. These decisions are let to the countries themselves.

Despite these few drawbacks, the Paris agreement is on the right track and the countries seem to be involved. Let’s hope for the best.

Written by Laurie Jacot

Handicap week at Insa

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Handizgoud
 

Handizgoud is an association  which goal is to raise awareness of disability. Even if society is better and better adapted to the insertion of disabled people in active life, the obligation of hiring 6 % of employees in situation of handicap is far from being respected in all the companies, and there are still a lot of  prejudices.

That is why, twice a year, the association organizes a week during which you can take part to a lot of fun activities and learn more about disability. The first week took place from the 10th to the 17th December 2015. Here are the activities you may be interested in :Handizgoud

  • Initiations to the french sign language the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th December.
  • “Handimanagement” evening on Tuesday 10th  to speak about insertion of disabled people in the professional world.
  • Quiz evening on Monday 14th : Come and test your knowledge by answering some questions !
  • Conference on innovation and disability with external stakeholders on Wednesday 16th.

Also, each activity is worth a given number of points. If you have enough points, you can obtain the mention “handicap insa”. This mention is recognized by several companies and underline the interest of the student about handicap.

More informations : https://www.facebook.com/handizgoudinsa

Written by Susie Repellin

Movies selection for Christmas holidays

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As you mays know… there is only one week left before the Christmas holidays! You will be able to rest, sleep more than six hours a night, eat a lot of chocolate, -maybe- study for your DS (just kidding) and spend afternoons in front of your TV ! Here is a movies selection specialy done for you.

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Love Actually

OK. This is cheesy and full of love… But you must admit  you’re watching this snowy feel-good movie every winter, and deep inside, your really like it! You spend two hours following many different characters dealing with personnal issues and trying to find love and happiness. Simple and effective.

Moulin Rouge

This incredible musical movie is very underrated… Christmas is the perfect time to discover or wactch again this cute, funny and tearful love story with (young) Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.  Your favorite songs are used in a very unexpected way and the result in awesome!

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Gremlins

Nobody really knows why this film is still watched today… We must face it, this is quite very bad. But this is so good! This is the movie you will watch with your little sisters and brothers and every one will have a very good time with the cute Gizmo!

A Disney movie

Take the one you want, you will never be really far from the Christmas spirit! The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan… The child inside you is closer than what you think and can’t stay insensitive to Disney’s magic!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

This visualy stunning stop-motion movie is perfect for Christmas times. A little bit creepy but super cute, the Pumpkin King became a Christmas symbol and, once again, every member of the family will enjoy it!

Joyeux Noël

If you like historical, touching and gloomy movies, this one is for you. Joyeux Noël focus on french and german soldiers during 1914 making a temporary break for Christmas.

Written by Ilona DUCIEL

Tech Talk: is Li-Fi the future of Wi-Fi?

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If you are reading this article, you probably are using Wi-Fi, or at least know about it. This wireless technology has helped shape the technology landscape in the last 15 years by providing easy access to the Internet from any device within range of a Wi-Fi router. Throughout the years, many iterations of the protocol have allowed significant improvements in terms of speed, range, reliability and security, making the deployment of wireless access points ever more interesting for both users and vendors.

A new technology, called Li-Fi, has started to emerge and allows much higher speeds than Wi-Fi while also being less invasive. Indeed, Li-Fi uses the visible electromagnetic wave range to transmit data instead of the current, much narrower radio bands used by Wi-Fi. While Li-Fi cannot penetrate walls and other kinds of obstacles, it can seamlessly be integrated into lighting solutions, allowing wide coverage in interiors and smarter broadcasting solutions. However, it cannot be used outdoors in direct sunlight because of light interferences.

Although the term has been coined in 2011 by Professor Harald Haas in a talk he gave in Edinburgh, Scotland at TEDGlobal 2011, the technology has only seen concrete developments recently, in particular as Velmenni, an Estonian start-up tested the technology in its offices and achieved a stable transmission speed of 1Gbps, which remains far from the 224Gbps obtained in some laboratories.


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Secret SCANta!

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Secret Scanta ♥

Last week took place the Secret SCANta, our own version of a famous tradition that comes from America.

The rules are very simple. Each student who wants to participate pick up the name of another student and has to find him a gift. As the name suggests, you don’t know who is going to be your secret santa -and you also may not know the person you have picked up which allow you to be very creative to find the perfect gift!

Then, on Thursday 3rd, we all went to the Flam’s to exchange our gifts. The ideal occasion to gather all SCAN students from first and second year, taste delicious  “flammekueche”, an Alsatian speciality, and of course have a lot of fun !!!

Written by Susie Repellin

Hunger Games – The Mockingjay (Part 2)

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Mockingjay

The Mockingjay (part 2) is the last -but not least- of the four movies based on the Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.

Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who started as an adolescent randomly chosen to play in a deadly game, is now a young woman embodying the rebellion. She changed a lot because of what she has been through but, as a spectator, it is always a pleasure to see her fighting for her ideas, never listening to anyone.

The director, Francis Lawrence, gives an epic conclusion to the serie. Part 2 exactly picks up where the last movie stopped. One way or another, the rebellion is coming to its end and during two hours we can feel that something big is going to happen. There is always a lot of action but what really makes this movie interesting is that it takes a deep look into the societal issues tackled previously, like for example, how far can we go in order to protect freedom.

If you love the books, you’ll love this movie which is very faithful to the story. If you love dystopias or science-fiction you’ll also love seeing Katniss and her friends trying to liberate Panem from President Snow while escaping mortal traps and dangerous enemies. To sum up, there will always be a good reason for you to watch this movie so if you are not convinced, just look at the trailer !

Written by Susie Repellin

Lyon Christmas Market

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Christmas Market

And it’s this time of the year again! Winter is surely coming, but above all Christmas is. And if ever you have time to wander in Lyon, you should head for the Place Carnot, where the Christmas Market is held from November 25 to December 24.

Fairy lights, bulbs… The whole place is covered in decorations to bring the Christmas spirit to life. There are no less than 140 chalets (wooden houses originally from the mountainous regions) to discover. You’ll find there the work of artisans and traders. Various local products are displayed, going from handcrafted toys to Christmas decorations, and of course produces. But even if you don’t count on buying stuff, you can go there for the free activities. Those include performances of magicians, charity sales, various exhibitions… Some well-informed people even affirm that if you show up at Place Carnot at the right time, you’ll even get a chance to see Santa Claus himself!

For more practical information (and to be sure to approach Santa Claus), check out the website of the event.

Opening hours:
10:30 am – 8:00 pm everyday
Extended to 10:00 pm on Saturdays
10:30 am – 4:00 pm on December 24
Could be modified due to November 13 events

Tech Talk: Bitwalking Dollar, a digital currency earned by walking

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Most people have already heard about Bitcoin, the most wide-spread digital currency. It can be used akin to regular currencies on many websites to buy goods or services directly, or it can also be traded on stock exchanges with euros and dollars to make it usable anywhere in the real world. However, it does have many specifities, the most important one being that each Bitcoin “wallet” is completely anonymous, which explains why Bitcoin has been the go-to money transferring system used for illegal activities such as the selling of drugs or weapons on the Tor network.

Shortly after the creation of Bitcoin, many other digital currencies (also called crypto-currencies) have been appearing across the web, either serving as a simple replacement to Bitcoin or bringing a special concept with them. Recently, one of the latters, the Bitwalking Dollar (BW$), has received much support from mainly Japanese companies, gathering a total of $10m dollars which should help fund the central bank for the currency.

The particularity of the BW dollar lies in the novel concept of people having to walk to obtain it (the current value is set to approximately 10,000 steps for 1 BW$). The number of steps travelled is measured by an app that users will have to install on their phone. In order to try and prevent scamming, the app is set to use many different metrics such as the accelerometer, the gyroscope, the GPS and the network connections of the device, though it remains unclear whether this will suffice to kill any attempt at cheating the system. To prevent abuses while the system is being tried, the daily revenue will be limited to 3 BW$ for the early stages of the project.

Initally, users will be able to choose amongst different products to spend their coins on in an online shop managed by the creators of the project. They should also be able to trade their Bitwalking dollars for real-world currency, with the beginning exchange rate being set at 1 BW$ = 1 US$. Many have voiced concerns over the potential fall of the value of the currency with respect to the US dollar as more currency is being created and put into circulation via the app. Other crypto-coins are known to have tackled this problem by proportionally increasing the difficulty in obtaining/generating new coins, which we imagine could be done for Bitwalking Dollars as well by increasing the number of steps required to acquire 1 BW$


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Inside Out – Back to childhood

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Ok we may be a bit late on that one… We just have to say this article is made to celebrate the DVD release of the movie!

Inside Out is the last Disney-Pixar concept animated movie. You may think this kind of film is made for children only, but you are totally wrong! I’m even going to say Inside Out is too complicated to be fully understood by someone under twelve years old. The first thing to say about this film is that the visuals are incredible, this is gorgeous movie with very original scenery ideas. We follow at the same time a little girl named Riley and the interactions between her emotions inside her head: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear during a complicated time in her life. This usualy happy child moves with her parents from the Minnesota to San Fransisco and has to leave her friends, house and habbits behind. This is a very deep film about childhood, growing up and depression. The children will love the colorfull and funny aspects of the movie, whereas the old ones will be impressed by the feelings’ analysis and touched by the situation they may have already experienced.

This moving makes an amazing job in explaining -obviously with sweet metaphors and illustartions- how the brain works, the mechanisms of dreams and even deals with phylosophical ideas, for instance it represents the subconscient exactly as Freud does. Many pedopsychatrists were really impressed by the way the child depression is described, and the movie is already studied and used in some psychology university in the US.

I let you with the trailer. See you next week !

Written by Ilona Duciel

Paris Attacks

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We think everyone knows what happened in Paris on Friday 13th. But still, we feel the need to write about it on our website. Because we simply cannot not mention it.

It had to be a normal Friday night in the French capital city. People were enjoying their evening: some went to see the friendly France-Germany football game at the Stade de France, others were hanging out with friends in restaurants or went to a concert at Bataclan. Happy times. Around 9 PM, a series of attack started in six different places. Three bombs exploded near the stadium. Almost at the same time, mass shootings and suicide bombing occurred in four different streets of the 10th and 11th arrondissements. But the worst was still to come: at 9:45, the Bataclan theater, where the band the Eagles of Death Metal was performing, was taken into hostage. Some of the spectators managed to escape, but 89 of them lost their lives there. The current total death toll is, as of today, 129 victims.

As many have already said, those attacks were not against Paris itself but against humanity. Last week on the INSA Lyon campus, there was a special atmosphere.

We all feel heartfelt sorrow for the victims and their relatives. On Monday 16th, the whole staff and every student of INSA Lyon observed a minute of silence to pay homage to them. Let’s hope that we’ll never have to face such events again.

 

Written by: Susie Repellin and Laurie Jacot