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Supersonic planes, such as Concorde, were eventually scrapped due to their excessive fuel consumption. However, researchers at the Applied Optics Laboratory are working on new technology that could reduce the fuel consumption of supersonic aircraft, by effectively halving the braking force exerted by their drag.

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The Alliance Program congratulated last December the awarded long-term Alliance Program Visiting Professors for the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Professors will visit for a full academic term, and teach a course, participate in research activities in their host department, present a seminar, and meet students.

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The Alliance Program is an innovative partnership between Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Sciences Po. The four universities collaborate to develop academic partnerships and exchanges through joint projects, visiting professorships, doctoral mobility grants, and student-driven initiatives.

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Few people know his name, but everyone knows what he did: Fulgence Bienvenüe designed the Parisian metro. The first episode of our series, "École Polytechnique: A Global Impact", takes a look at the life of the engineer who revolutionized transport in the French capital.

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Pablo Ducru, class of 2011, was selected Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Schwarzman Scholars is an academic program designed to prepare future global leaders to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century.

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On Thursday, December 6th in Shanghai, China, an Expert Talk took place regarding the societal and industrial impacts of Artificial Intelligence. Four researchers from École Polytechnique talked on the subject AI: Impact on the Industry and the Society

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