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Pourquoi le papier des livres devient-il jaune ?Lorsque l’on rouvre un livre rangé dans notre bibliothèque depuis plusieurs années, on a souvent la surprise de découvrir que ses pages ont jauni. Mais d’où vient ce phénomène ? On vous explique. Qu’il s’agisse d’un livre, d’un journal ou d’une lettre gardé pendant des décennies, tout le monde a déjà pu observer le phénomène. Lorsque le papier est abandonné dans un coin pendant une longue période, il est fréquent que celui-ci se mette à jaunir, jusqu’à prendre un air de parchemin. Pourquoi un tel phénomène ? La réponse se cache au coeur même du papier !En réalité, il n’y a pas forcément besoin d’attendre une éternité avant que ce phénomène se déclenche, parfois quelques années seulement suffisent. Le papier est fabriqué à partir de fibres végétales venant du bois, comprenant la cellulose, l’hémicellulose et la lignine. Comme l’explique au site LiveScience, Susan Richardson, professeur de chimie à l’Université de Caroline du Sud, c’est ce dernier élément, de la famille des polymères, qui explique le jaunissement des feuilles.La cellulose est une substance incolore qui a la particularité de bien réfléchir la lumière. C’est ce qui nous permet de percevoir le papier comme blanc. Mais lorsque le papier, et donc la lignine, sont exposés à l’air et à la lumière, la structure moléculaire de cette dernière change. Les molécules de la lignine composées d’oxygène, d’hydrogène et de carbone réagissent en effet avec l’oxygène contenu dans l’air, altérant sa structure. Ceci provoque la formation de régions moléculaires appelées chromophores qui ont la particularité de réfléchir certaines longueurs d’onde que nos yeux perçoivent comme des couleurs. Dans le cas de la lignine, c’est le jaune ou le marron qui intervient. Voilà pourquoi le papier prend une teinte jaune avec le temps !Tout dépend de la qualité du papierNéanmoins, tous les papiers ne se valent pas. Les papiers de très bonne qualité sont fabriqués à partir de pâtes chimiques selon un procédé qui sépare la lignine de la pulpe, ce qui fait qu’ils vieillissent mieux et gardent plus longtemps leur couleur blanche.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Au contraire, ceux de moins bonne qualité, comme par exemple les papiers de journaux ou d’annuaires, sont préparés à partir de pâtes mécaniques, ils ont ainsi une plus forte teneur en lignine et s’oxydent bien plus rapidement. C’est pourquoi nos vieux journaux jaunissent si vite !Pour conserver vos documents et livres plus longtemps, il faut donc les mettre à l’abri de leurs ennemis. Rangez-les dans des boîtes d’archivage plutôt que sous plastique, dans une pièce à l’abri de la lumière, mais aussi de l’humidité et de la chaleur qui affectent également le papier. Le 20 novembre 2018 à 10:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
IBM is embracing artificial intelligence with the launch of IBM Cloud Private for Data. The platform consists of integrated data science, data engineering and app building services. According to IBM, it is designed to help organizations accelerate their AI journeys and increase productivity. “Whether they are aware of it or not, every company is on a journey to AI as the ultimate driver of business transformation,” said Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Analytics. “But for them to get there, they need to put in place an information architecture for collecting, managing and analyzing their data. With today’s announcements, we are planning to bring the AI destination closer and give access to powerful machine learning and data science technologies that can turn data into game-changing insight.”The platform is powered by an in-memory database that is capable of ingesting and analyzing one million events per second, according to their internal testing. In addition, it is deployed on Kubernetes, allowing for a fully integrated development and data science environment, IBM explained. The company hopes it will provide organizations with access to data insights that were previously unobtainable, and allow users to exploit event-driven applications to gather and analyze data from IoT sensors, online commerce, mobile devices, and more. Cloud Private for Data includes capabilities from IBM’s Data Science Experience, Information Analyzer, Information Governance Catalogue, Data Stage, Db2, and Db2 Warehouse. These capabilities will allow customers to gain insights from data stored in protected environments and make data-driven decisions. According to the company, the solution is meant to provide a data infrastructure layer for AI behind firewalls. Going forward, IBM plans to have Cloud Private for Data run on all cloud and be available in industry-specific solutions for areas such as financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. As part of the launch, the company also announced the Data Science Elite Team, a no-charge consultancy team that will advise clients on machine learning adoption and assist them with their AI roadmaps.
ActiveState has added new beta features to its platform. According to the company, the new features will help “automatically build, certify and resolve open source language.”Specific features include the ability to select a set of packages from ActiveState’s inventory to create on-demand builds, automated Python builds, automatic dependency resolution, commit-based build history, and integrated Python runtime vulnerability reporting.“Polyglot is killing the enterprise, but it doesn’t have to. We believe you should enjoy all the benefits of many open source languages without any of the hassles. We want to free up coder time for high-value work, enable them to run a single command and get coding. And we want to empower management with the visibility and controls required to give developers the freedom to use open source tool,” said Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState.AWS acquires CloudEndureAWS has acquired cloud company CloudEndure. CloudEndure is a disaster recovery, cloud backup, and cloud migration solution provider. The company has been an AWS Advanced Technology Partner since 2016.“This acquisition expands our ability to deliver innovative and flexible migration, backup, and disaster recovery solutions,” CloudEndure wrote on its website. Square launches In-App Payments SDKSquare has launched a new In-App Payments SDK, which will enable developers and sellers to process payments within consumer-facing mobile apps. According to the company, the SDK includes a customizable payments flow that is compatible with most popular payment types. By letting the SDK handle the complexity of payments, developers will be able to focus on building better experiences, Square explained.“With the introduction of in-app mobile payments to the Square platform, developers now have a complete, omnichannel payments solution for all their payment needs,” said Carl Perry, developer lead at Square. “From software to hardware to services, Square offers a complete payments experience all in one cohesive open platform. Even better, developers and sellers can manage all their payments across in-store, mobile and online all in one place.”Hyatt launches bug bounty programHyatt has launched a new bug bounty program, making it the first company in the hospitality industry to do so. The news comes after Marriott revealed a major security breach. Rewards will be released after remediation based on severity.“By being the first organization in the hospitality industry to embrace the collaborative efforts of global security researchers, Hyatt hopes to continue to raise its already high level of security standards as well as learn from and collaborate with security researchers,” Hyatt wrote in a post. “If you have information about a qualified security vulnerability that is within our predetermined scope, we would love to hear from you!”More information on the bug bounty program can be found here.
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