Making sense of science
Depression, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes… A collective study has confirmed the preventive and curative value of physical exercise in relation to chronic diseases – provided an appropriate regimen is put in place.
Article
01.22.2020
Discovered only recently, this underwater reef located some hundred kilometres off the coast of French Guiana boasts exceptional biodiversity, as scientists on board the Greenpeace ship “Esperanza” were able to observe last September.
Article
01.20.2020
The treatment of certain cancers using dynamic phototherapy has revealed an unexpected side effect: patients can see better at night. Using molecular simulation, scientists have now succeeded in clarifying the mechanisms that underlie this surprising visual...
Article
01.16.2020
01.14.2020
Very popular for the past 50 years, the laryngeal descent theory (LDT), proposed to explain the human capacity for speech, has been challenged by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Their conclusions push the possible emergence of speech back from 200,...
Article
01.09.2020
Recent years have seen the return of French archaeological missions to Iraq. A project launched last spring plans to use innovative cartography techniques to help Iraqis conserve their heritage.
Article
01.06.2020
A number of start-ups linked to labs at the CNRS will this week be attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, the famous international trade fair for new technologies.
Opinion
12.22.2019
Who invented the Dothraki spoken by Daenerys in Game of Thrones? What linguistic theory is the basis for the language spoken by the extra-terrestrials in the film Arrival? Frédéric Landragin, author of a recent book on the topic–How to Talk to an Alien?...
12.21.2019
Wood, stone, iron and lead: what do we know about the materials used to build Notre-Dame and the construction techniques employed at the time? Should they be replicated? And which tests that were...
Article
12.21.2019
What if the secrets of the origins of humanity were hidden in the DNA of the Papuan people? The Papuan Past project combines archaeological and genomic approaches to shed light on how human...
12.20.2019

From the research lab... to the game room! A team of robotics scientists has developed powerful algorithms that secure drone flights so well that anyone can fly them without fear of crashing...

Article
12.17.2019
After several years of decline, malaria is seeing a resurgence. Following the Sixth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which was recently held in...
Article
12.17.2019
Long seen as being totally isolated, the medieval societies of Sub-Saharan Africa were on the contrary highly connected to one another as well as to other parts of the world, as recently demonstrated...
Article
12.16.2019
A quarter of a century after the discovery of the first extrasolar planet, the CHEOPS space telescope will finally enable researchers to determine what exoplanets are made of.
Slideshow
12.13.2019
Invisible, and yet everywhere. Mercury is present in the atmosphere, oceans, and even in our plates! Since the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013, 128 countries have been striving...
12.03.2019
The great organ, which was partially spared by the fire, is not the only thing that resounds within Notre-Dame. CNRS researchers are trying to reconstruct the cathedral's sound environment...
Article
11.28.2019
The CNRS celebrated is 80th anniversary on 26 November in Paris, with an international symposium and an extraordinary ceremony for the 2019 Gold Medal—awarded to the physical chemist Thomas Ebbesen—...
11.25.2019

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic moonwalk, scientific instruments deployed on the Moon's surface continue to supply valuable data to scientists. Using these reflectors...

Article
11.25.2019
On Tuesday November 26, Thomas Ebbesen was awarded the CNRS Gold Medal, one of France's highest scientific distinctions. The author of several groundbreaking discoveries, the French-Norwegian...
11.20.2019

About 90% of the digital information that exists today was created in the past two years. Finding new materials able to capture this expanding digital world—and that are less energy-hungry—has...