Making sense of science
The art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, who twirls dough in the air, has just been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. A well-deserved recognition for a food item that has conquered the world without becoming standardized. The CNRS anthropologist Sylvie Sanchez looks at the...
Article
12.07.2017
Each year, the Stars of Europe competition rewards twelve French teams involved in European scientific collaborations. Among the 2017 laureates are three projects coordinated by CNRS researchers on climate science, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and green...
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12.04.2017
The first results of the Microscope experiment have just been unveiled. Its objective is to test the equivalence principle, which states that in a vacuum, all bodies fall with the same speed. Explanations with Gilles Métris, co-principal investigator of the...
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12.04.2017
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11.26.2017
The origin of a volcanic eruption in the Middle Ages, one of the biggest in the last ten thousand years, had long remained a mystery. It was only in 2013 that a group of scientists would solve the puzzle, in an investigation unlike any other.
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11.24.2017
French geologists and paleontologists have uncovered and analyzed the world’s longest sauropod trackway: a trail of prints left by a gigantic dinosaur measuring at least 35 meters long and weighing over 35 tons.
11.23.2017
A week ago, while the COP23 was in full swing in Bonn, 15 364 scientists from 184 countries signed a dire warning about the state of our planet in the journal BioScience. The French Ecologist Franck Courchamp, senior researcher at the CNRS, talks about this...
Opinion
11.15.2017
Marie Curie was born on 7 November 1867, almost 150 years to the day. While a host of events are planned this year to celebrate her brilliant achievements, including a large exhibition at the Panthéon in Paris, CNRS historian Denis Guthleben looks back at her...
Article
11.14.2017
A major cultural and religious hub of medieval Europe, the Abbey of Cluny has yet to reveal all of its secrets. Archaeologists at the site have recently discovered a hoard of gold and silver dating...
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11.14.2017
On the 150th anniversary of the death of Baudelaire, André Guyaux, literary historian at the Sorbonne, explains why the poet’s work is more topical than ever.
11.10.2017
When natural or human-induced disasters strike, emergency services have to race against the clock to bring timely support to populations in trouble. First off the blocks are crisis-mappers—like those...
11.09.2017
The Palace of Versailles has always been enlarged and converted to meet the needs of each successive sovereign. The Verspera project aims to create a 3D model of the Palace as it was throughout the...
11.07.2017
When a car accident is unavoidable, is it better to sacrifice the lives of passengers or pedestrians? It is on this type of moral dilemmas that the "Moral Machine" simulator developed by...
Slideshow
11.06.2017
The Coriolis rotating platform is the world’s only research structure of its kind devoted to fluid mechanics. First set up in the 1960s at the Laboratoire des écoulements géophysiques et industriels...
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10.24.2017
Bricks, the first film by sociologist Quentin Ravelli, was released in October. This documentary about the Spanish financial crisis offers vivid insights into the plight of victims of toxic loans...
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10.20.2017
An environmental disaster in Brittany, blooms of green algae provide evidence of a rapidly-growing occurrence caused by pollution: eutrophication. A scientific report published on 19 September 2017...
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10.16.2017
A series of observations on an unprecedented scale combining detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals at all wavelengths sheds light on unsolved mysteries of astrophysics.
10.13.2017

50 years ago, on October 13, 1967, the second—the unit of time—was no longer defined by stars, but by atoms. In this quest for precision, scientists are now inventing the clocks of the future,...

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10.10.2017
On October 3, the Israeli government awarded the 2017 Samson Prize, Israel’s highest distinction for innovation, to Jean-Marie Tarascon, Professor at the Collège de France, director of the CNRS...
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10.10.2017
In some Central African countries, witchcraft accusations can quickly lead to deadly violence. But what does "witchcraft" actually mean? The anthropologist Andrea Ceriana Mayneri...