Making sense of science
On 29 and 30 September, 1941, 33,771 Jews were executed in Babi Yar, near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Shown in French cinemas recently to coincide with the anniversary of the tragedy, the documentary Babi Yar. Context offers a precise, levelheaded account of the massacre, committed by Nazi Germany...
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11.24.2022
For the first time, a physical model consistent with observations successfully describes how the tidal force caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon is slowing down the rotation of our planet and increasing the distance that separates it from the Moon.
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11.21.2022
Nestled at the heart of the French national museum of natural history (MNHN) in Paris, the Communication Molecules and Micro-Organism Adaptation (MCAM) laboratory, a joint CNRS-MNHN unit, is home to some precious samples. Over a century old, they have just...
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11.21.2022
11.24.2022
Launched in 2016, the MICROSCOPE satellite has confirmed with unprecedented precision the equivalence principle, which lies at the heart of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Two physicists explain the significance of this result.
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11.17.2022
From robot rebellions to climate apocalypses, science fiction envisions the consequences of our actions and societal choices in a more or less near – and often discomforting – future. In so doing it contributes to the debates on contemporary issues.
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11.16.2022
During the past few years, nanoparticles have been increasingly present in our everyday lives. To gain a better understanding of their health impacts, several studies have focused on the effects they have on our bodies and cells.
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11.11.2022
In 2027 a memorial-museum dedicated to terrorism will open in the western Paris suburb of Suresnes. The historian Henry Rousso, chair of the preliminary project, gives us an overview of the future Museum and Memorial of Terrorism.
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11.10.2022
The 2022 edition of the LPPI “Proof in Images” competition is here. Discover these winning photos from research, organised by the CNRS with Acfas, its Canadian partner. You can vote for your...
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10.30.2022
The astrophysicist Jean-Luc Atteia explains why the exceptional gamma-ray burst detected in early October could dramatically change what we know about supernovae and black holes.
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10.25.2022

Elephants, crocodiles, hippopotami… In Botswana, the Okavango delta is a real paradise for the local fauna during the flood, which lasts several months a year. In this documentary, published...

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10.25.2022
When adapting the IPCC's method for estimating global warming to the situation in France, scientists have found that the temperatures that can be expected in the country by the end of the...
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10.24.2022
For more than a century, France has had a tradition of offering asylum to researchers who are forced to flee their home countries, as is the case in Ukraine today. Pascale Laborier of the PAUSE...
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10.24.2022
The combination of all the options offered by a software program can reach mind-boggling numbers, with several thousand digits. Research has developed tools to manage this variability as best as...
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10.20.2022
Less known than cryptography, steganography is another means of secretly sending a message by hiding it within other content. CNRS News investigates.
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10.20.2022
Robots measuring a few dozen micrometres are now capable of grasping, pushing, and even “feeling” cells! These astounding micromachines, designed at the French Institute for Intelligent Systems and...
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10.10.2022
A set of economic and commercial goals, dubbed the “New Silk Road”, is one of China’s flagship development projects. CNRS News takes an analytical look at a network that is more complex and less...
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10.10.2022
For the past ten years or so, biologists have been cultivating miniature versions of our organs in vitro. By imitating their structure and functions, these so-called organoids open the way to...
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10.04.2022
The CNRS physicist Alain Aspect has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022, along with his colleagues John Francis Clauser, from the US, and Anton Zeilinger, from Austria, "for experiments...
10.02.2022

Polar auroras are fascinating events that are regularly visible on Earth. Yet do they occur on other planets, such as Mars for example? And if so, how can they be observed? In this report,...