Making sense of science
When looking at data protection protocols, even the most robust encryption can be breached if the other elements of the protocol are weak. Just one of many issues that will be addressed during a CNRS cybersecurity conference held December 8-9 in Paris.
Opinion
12.08.2016
To represent reality more accurately, is it better to simplify models and simulations or make them more complex? Specialist Frédéric Alexandre explains the latest developments and limits of current research in modeling and simulation.
Article
12.07.2016
Spintronics, which uses both the electrical and magnetic properties of electrons, has greatly increased the storage capacity of hard drives since the 1990s. Today it opens up new avenues for the future of information technology.
Article
12.01.2016
Article
12.05.2016
What if chimpanzees, or even insects, could help us find new cures for malaria or cancer? Welcome to the fascinating world of zoopharmacognosy.
Opinion
11.29.2016
We all know that our bodies deteriorate as we get older. By trying to understand why, scientists are hoping that they may eventually be able to slow down, or even stop, this process.
Article
11.25.2016
A call for proposals launched by the CNRS in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks in Paris led to the submission of a number of projects that focus on radicalization. In September, the CNRS organized the first-ever international thematic workshop on...
Article
11.22.2016
Human beings on display in zoos: this was the public entertainment provided by certain late 19th century societies, at a time when racial stereotyping was not called into question.
Article
11.18.2016
A group of scientists recently travelled to the hydrothermal site of Dallol in northern Ethiopia. In this extreme environment and against all odds, they discovered traces of life.
Opinion
11.17.2016
Astatine is one of the rarest chemical elements on Earth, and one of the most unstable. Nevertheless, it is of considerable interest to medical research as it could help destroy cancerous tumors that...
Slideshow
11.15.2016
While renovating a sand filter, a water purification device located in Orléans, researchers were able to access sediments that had accumulated since 1942 from particles transported in the wastewater...
Article
11.14.2016
A new heavy-ion accelerator was inaugurated at the GANIL facility in Caen (northwestern France). The first phase in the SPIRAL2 project, this new instrument will enable scientists to delve further...
Article
11.10.2016
A year on from the Paris Agreement, the COP22 was held in Marrakech November 7-18. Indigenous knowledge, scientific data and grassroots initiatives all play a role in researchers' assessments...
Article
11.08.2016
An overview of the applications of an environmentally friendly chemistry, one that is inspired by natural processes and able to create new materials: soft chemistry.
Article
11.04.2016
As America heads to the polls to elect its 45th President, we ask historian and United States specialist Romain Huret to review this past election year and the many challenges that the country faces...
Article
11.03.2016
Keenly awaited by the astronomy community, the ALMA interferometer observatory is expected to attain full capacity in 2018. Meanwhile, this exceptional instrument is already doing great science.
Opinion
10.27.2016
Time can now be measured with dizzying levels of precision, thanks in particular to contributions from the fields of optics and photonics. The quest for ultimate precision, however, is a long-term...
Opinion
10.24.2016
As Europe attempts to draw up the list of molecules that disrupt the action of thyroid hormones essential to brain development, a useful first measure would be to ensure pregnant and nursing women...
Article
10.19.2016
From nuclear power plants to prosthetic limbs, materials often need to withstand extreme environmental conditions—and not just in terms of temperatures, pressure, or stress. A new laboratory sets out...
Article
10.17.2016
DNA G-quadruplexes, recently demonstrated in human cells, are of great interest to biologists, chemists and physicians alike. But what exactly are they and why are researchers so keen to unravel...