Making sense of science
On 24 September, 2023, material collected three years earlier from the surface of asteroid Bennu was successfully returned to Earth by the OSIRIS-REx mission. Some thirty laboratories around the world, including several CNRS research teams, are now busy analysing the precious samples.
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02.12.2024
The Arctic is warming up four times faster than the rest of the world. The depressions that cross this region could partly explain this phenomenon. French scientists are taking a close look at these local meteorological events.
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02.08.2024
A series of remarkable linear urban settlements have been uncovered in Ecuador's Upano Valley. The size, organisation, age, longevity and location of these sites has caused considerable surprise among archaeologists in South America. Stéphen Rostain, a...
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02.06.2024
01.30.2024

Nepalese shepherds breed yaks for their milk, meat and wool. In this report published in collaboration with LeMonde, anthropologists and ethologists study their strategies to protect their herds against snow leopards.

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01.24.2024
Attosecond physics, thrust into the limelight by the 2023 Nobel Prize, attempts to explore another dimension of the infinitesimally small: time. This could open up the possibility of observing and controlling the dynamics of electrons and chemical reactions...
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01.18.2024
For the fifth edition of the LPPI “Proof in images” photo competition, first launched in 2019 by the CNRS and its Canadian partner, Acfas, researchers were invited to submit their best science-related shots. Discover the 20 finalists selected by a...
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01.16.2024
Cheeses host a multitude of microorganisms that turn milk into curds. Selected by humans, these ferments are not exempt from food industry regulations – to the point that blue cheeses and Camembert could disappear.
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01.12.2024
As a result of climate change, a third of the world's population is likely to be affected by dwindling water reserves. This will inevitably lead to growing tensions, both internationally and...
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12.21.2023
The sociologist Bernard Lahire feels that it is time for his discipline to identify the fundamental structures of human societies as universal mechanisms, as indisputable as the laws of physics and...
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12.15.2023
From dependence to addiction to the dogma of abstinence, the CNRS neuro-addictologist Serge Ahmed talks about the way our societies view the loss of control over consumption.
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12.11.2023
The capture and storage of water are an integral part of the development of human societies. The geoarchaeologist Louise Purdue studies the history of hydraulic systems, from simple wells to complex...
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12.08.2023
As the COP28 gets under way in Dubai, the climatologist Robert Vautard talks to CNRS News about the issues at stake and his new mandate as co-chair of IPCC Working Group I, which assesses the...
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12.05.2023
A molecule that can thwart one of the principal mechanisms of tumour resistance to cancer treatments and thus improve patient survival…. This is what researchers in Lyon (France) may have succeeded...
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11.29.2023
As the development of artificial intelligence (AI) demands ever more energy, how can its impact on climate change be limited?
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11.29.2023
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the development of multiple sclerosis and diagnose it before the first symptoms appear, scientists are designing statistical and artificial intelligence...
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11.24.2023
How can one study a criminal organisation that, as one of its most basic principles, denies its own existence? To this end, the political anthropologist Deborah Puccio-Den has developed a new...
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11.21.2023
Superconductivity is the property of certain materials that can conduct electric currents with no resistance. This quantum phenomenon is still shrouded in mystery, and until now has been limited to...
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11.20.2023
The third most common reason for consulting a doctor, vertigo and its causes are increasingly well understood. Numerous options are being explored to relieve patients.
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11.16.2023
After decades of repressive legislation, the way in which societies regulate the use of psychoactive substances is evolving but remains decidedly ambiguous.