Making sense of science
From Egyptian harps to Roman cornua (trumpets), from Mesopotamian songs to Greek hymns, not to mention a wealth of vases, frescoes, statues, and tablets, testifying to the importance of music in ancient societies: an exhibition called “Music! Echoes of Antiquity” which originated in France but is...
Article
01.17.2018
Robots deployed in the North Atlantic Ocean have probed the rarely observed winter growth patterns of phytoplankton and established the starting point of the bloom times of these microalgae, vital for fighting the greenhouse effect.
Article
01.15.2018
With their small size of several tens of centimeters and relatively low cost, nanosatellites—known as “CubeSats”—open up new scientific vistas. PicSat, launched on January 12, will be the first nanosatellite dedicated to the observation on an exoplanet.
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01.12.2018
01.18.2018
An international research team has upgraded an imaging method able to unveil, in high-resolution 3D, the structure of layers below the surface of paintings and other objects, opening up new prospects for art-history investigations—and much more.
Article
01.11.2018
By targeting cancer cells with a laser, photodynamic therapy—which is used in both dermatology and oncology—can provide new opportunities to treat certain tumors such as those that affect the prostate or brain. Introduced in France in the 1980s, this rapidly...
Article
01.08.2018
Among the thousands of exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, the world's largest consumer tech trade show, we put the spotlight on four young French start-ups that have come to showcase their innovations.
01.05.2018
Common ownership of a resource causes its demise. This was what a biologist had concluded in a 1968 paper published in Science. His article, "The Tragedy of the Commons" has shaped the economic and political thought of the last decades. The...
Article
01.04.2018
China’s “One Belt One Road” initiative aims to connect the country with the Middle East, Africa and Europe, by land and sea, through a network of new “silk roads.” Economist Jean-François Huchet...
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01.02.2018

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Article
12.20.2017
Three hundred years after tsar Peter the Great’s journey throughout Europe, we look back at the time he spent in France in 1717, which although not a diplomatic success, was filled with scientific...
Article
12.18.2017
Videos are now broadcast in very high definition, on devices ranging from large TV screens to smartphones. To keep up the pace, scientists are developing ultra-sophisticated image compression tools—...
Opinion
12.14.2017
Will we one day be able to alleviate the effects of ageing and offset the deterioration of our body functions? The use of stem cells has made the regeneration of human tissues and organs—which was...
Article
12.14.2017
On December 14, 2017, Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour received the CNRS Gold Medal, France's highest scientific distinction, during a ceremony at the Collège de France in Paris. Together, the...
Article
12.12.2017
An international research group has shown that today’s human activities are radically reshaping the way microbes circulate, with potential repercussions on the world’s ecosystems and inhabitants.
Article
12.07.2017
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...
Article
12.04.2017
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...
Article
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....
Article
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...
Article
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 and weighing more...