Making sense of science
Researchers have developed a computer model that can identify whether an athlete may have engaged in doping based on their performance history.
Article
12.13.2018
As the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) continues in Poland, one particular issue is triggering much interest from scientists: the 4p1000 initiative. Behind this code name lies an intriguing initiative to take out CO2 from the atmosphere...
Article
12.12.2018
Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, demographic explosion—West Africa is currently undergoing major changes that are due, among other factors, to globalization and climate change. The objective of Agir, now a Centre of Excellence for Africa, is to study these...
Article
12.13.2018
Opinion
12.07.2018
Adopted on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 this year. How has the anti-human rights discourse become so prevalent today? Dominique Rousseau, director of the Paris Sorbonne university's Institute of Legal and...
12.06.2018
From atom adders to nanometric thermometers and antibiotic cages, a number of cutting-edge international projects were recognized during the Étoiles de l’Europe award ceremony. Each year this prize honors collaborative European research projects initiated in...
Article
12.06.2018
Warning bells sound as a global study trawls through 40 years of data and highlights the losing battle that seabirds are fighting against industrial fisheries.
11.29.2018
French scientists and doctors have used the peculiar phenomenon of the “phantom limb”—a sensation that an amputated limb is still attached—to build a bionic arm controlled by the muscle contractions that amputees activate when they move their missing...
Article
11.27.2018
With the arrival of 5G in less than two years, researchers are testing and trying to strengthen the security of this new generation of mobile phone standards.
Opinion
11.26.2018
Bees exhibit striking cognitive capacities in order to collect floral resources. However, pesticides, heavy metals, and other environmental stressors impair communication between neurons, thereby...
Opinion
11.20.2018
Contrary to belief, it only takes a few seconds for a memory to form. Once recorded, it can be modified or made inaccessible, but it does not vanish. Pascale Gisquet-Verrier and David Riccio talk...
Article
11.19.2018
She’s the boss—but why? A large-scale study of one-on-one conflicts between members of Tanzanian spotted-hyena communities, commonly dominated by female individuals, now presents empirical evidence...
Opinion
11.15.2018
Ever since the concept of prehistory was invented, scientists have made a clear distinction between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, between modern and non-modern humans. Yet according to the...
Article
11.14.2018
After having received the Gruber Prize in Cosmology last May, the astrophysicist Jean-Loup Puget, emeritus senior researcher at the CNRS, was awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy on September 26 in...
Article
11.13.2018
The town of Angeac, near Angoulême in southwestern France, is hardly a household name. Yet it has a claim to fame, as this is where the bones of one of the world's largest dinosaurs were...
Opinion
11.09.2018
Nearly 2 million Asians came to the battlefields of Europe and the Middle East during the First World War. From soldiers to factory workers and labourers—some tasked with cleaning the trenches from...
Article
11.07.2018
By analysing the manuscripts of literary works, specialists in 'genetic criticism' can better understand an author's creative process. A closer look at this discipline born from the...
Article
10.25.2018
After two and a half years sailing across the Pacific to draw up the first-ever global inventory of coral reefs, the schooner Tara has now returned to Lorient (Brittany), her home port in...
10.22.2018
By explicitly connecting all base units to fundamental constants, the future reform of the International System of Units (SI) will complete the objectives of universality and stability sought by the...
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10.18.2018
Vincent Lafforgue, a senior researcher at the Institut Fourier, has won the Breakthrough Prize 2019 in Mathematics. This distinction rewards his career as a mathematician and especially his research...