Making sense of science
Astrophysicist and comet specialist Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd has been involved in the Rosetta project since its early stages. She shares her insight on this extraordinary space mission which is set to end this Friday September 30th.
Article
09.27.2016
Today, researchers are still primarily evaluated on their contributions to articles published in scientific journals. But what is the real value of such contributions when there are several dozen or hundred authors on a single article, an increasingly common...
Opinion
09.26.2016
A new project aims to develop hybrid propulsion technologies for future generations of planes, thus lowering their environmental impact.
Article
09.23.2016
Opinion
09.29.2016
The recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence have been impressive, as illustrated by the AlphaGo program's victory over world Go Champion Lee Se-dol. Yet there are still areas where algorithms do not surpass humans, such as translation....
Article
09.21.2016
The mathematician, a specialist in the field of algebraic geometry, is awarded the 2016 CNRS Gold Medal, France's highest scientific distinction.
Article
09.20.2016
Boats, helicopters, drilling platforms, sonar, wind turbines... Manmade noises are having a preoccupying impact on marine animals. Researchers are trying to learn more about noise pollution and its effects on wildlife. An international symposium on this...
09.19.2016
Between hope, disappointment and spectacular progress, research on photovoltaic solar energy is rapidly gathering pace. We examine the most promising trends in this field with photovoltaic energy experts Daniel Lincot and Pere Roca i Cabarrocas.
Slideshow
09.16.2016
Every fortnight, researchers at the Roscoff Marine Station set sail to chart the evolution of the coastal ecosystem. They take the pulse of a Channel subjected to the effects of climate change and...
Article
09.13.2016
The Gaia mission team unveiled its catalogue of celestial bodies in our galaxy. This colossal inventory charts the positions and luminosities of over 1 billion objects in the Milky Way and beyond.
Article
09.12.2016
As the massive amounts of data produced by research continue to increase exponentially, the issue of data storage has become crucial, both for preserving our scientific heritage and to enable their...
Opinion
09.09.2016
Cancer does not affect all our organs in the same way. To understand this phenomenon, a new approach consists in considering each part of the body as an ecosystem. Frederic Thomas, co-author of a...
Article
09.02.2016
In French forests, animal and plant species do not migrate fast enough to the north to adapt to global warming. In a recent study, researchers have managed to uncover the mechanisms responsible for...
Article
08.31.2016
Why is the Earth’s surface made up of only a small number of large tectonic plates along with several dozen smaller plates? A research team has just managed to solve this riddle using 3D models of a...
Article
08.30.2016
Designated European City of Science for a two-year term in 2014, Manchester hosted EuroScience's Open Forum (ESOF) this summer, before handing over the reins to Toulouse, in southwest France,...
Article
08.29.2016
On August 15, an international team of glaciologists started working on the extraction of the first “legacy ice cores” on Mont-Blanc. The aim is to create a world glacier archive bank in Antarctica....
Article
08.26.2016
On August 24 at 03:36 local time, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck in the central Apennine region of Italy, the scene of many previous earthquakes, particularly in 1997 and 2009. As the toll...
Video
08.24.2016

To grow, plants need nutrients that they draw from soil, especially nitrogen. Pulse crops (the UN declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP)) have developed a cunning strategy: they...

Video
08.19.2016

"The main dining table, which was round, rotated night and day, imitating the motions of the globe." The surprising construction mentioned by Suetonius in his biography of Nero has been found. On...

Slideshow
08.16.2016
A new book by physicist Jean-Claude Boulliard traces the ins and outs of different mineral families, each more surprising than the next. Bridging the worlds of science and art is a surprising feat,...