Making sense of science
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 continues to rise, paleoseismologist Lucilla Benedetti, a specialist of the region, explains this event.
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08.26.2016
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 partner up with bacteria able to metabolize nitrogen directly from...
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08.24.2016
"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 Palatine Hill (Rome), a Franco-Italian team of archaeologists...
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08.19.2016
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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, as these intriguing shapes and mesmerizing colors will attest.
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08.12.2016
Twenty years ago, in October 1995, a team of astrophysicists led by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southeastern France became the first to formally discover an exoplanet, a hot Jupiter dubbed 51 Pegasi b. Since then, more...
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08.08.2016
It seems industrial actors swear solely by concrete or the latest composite materials. Yet a billion years ago, nature invented a revolutionary material with striking properties: wood. It can not only be used to construct buildings, but also high-precision...
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08.04.2016
As the Rio Olympics are about to begin, historian Jean-Paul Thuillier discusses the origins of the modern Olympic Games in ancient Greece and Rome.
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08.01.2016
The issue of gender verification is not new to competitive sports. Yet how can we define biological sex? And how many sexes are there? As the 2016 Rio Olympic Games get underway, CNRS News explores...
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07.29.2016
Why are women underrepresented in most areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? A common explanation is that there exists a hiring bias against women in those fields. A new...
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07.25.2016
What if the gestures we make when we speak do more than merely underline what we say? What if they also helped our oral expression? Convinced of the intimate connection between gestures and speech,...
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07.25.2016
One of best ways for cyclists to optimize their speed is to work on their riding position. The French Cycling Federation recently teamed up with researchers to help athletes improve these cycling...
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07.20.2016
By analyzing microscopic defects in the mineral that makes up 60% of the Earth’s mantle, researchers have uncovered what makes this solid rock flow.
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07.20.2016
Researchers use computers to create the world's longest proof, and solve a mathematical problem that had remained open for 35 years.
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07.18.2016
French mathematicians Hugo Duminil-Copin and Vincent Calvez were awarded prizes by the European Mathematical Society (EMS), whose congress is being held this week in Berlin. Christoph Sorger,...
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07.13.2016
Since its construction, more than 120 million visitors from all over the world have marveled at the Eiffel Tower. Historian Bertrand Lemoine looks back at the career and achievements of its prolific...
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07.08.2016

Every day, marine viruses kill 40% of our oceans’ bacteria. And yet these biological entities are still poorly known. For example, we still know little about their role in the regulation of...

07.08.2016
Whether in stone or paper, some of the world's oldest documents are at risk of disappearing forever. Racing against the clock, experts are developing cutting-edge technologies to bring some of...
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07.04.2016
The aura of mystery surrounding Mars has long been intensified by its curious pair of moons: Phobos and Deimos, whose origins have remained clouded until now.
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07.01.2016
Dory, Nemo’s neighbor, is back on our screens in a sequel that focuses on her short-term memory loss. Pascale Piolino, a memory specialist, gives a more precise diagnosis and hypothesizes on the...