Making sense of science
Sofia is a Boeing 747 like no other. Run by NASA and the DLR, the German space agency, this aircraft was specially modified to accommodate a telescope. Come on board with astrophysicist Olivier Berné and jet to the stratosphere to observe the nebula of Orion, where stars are born.
Video
03.29.2017
A few weeks before the Seine burst its banks in June 2016, a large-scale crisis management exercise dubbed "EU Sequana" was held in the Paris region with the aim of preparing for the next "flood of the century." Taking part was a team of...
Article
03.27.2017
The European Research Council (ERC) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Acclaimed by the scientific community, the prestigious European research program can take pride in a nearly flawless track record.
Article
03.22.2017
Opinion
03.21.2017
The mathematician Yves Meyer has just been awarded the Abel prize, one of the discipline's highest distinctions, for his research on the theory of wavelets. We asked Albert Cohen, mathematician at the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis-Lions, to shed light on his...
Opinion
03.20.2017
From Amazonia to Siberia, some human populations the world over communicate by whistling. More complex than it sounds, whistled speech intrigues linguists and neuroscientists alike. Linguist and bio-acoustician Julien Meyer tells us about this astonishing...
Article
03.16.2017
Already involved in numerous pathologies, the elastic properties of tissues and organs now represent a promising new lead in biological and medical research. Preliminary results point to new types of treatment.
Article
03.13.2017
Two key figures in French mathematics, Cédric Villani, Fields medalist in 2010, and Artur Ávila, the French-Brazilian winner of the prestigious prize in 2014, engage in an informal conversation with Christoph Sorger, director of the CNRS National Institute...
Article
03.09.2017
In France, cystic fibrosis affects some 150 newborns each year. While there have already been significant advances in how symptoms are treated, research is now targeting the cause of this fatal...
Article
03.06.2017
The benefits of hands-on learning are widely recognized. A new international study now delves further and detects how the sense of touch stimulates motor learning when pairs of individuals interact.
Article
03.01.2017
The “European Fuel Cell Car Workshop 2017” is being held in Orléans (France) March 1-3, bringing together researchers and industry. We take a closer look at this new technology and its advantages.
Article
03.01.2017
Chemists have synthetized—and for the first time experimentally analyzed—a molecule based on an extremely unstable form of thulium, one of the lanthanide metals whose startling properties lend them...
Article
02.27.2017
While science has historically been associated with war, scientists have long advocated for peace. Thus in July 1957 the first “Conference on Science and World Affairs” brought together a number of...
Article
02.23.2017
Flying robots that can handle objects and interact with their environment could soon be used by a number of industries. Research, conducted partly in France as part of a European consortium, has...
Article
02.22.2017
Seven Earth-sized planets have been detected orbiting Trappist-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star in our galactic neighborhood. Some of them appear to be potentially habitable. The latest results of this...
Article
02.21.2017
In the spring of 2016, a team of French researchers headed for Namibia to look for human fossil sites. Read on for a day-to-day account of their first exploratory mission.
Video
02.15.2017

How is collective memory shaped after tragic events like the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris? A team of researchers are tapping into the memories of 1000 participants over a period of 10...

Article
02.14.2017
With more than 200,000 new cases each year in France, Alzheimer's is the most common neurodegenerative disease. CNRS News reviews recent advances in terms of treatment and diagnosis.
Article
02.13.2017
Why don’t humans copulate in public? Why have they had to organize their sexuality according to strict rules? And how did pleasure of the flesh become a sin?
Article
02.10.2017
After AlphaGo’s victory over the world’s best Go players, the giants of Silicon Valley are pitting artificial intelligence against real-time strategy (RTS) video games like StarCraft.