Making sense of science
Pollution, water temperature, oxygen levels... Scallops and other bivalves represent invaluable archives of the environment and climate. Researchers from Brittany, who were behind this discovery, have been roaming the seas to study them. An invitation this summer in Brest to discover the research...
Article
08.08.2019
Is art truly eternal? Paintings by History's greatest masters are affected by the passage of time. But scientists and curators have joined forces to figure out exactly what is causing the ageing of artwork and find a solution to save this heritage for...
Video
08.05.2019
Social networks, everyday conversations, political discourse, the media, the arts… No form of communication is immune to stereotypes. Although sometimes evoked for the purpose of humour, they are often intended to be stigmatising. Paradoxically, they can also...
Article
08.12.2019
Article
08.12.2019
Big brothers—rather than big sisters—tend to get in the way of kids picking up verbal skills, reveals a new study on the effect of siblings on language development in young French children.
Article
08.07.2019
Innovative techniques for decontaminating water herald the water treatment plants of the future. Here are a few of the processes that were presented this past July at the Engineering Goes Green conference in Paris.
Opinion
08.06.2019
The new Jean-Zay supercomputer at the CNRS Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing (IDRIS) is one of the instruments financed for the benefit of French researchers. How does one go about purchasing such a device? And what...
Article
08.03.2019
From sport as spectacle to sport as a source of wellness, aggressiveness to a sense of teamwork, unbridled marketing to the democratization of facilities, and male chauvinism to a coeducational spirit, what values and weaknesses of today’s societies does...
Slideshow
08.02.2019
Wood is a living material. And this shows in paintings on wood, slowly cracking, bending and warping—the price to pay for being on public display under conditions that are often far from ideal. In...
07.23.2019

Sperm whales spend most of their lives hunting in the depths of the sea. To study them, a team of researchers used a floating autonomous ship equipped with microphones and a sound card so...

Opinion
07.23.2019
They have been on Earth for 174 million years. Geneticist François Parcy explains how flowers teach us about the past, but also provide keys for our future and the climactic upheaval to come.
Article
07.03.2019
On July 3, the CNRS Gold Medal was awarded to Thomas Ebbesen. We look back at the exceptional career of this specialist of light.
Article
06.30.2019
From the compressed air bugle to the geophone, discover the photos from the innovation archives established by Jean Perrin, the physicist who founded the CNRS. These images and many others will be...
Video
06.28.2019

There are thousands of cave art sites nested in Zimbabwe's Matobo Hills. A team of archaeologists and cave art specialists have teamed up to try to understand these mysterious paintings.

Video
06.28.2019

Discovered in the 1990s, Little Foot is the most complete skeleton of an Australopithecus ever unearthed. Research continues on this exceptional fossil as scientists reveal details about her...

Article
06.28.2019
In 1927, the physicist Jean Perrin founded the Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology (IBPC), a multidisciplinary centre where scientists could dedicate themselves to their research full time. The...
Opinion
06.27.2019
Frédéric Épaud, a specialist on medieval frameworks, discusses the falsehoods that circulated after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame on April 15.
Article
06.27.2019
Providing an overview of our knowledge of the brain and its illnesses, and describing some of the major challenges for neurosciences over the next twenty years, are the twin ambitions of the...
06.21.2019
Long a simple physicist's idea, the quantum computer, which promises to revolutionise computing, is increasingly becoming a tangible reality. The first machines able to surpass traditional...
06.17.2019
Since the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral on 15 April, many scientists have volunteered their expertise to aid in its restoration. We talked to Philippe Dillmann and Martine Regert, leaders of...