Making sense of science
Observing the world at the nanometer scale has always been a challenge. Chemists, biologists, physicists and computer scientists worked together to develop a technique so that we can today observe the fine structures of cells, viruses, proteins and other nano-particles at the atomic scale: it’s...
Video
06.19.2018
A new macroeconomic study covering the last 30 years in Europe reveals that migration flows have had a positive effect on the economy. Furthermore, the flow of asylum seekers, which has never previously been studied on such a scale, does not appear to have...
Article
06.20.2018
An international study of a common albatross species has honed in on the chain reaction whereby ocean warming modifies the bird’s traits and demographics, ultimately leading to the decline of its population on the Kerguelen Islands.
Article
06.18.2018
Article
06.14.2018
On Fakarava, an atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, hundreds of grey reef sharks gather for nocturnal feeding frenzies—which are much more organized than expected. The biologist Johann Mourier and underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta plunged into the midst...
Article
06.14.2018
Awareness of workplace harassment is rising around the globe. On June 5-8, researchers from a variety of disciplines gathered in Bordeaux for an international conference on this complex phenomenon, which affects a broad range of professional sectors. Legal...
Opinion
06.13.2018
Football clubs, multinationals... is there really a difference? We use the same vocabulary when speaking about the both of them. But although football—known as soccer in the US—seems to fit the bill of a truly globalized economy, it is far from being a...
Article
06.12.2018
Transphobia does not stop at the school gates. Indeed, it can have severely damaging effects on the psychological well-being, involvement in activities and social relations of young transgender people. The sociologist Arnaud Alessandrin reveals the initial...
Article
06.11.2018
An innovative strategy for decoding motor intention from brain signals—of particular value to the motor-impaired—now promises faster, more accurate detection of the movements intended by users.
Article
06.08.2018
Little is known about how bees select flowers and move among them. With high school students, the researcher Mathieu Lihoreau has developed an original device to elucidate the behaviour of these...
Video
06.06.2018

The advent of digital photography has rendered film obsolete. Photo studios either sell their negatives to salvage the tiny amounts of silver contained in their coating or they just burn...

Article
06.04.2018
The most popular sport in the world, football—known as soccer to Americans—is not just about fans: it is an intriguing topic of research for social scientists. Among them is the ethnologist Christian...
Article
06.01.2018
For nearly a century, the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) has been drawing up an inventory of the archaeological heritage of one of the world’s most unstable countries. Some...
Article
05.30.2018
Pollen is widespread this time of the year and its associated allergies are rife. CNRS News takes this opportunity to review these fast-growing diseases, their treatment and—above all—a new...
05.28.2018

Who built this fortress? When and for what goal? Protected by walls six meters high, with no visible entrance, the ruins of Loropeni in South-Western Burkina Faso raise more questions than answers...

Article
05.23.2018
Computers, data centers, networks and the like now gobble up nearly 10% of the world’s electrical consumption—and the figure continues to rise. While there is no question of giving up the progress...
Article
05.21.2018
The quirky behavior of an asteroid that goes against the flow of most other celestial bodies in our Solar System prompted a French-Brazilian scientific duo to delve into its origins. And discover an...
Article
05.18.2018
To open up the region of Al-Ula to international tourism and showcase the magnificent ruins of the city of Hegra, Saudi Arabia has called upon French expertise. CNRS News takes a look at this jewel...
Video
05.17.2018

For over 200 years, a piece of musical history has remained hidden within registers of luthiers, string instrument specialists. These aged yellow...

Article
05.15.2018
In the Sechura Desert on the Pacific coast of Peru, the Huaca Amarilla archaeological site has yielded a unique—and surprising—glimpse of funerary practices in the pre-Hispanic period, from the 10th...