Making sense of science
Giant experiments all over the world are trying to break the secret of neutrinos, the elusive and unusual elementary particles discovered in 1956. Their success could change our understanding of matter and the Universe.
Article
02.14.2019
Demographer François Héran, holder of the Migrations and Societies Chair at the Collège de France, challenges our preconceived ideas on migration and tells CNRS News why, together with more than 800 other researchers, he is calling for the creation of an...
Article
02.13.2019
The appearance of mobility in multicellular beings could be much older than we thought. This at least, is what the small fossilized tunnels found in 2.1 billion-year-old rocks in Gabon suggest.
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02.11.2019
02.15.2019

Most professional pianists believe that their specific way of playing - posture, fine hand movements - defines a specific piano sound. A team of researchers and professional piano players are testing this hypothesis using special microphones and an array...

02.11.2019
Nothing seems easier than putting one foot in front of the other. Yet scientists working in the neurosciences and biomechanics are making ever more surprising discoveries, such as the fact that it is (almost) possible to walk without using our brains.
Opinion
02.05.2019
It is now (almost) possible to be embodied in realistic fashion within a virtual body. Although this reality could pave the way for new therapies, it also raises certain questions. The computer scientists Bruno Arnaldi, Pascal Guitton and Guillaume Moreau...
01.28.2019

For amputees, controlling a robotic prosthesis is far from a perfect solution. It can take months of training before they can perform basic day to day operations. In France, a team of researchers, engineers and medical doctors are developing a more natural...

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01.24.2019
Whether wild or domesticated, beehives have been used by humans for thousands of years. Representations and archaeological traces since prehistory and technical treatises for historical periods have...
01.23.2019
Artificial intelligence has turned into a surprising, but effective ally in the fight against cyberbullying, a phenomenon that primarily involves teenagers.
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01.22.2019
As the 46th Angoulême International Comics Festival opens this week, a quick focus on science. ERCcOMICS, a European communications project initiated to promote science to the general public, will be...
Article
01.17.2019
Social factors permeate our lives, even affecting the inner world of our dreams. Long a favoured field of examination in psychoanalysis, and more recently the neurosciences, the workings of the...
Article
01.16.2019
On September 28th, the city of Palu in Indonesia was struck by a violent tsunami that claimed thousands of victims. An international team of scientists was dispatched on-site to better understand the...
Article
01.14.2019
The recent discovery of Neanderthal paintings raises questions about the emergence of the status of artist in the history of humanity.
Slideshow
01.14.2019
The goal of the Ice Memory programme, launched in 2015 by the glaciologists Jérôme Chappellaz and Patrick Ginot, is to create a global ice archive sanctuary in Antarctica. And they must act quickly,...
01.09.2019
In a recently-published essay entitled "The Third Brain,” the researcher Pierre-Marc de Biasi alerts us to our increasing dependency on the smartphone, an "intrusive, manipulative and...
Article
01.07.2019
From French song writing to the mishaps of political parties, globalisation and secularism, the philosopher-sociologist Edgar Morin has turned his inquisitive mind to a wide range of topics. Yet even...
Slideshow
01.04.2019
Nearly a thousand ornamented steles dot the Mongolian steppes. These “deer stones” were erected between 1200 and 800 BC, and are part of large funerary complexes built by nomads from the Karasuk...
Article
01.03.2019
The creators of the animated film "Finding Nemo" didn't tell us everything about the clownfish. From the role of its white stripes to its struggle for reproduction and hermaphroditism...
Article
12.28.2018
HIV, obesity or Parkinson’s disease are all conditions that could be treated using complex carbohydrates. Inspired by these sugars—present on the surface of all cells—several research teams have...