Making sense of science
The recent discovery of Neanderthal paintings raises questions about the emergence of the status of artist in the history of humanity.
Article
01.14.2019
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 dynamics of the devastating wave. Two French researchers,...
Article
01.16.2019
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, as glaciers everywhere are melting due to global warming,...
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01.14.2019
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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 sleeping brain are now a focus of sociological analysis. The...
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 addictive" device.
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 more noteworthy is his way of thinking, in which everything...
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 culture or Deer stone civilisation.
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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...
Article
12.21.2018
Biosphere 2, an immense scientific project born in the 1980s, is a miniature version of our planet recreated in the middle of the Arizona desert. Initially intended to prepare for stays on Mars or...
12.20.2018
Using extraordinarily detailed 3D images of the internal structure of kerogen—the organic matter in source rocks from which fossil fuels are extracted—a French-American team demonstrates that the...
Article
12.13.2018
Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, demographic explosion—West Africa is currently undergoing major changes that are due, among other factors, to globalization and climate change. The objective of Agir...
Article
12.13.2018
Researchers have developed a computer model that can identify whether an athlete may have engaged in doping based on their performance history.
Article
12.12.2018
As the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) continues in Poland, one particular issue is triggering much interest from scientists: the 4p1000 initiative. Behind this code name lies...
Opinion
12.07.2018
Adopted on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 this year. How has the anti-human rights discourse become so prevalent today? Dominique Rousseau, director of the...
Article
12.06.2018
From atom adders to nanometric thermometers and antibiotic cages, a number of cutting-edge international projects were recognized during the Étoiles de l’Europe award ceremony. Each year this prize...
Article
12.06.2018
Warning bells sound as a global study trawls through 40 years of data and highlights the losing battle that seabirds are fighting against industrial fisheries.
Article
11.29.2018
French scientists and doctors have used the peculiar phenomenon of the “phantom limb”—a sensation that an amputated limb is still attached—to build a bionic arm controlled by the muscle contractions...
Article
11.27.2018
With the arrival of 5G in less than two years, researchers are testing and trying to strengthen the security of this new generation of mobile phone standards.