Making sense of science
A series of observations on an unprecedented scale combining detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals at all wavelengths sheds light on unsolved mysteries of astrophysics.
Article
10.16.2017
50 years ago, on October 13, 1967, the second—the unit of time—was no longer defined by stars, but by atoms. In this quest for precision, scientists are now inventing the clocks of the future, that will let us express time with greater accuracy, and also...
Video
10.13.2017
On October 3, the Israeli government awarded the 2017 Samson Prize, Israel’s highest distinction for innovation, to Jean-Marie Tarascon, Professor at the Collège de France, director of the CNRS Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), and a...
Article
10.10.2017
Article
10.10.2017
In some Central African countries, witchcraft accusations can quickly lead to deadly violence. But what does "witchcraft" actually mean? The anthropologist Andrea Ceriana Mayneri provides an insight into the complex social, religious and...
10.04.2017
One of the most accessible and complete reports on the state of our oceans is now available as a free download. Tackling issues from carbon dioxide absorption to sea level rise, plastic pollution and overfishing, some 160 ocean specialists working in 50...
10.02.2017
As "Blade Runner 2049" hits cinemas across the world this month, Sandra Laugier revisits the philosophical implications of the original film by Ridley Scott, which came out in 1982. In the age of artificial intelligence and robotization, what are...
09.28.2017
"Fake news"—from deceitful information to fake images—surfaces every time an event receives extensive media coverage. Social networks are attempting to find ways of controlling this phenomenon, while researchers are developing algorithms to more...
Article
09.27.2017
Two CNRS Gold Medals are awarded this year to physicists Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour, whose research contributed to the first direct detection of gravitational waves. On the same day, the first...
Video
09.21.2017

In French Guiana, leatherback turtles—the largest sea turtles in the world—return to the same beach multiple times over the year to lay their eggs. But fewer are making it back, threatening the...

Opinion
09.20.2017
In cetaceans—unlike in other mammals—breathing is a voluntary action that involves returning regularly to the surface. Sperm whales take naps in vertical position, and when dolphins sleep, half of...
Opinion
09.15.2017
Although it was named a mere twenty years ago, the last common ancestor of all living organisms on Earth is more than three billion years old. And scientists have an ever-better idea of what it may...
Article
09.12.2017
In the 20 years since it left Earth for Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens mission has made remarkable discoveries, to the point of changing our entire understanding of the Solar System. Its spectacular end...
Article
09.06.2017
Music cannot be reduced to a combination of notes and rhythms that can trigger emotions. It is also a form of language likely to convey information. A new discipline, music semantics, focuses on this...
Opinion
09.04.2017
Could it be that the difficulties experienced by boys in secondary school originate from the conflicting messages they receive for the construction of their masculine identity?
Opinion
08.29.2017
A recent study has unlocked the code that allows the brain, using a surprisingly small number of neurons, to recognize any face. The discovery opens new perspectives for research, and could lead to...
Article
08.28.2017
Far from immune to the effects of globalization, the oases of the world are changing. Whatever their many forms, water is always the determining element.
Article
08.24.2017
Honeybees, like humans, rely on their sense of vision to explore their surroundings. New findings show that the insects can memorize visual cues not only below, but also above them, to make their way...
Article
08.17.2017
To mark the centenary of the birth of the French ethnologist and film-maker Jean Rouch, a series of events is being organized throughout France this year, with the support of prominent national and...
Slideshow
08.14.2017
Like all members of the dolphin family, pilot whales have a highly developed acoustic sense. But what of their sense of taste and smell? Can they perceive odors and flavors? What organs are involved...