Making sense of science
Provided adapted software can be developed, exascale computing, a new generation of supercomputers, will offer massive power to model the properties of molecules and materials, while taking into account their fundamental interactions and quantum mechanics. The European TREX project is set to meet...
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06.15.2021
At school, we learned that the Gulf Stream was the warm current that flows across the Atlantic. Yet according to oceanographer Julie Deshayes, things aren't quite so simple. The scientist prefers to speak of the “Atlantic Overturning Circulation” to...
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06.08.2021
At first sight, the remote, icy polar regions may appear superficially similar. But they are in fact very different places: the Antarctic and the Arctic have neither the same history nor the same legal status. CNRS News takes a look at the geopolitical...
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06.07.2021
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06.02.2021
Arrested in Tehran two years ago and sentenced to five years of detention, the French-Iranian anthropologist has been released from prison but remains under house arrest. She was recently awarded the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize for “Female Scientist of the Year...
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05.25.2021
Because viruses can only replicate their genetic material by hijacking cell machinery, focusing on this crucial step may halt the infection. Scientists are collaborating within the GAVO project to synthesise molecules that could block the replication of RNA...
05.25.2021
Bioinformatics—a relatively new scientific discipline—uses models and algorithms to analyse the avalanche of data produced by biologists. It has played a crucial role in deciphering the origin and functioning of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
05.25.2021
What can we do when a technology created to promote commercial products is used to influence people's political opinions?
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05.24.2021
Did the former presence of huge bat colonies in the caves of southern France have an impact on palaeolithic rock art? This is the hypothesis put forward by the geoarchaeologist Laurent Bruxelles,...
Article
05.20.2021
It was nearly 40 years ago: in October 1981, a few months after the election of François Mitterrand as President of the Republic, capital punishment was abolished in France. CNRS News looks back at a...
Article
05.18.2021
While 10 May marks the commemoration of France’s abolition of slavery in 1848, more than 170 years on, this tragic phenomenon remains a reality. The number of victims worldwide, in the form of forced...
Article
05.11.2021
Space travel, an old human dream, is still no pleasure cruise. It involves major physiological and psychological challenges that researchers are working hard to take up.
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05.10.2021
A group of researchers is set to promote the use of CO2 detectors in classrooms, cafeterias, offices, factories and other enclosed spaces. Their goal is to improve indoor ventilation to help curb the...
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04.26.2021
Located in the north of the former African kingdom of Kongo, the Lovo Massif is home to a number of rock art sites with a history spanning several centuries. The French-Congolese Lovo mission is...
Article
04.25.2021
In France, where the first lockdown was imposed immediately following the initial round of the 2020 municipal elections, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought remote electronic voting back to the...
Opinion
04.25.2021
Studies in widely vaccinated populations, such as those in Israel and the UK, have confirmed in vivo the protection promised by different vaccines. The risk of vaccinated individuals transmitting the...
Article
04.25.2021
According to Bruno David, President of the French National Museum of Natural History, Homo sapiens is about to expose land ecosystems to a major crisis, thus increasing the risk of pandemics. Yet it...
Article
04.22.2021
The quantum computing revolution will make many concepts and devices obsolete, thereby generating certain security problems. The National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US has organised...
04.15.2021
Antoine Aiello, Nora Dempsey, François Jérôme and Amanda Silva Brun are the four recipients of the CNRS 2021 Innovation Medal. Created 10 years ago, this distinction honours people whose outstanding...
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04.12.2021
Four slime moulds, strange single-celled organisms without brains, will join French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station. On board, Pesquet will use them for various...