Making sense of science
Our memory is malleable. So much so that we can even create false memories. Insight into these mechanisms could help us find new ways to understand certain pathological disorders. Neurobiologist Pascal Roullet, scientific adviser to a recently-aired documentary on the subject, explains.
As a gigantic 5000 square kilometer iceberg threatens to break away from the Antarctic peninsula, CNRS news takes a closer look at these mountains of ice adrift in the sea. Where do they come from, why do they float and what are they made of?
A previously unidentified type of ant trail has recently come to light: the longhorn crazy ant’s unique scent marks that help crews of coworkers carry a bulky load across obstacle-strewn territory. A combined feat of collaboration, coordination… and chance.
While transhumanism seeks to transcend the biological limitations of the human body, robotics researcher Nathanaël Jarrassé advocates a realistic perception of prostheses, which do not transform those who wear them into man-machines.
Far from the romanticized image created since the 18th century by writers like Defoe and Stevenson, and perpetuated by Hollywood to this day, the actual history of the pirates and privateers, with whom they are too often confused, is much more complex....
We are increasingly relying on digital devices to record information in our place. While such use of digital technologies might free up our brain to focus on other tasks, is there not a long-term risk of memory deterioration? We asked a specialist in the...

Apart from creating the pleasant feeling on our tongues, Champagne's effervescence plays a key role in the release of aromas into the air. A team of researchers in France have studied the physics of Champagne's tiny gas bubbles.

Sleep is a loss of time and—at least for wild animals—increases the risk of being attacked and eaten. So why has evolution perpetuated this function? According to the biologist Paul-Antoine Libourel...
Terrorism, the rise of nationalism, migratory flows... Many of Shakespeare's plays directly address issues that would not be out of place in contemporary Europe. "New Faces," a...
Following up on their earlier revelation that blobs of slime mold possess previously unsuspected learning capacities, a group of French scientists now go on to show how readily blobs share what they...
How does hate spread online? A large-scale investigation of online violence and propaganda and their effect on young people is currently being led by Catherine Blaya, a professor of educational...
Breathing, running, eating, urinating, singing or giving birth are all actions that mobilize our elasticity. How can we preserve this essential capacity of organs and tissues to return to their...
The winner of many prestigious prizes, Claire Voisin has received the 2016 CNRS Gold Medal, France’s highest scientific distinction, for her research in complex algebraic geometry. This “mathematical...
For the first time, a complete report on methane emissions has been published. After stabilizing in the early 2000s, methane concentrations in the atmosphere began to increase again in 2007, rising...
When looking at data protection protocols, even the most robust encryption can be breached if the other elements of the protocol are weak. Just one of many issues addressed during a CNRS...
To represent reality more accurately, is it better to simplify models and simulations or make them more complex? Specialist Frédéric Alexandre explains the latest developments and limits of current...
What if chimpanzees, or even insects, could help us find new cures for malaria or cancer? Welcome to the fascinating world of zoopharmacognosy.
Spintronics, which uses both the electrical and magnetic properties of electrons, has greatly increased the storage capacity of hard drives since the 1990s. Today it opens up new avenues for the...
We all know that our bodies deteriorate as we get older. By trying to understand why, scientists are hoping that they may eventually be able to slow down, or even stop, this process.