Making sense of science
A large comparative study of police-community relations around the world was recently published. If situations vary according to countries and regimes, some countries—like France—could do better. How to restore trust between the police and citizens? We asked political scientist Sebastian Roché, who...
Article
02.15.2018
Cooling atoms may seem like a strange idea, especially when lasers are used for that purpose. CNRS News revisits science’s best find for measuring time with accuracy, confirming fundamental physical theories, and studying certain exotic properties of matter.
Article
02.16.2018
Do we really only use 10% of our brains? Although many people believe it, there is absolutely no scientific evidence backing this claim. So why is neuroscience often prone to misinterpretation?
Opinion
02.13.2018
Slideshow
02.15.2018
aMicroalgae could become an alternative to oil, a source of edible protein, while also recycling carbon dioxide. They could provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly solution to our development needs. But how can we scale up their production and...
Article
02.15.2018
The correspondence of the French writer Marcel Proust, a trove of thousands of letters in countless locations around the world, is the focus of a massive digitization program uniting French and US researchers. The “Corr-Proust” project, which will be...
Opinion
02.14.2018
Every year, huge amounts of explosives are used worldwide to build roads, extract minerals, or put satellites into orbit. Yet the processes currently in use disperse large quantities of lead into the environment. Chemists have just found a much less polluting...
Article
02.13.2018
The recent discovery in Saudi Arabia of large animal sculptures has prompted a team of researchers to study these ancient low- and high- rock reliefs—exceptional by their size and artistic quality—and shed light on the evolution of rock art in this region.
02.07.2018

All life on Earth exists on a thin layer that surrounds the planet. To better understand this so-called "critical zone," researchers are setting up state-of-the-art instruments and creating open-...

Opinion
02.02.2018
Why does a disease affect one gender more than the other? Why is autism misdiagnosed in women? Sociologist Mathieu Arbogast, project manager at the CNRS's Mission for Women's Integration,...
01.31.2018

In the Greek cities of antiquity, a lottery system was devised to select citizens for public duty. For the first time, researchers were able to build a stone replica of a kleroterion, the amazing...

Opinion
01.29.2018
What advantages does hydrogen have that could make it a key component of our future energy mix? What are the obstacles to be overcome? Daniel Hissel, a respected hydrogen specialist and recent winner...
Article
01.24.2018
Prior to the Angoulême International Comics Festival 2018, held at the end of January in France, we asked Cécile Sakai, director of the French Research Institute on Japan, to provide an overview from...
Article
01.22.2018
The Earth hasn't always been the blue, hospitable planet it is today. On at least three occasions our planet was completely covered with ice. How did the Earth get into this state and, above all...
01.18.2018
An international research team has upgraded an imaging method able to unveil, in high-resolution 3D, the structure of layers below the surface of paintings and other objects, opening up new prospects...
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01.17.2018
From Egyptian harps to Roman cornua (trumpets), from Mesopotamian songs to Greek hymns, not to mention a wealth of vases, frescoes, statues, and tablets, testifying to the importance of music in...
Article
01.15.2018
Robots deployed in the North Atlantic Ocean have probed the rarely observed winter growth patterns of phytoplankton and established the starting point of the bloom periods of these microalgae, vital...
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01.12.2018
With their small size of several tens of centimeters and relatively low cost, nanosatellites—known as “CubeSats”—open up new scientific vistas. PicSat, launched on January 12, will be the first such...
Article
01.11.2018
By targeting cancer cells with a laser, photodynamic therapy—which is used in both dermatology and oncology—can provide new opportunities to treat certain tumors such as those that affect the...
Article
01.08.2018
Among the thousands of exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, the world's largest consumer tech trade show, we put the spotlight on four young French start-ups that have come to...