Making sense of science
French research has just equipped itself with a new supercomputer called Jean Zay, one of the most powerful in Europe. What will this supercomputer change? How are France and Europe positioning themselves in the global landscape? Scientific and geopolitical context is provided by Jamal Atif, the...
Article
10.23.2019
Distrust of certain vaccines may reflect much broader problems, such as confidence in the French healthcare system. That is the view of the sociologist Jeremy Ward, who has looked at the reasons for French reluctance, which needs to be differentiated from...
Opinion
10.23.2019
To study neutrinos, some the most elusive particles known to physics, an international team of researchers and engineers are building an ambitious detector called KM3NeT at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
Video
10.24.2019
Article
10.23.2019
The sixth edition of the Haizebegi festival, dedicated to the “worlds of music” and the social sciences, recently took place in Bayonne. For its director, the anthropologist Denis Laborde, studying musical works and ways of playing music sheds crucial light...
10.21.2019
Whether they track animal populations, monitor air quality, or optimise our energy consumption, sensors are increasingly being used to study the environment. A great deal of research has been conducted to improve their sensitivity, independence, and...
10.20.2019
The conclusions of the latest IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate change on the oceans are devastating. CNRS News talks about the specifics with Jean-Pierre Gattuso, an oceanographer at the CNRS and co-author of the Report.
Article
10.18.2019
An archaeologist and historian who specialises in Africa, François-Xavier Fauvelle wages a tireless battle against the prejudices concerning that continent. Recently elected professor at the Collège de France, he will take the opportunity of his inaugural...
Article
10.17.2019
Every single piece of debris from the Notre-Dame blaze is being collected by scientists. Working in coordination with rope access technicians and mini-excavators, a team of researchers are hard at...
Opinion
10.04.2019
The geographer Ludivine Eloy offers her interpretation of the intensifying fires in Amazonia, and identifies avenues for combatting the deforestation that is weakening the world’s largest forest.
Opinion
10.02.2019
Can robots replace us today or in the future? For what tasks? Will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? Below are some answers provided by the roboticist Jean-Paul Laumond.
Article
10.02.2019
From industrial adhesives inspired by gecko feet to traditional dances imitating the movements of animals, humans have drawn an infinite number of ideas from nature. This biomimicry often reveals...
Slideshow
09.24.2019
Discover the 20 photos that won the La preuve par l’image (The Proof is in the picture) competition. The competition, which was organised this year by the CNRS and the francophone association for...
09.23.2019
Three years before Blade Runner, Ridley Scott had already cast an android that could pass as human in Alien. Will we be conversing with such capable machines by 2093, the year in which the film...
Article
09.23.2019
Spotlight on the Make Our Planet Great Again programme, launched in June 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron. Its first conference will be held on 1st October in Paris.
09.23.2019
In Paris, traffic problems are nothing new, as people were already trying to find solutions to help ease the flow during the 1920s. Evidence of this can be found in images from a project for a moving...
Article
09.19.2019
In the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics, a French-Japanese team offers sportspersons—as well as performers from other fields—a precious boost by identifying the brain region linked with performance...
Opinion
09.18.2019
In April 2019, the European Parliament passed new legislation providing greater protection for whistleblowers. What will be the concrete effects of this law called for by the UN and European civil...
Article
09.16.2019
Of the ten most influential personalities in 2018, according to a ranking by the scientific journal Nature, only one is French: Valérie Masson-Delmotte. CNRS News looks back at the brilliant career...
Article
09.12.2019
Ane Aanesland, Livio de Luca, Vance Bergeron, and Orphée Cugat are the 2019 CNRS Innovation Medallists. Since 2011, this CNRS prize has rewarded researchers for their work in the technological,...