Making sense of science
The great organ, which was partially spared by the fire, is not the only thing that resounds within Notre-Dame. CNRS researchers are trying to reconstruct the cathedral's sound environment during different periods, providing a resource for assessing the impact of restoration work on its...
Article
12.03.2019
What if we could power our vehicles with metal powder? Aluminium and magnesium have the same energy density as fossil fuels and the waste—metal oxydes—can be recycled with concentrated solar energy.
Video
11.19.2019
The CNRS celebrated is 80th anniversary on 26 November in Paris, with an international symposium and an extraordinary ceremony for the 2019 Gold Medal—awarded to the physical chemist Thomas Ebbesen—in the presence of the French President, several ministers,...
Article
11.28.2019
11.25.2019

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic moonwalk, scientific instruments deployed on the Moon's surface continue to supply valuable data to scientists. Using these reflectors still in place on the Moon's surface, a team of researchers...

Article
11.25.2019
On Tuesday November 26, Thomas Ebbesen was awarded the CNRS Gold Medal, one of France's highest scientific distinctions. The author of several groundbreaking discoveries, the French-Norwegian physical-chemist discusses his current research into...
11.20.2019

About 90% of the digital information that exists today was created in the past two years. Finding new materials able to capture this expanding digital world—and that are less energy-hungry—has become a priority for many research laboratories around the...

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11.18.2019
In the year 79 CE, the eruption of Vesuvius froze the life of Pompeii in one brief instant. Nearly two thousand years later, archaeologists are trying to reconstruct the city’s history and activity. One of them is Laetitia Cavassa, who is conducting a study...
Article
11.18.2019
What forces move the tectonic plates of the Earth's surface? A team of geophysicists drawn primarily from two CNRS laboratories used a 3D simulation of our planet to answer this 50-year-old...
Slideshow
11.14.2019
What impact does climate change have on Himalayan glaciers? Over the last ten years, an international team of scientists has studied the gradual evolution of glaciers in Nepal, a phenomenon that...
Opinion
11.14.2019
This year, the world will produce 360 million tons of plastics. From their disposal in the environment to implications on human health, this has become a major societal issue. The chemists and...
11.13.2019
Creating a Google Earth of sorts for the cathedral of Paris, that is the ambitious project of a team of researchers. Their objective is clear: to gather all past and future knowledge about the...
11.12.2019
Alexa and Google Home Assistant are just a first step. Since voice is not enough on its own, scientists are working to create virtual beings that can communicate through gestures and facial...
10.24.2019

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...

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...
Opinion
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...
Article
10.23.2019
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...
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...
Article
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...
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...