Making sense of science
A French-Dutch team has reconstructed the evolution of the Central Asian steppe over the past 40 million years. This turbulent history, made up of major upheavals and mass extinctions, today serves as a warning: a new environmental crisis could irreversibly turn the region into a desert.
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01.24.2021
As mobile operators offer the first 5G subscriptions to the general public, this new standard for telecommunications raises doubts and resistance. The CNRS senior researcher Philippe Owezarski presents the issues involved.
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01.21.2021
Medicine, civil engineering, telecommunications, natural resources management... Quantum sensors offering both unique sensitivity and accuracy are about to revolutionise detection in a number of fields.
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01.12.2021
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01.18.2021
Last October, as a fresh eruption broke out on Mount Etna, an unprecedented marine expedition was underway just a few kilometres from the volcano. Its goal was to gain a better understanding of the processes at work at a major submarine seismic fault, using a...
01.17.2021
A unique collection of sound archives of rare and endangered languages is now accessible to all on the Pangloss website. Several thousand tales and stories in more than 170 languages, collected and documented by dedicated linguists, are now available in audio...
01.11.2021
The Archaeologist Stéphen Rostain gives his perspective on how 13,000 years of history have shaped how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the Amazon.
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01.11.2021
Will hydrogen be the foundation for the clean energy of the future? Daniel Hissel, who was awarded the 2020 CNRS Gold Medal, provides an overview of existing capabilities, as well as present challenges.
11.21.2020

Scientists have developed an easy and cheap solution to Covid-19 testing. The saliva-based test EasyCov can be done anywhere, and provides accurate results in under an hour.

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11.16.2020
Since the attacks of November 2015, the “13 November” research programme has endeavoured to understand how the individual and collective memory of such an event is formed. Five years after the...
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11.12.2020
The CNRS sociologist Gérôme Truc has been studying societies’ reactions to terrorist attacks for more than 15 years. At a time when national unity is once again being undermined by the phenomenon,...
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11.11.2020
By considering criteria other than purely biological or medical, such as language ability, social background, and gender, hospital practitioners and scientists have developed strategies for improving...
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11.09.2020
Nearly a year after the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was identified, researchers have yet to determine how it “jumped species” to infect humans. Virologist Étienne Decroly discusses the various hypotheses...
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11.03.2020
A Paris-based research team has developed a capsule to swallow that will produce images and 3D maps of the intestine. A new era is dawning in colorectal cancer screening.
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10.22.2020
The most severe cases of Covid-19 could be associated with major oxidative stress. Scientists are now proposing solutions to rapidly identify patients who are likely to develop these acute forms, as...
10.21.2020
The European project OligoArchive is working on proof of concept for data storage on synthetic DNA. While this medium is in theory unrivalled in terms of information density and longevity, it still...
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10.21.2020
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has adopted a new international standard, opening the way to a common format for cartographic description. The geographer Erwan Bocher and his colleague Olivier...
10.20.2020

At an altitude of 5,300 metres, the city of la Rinconada, Peru, is the highest permanent human settlement in the world. While many residents suffer from hypoxia, oxygen deprivation, others are...

10.19.2020
A magic device of sorts, the universal automatic translators of science fiction enable human and extra-terrestrial civilisations to communicate effortlessly and with no previous learning. Some...
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10.12.2020
Discover the 20 winning photographs of the second edition of La Preuve par l’Image, a competition organised by the CNRS in partnership with the ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir). The...