Making sense of science
Epidemiology is based on models and simulations of contaminations affecting society. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, citizens are anxiously awaiting and scrutinising each new scientific publication. CNRS News sheds light on these tools that are now hitting the headlines.
Article
03.24.2020
​Interview with Josselin Thuilliez, a health economist, on coronavirus. This CNRS scientist works on epidemics and their impact on individual behaviours, healthcare systems and control policies. He is a member of REACTing, a consortium set up to coordinate...
Article
03.19.2020
French scientists have discovered a metabolic deficit that may be central to the cognitive disorders linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In the longer term, this raises hopes of a potential therapeutic approach designed to delay the onset of symptoms by means of...
Article
03.23.2020
Article
03.25.2020
Rarely have scientists been so sollicited and praised by journalists and politicians, who seek their support in confronting the current health crisis. A consensus to be viewed with caution, warns sociologist and communication specialist Dominique Wolton.
Article
03.24.2020
Wolves are increasingly singled out for their impact on livestock. In a recent study however, three researchers advocate a more balanced view, and emphasise that these mammals also have beneficial effects, for instance by controlling deer populations.
Article
03.18.2020
A specialist in the replication of RNA viruses such as coronavirus, CNRS research professor Bruno Canard expresses his views on the CoVID-19 epidemic and the long-term importance of basic research for combatting these viruses more effectively.
Opinion
03.16.2020
Buildings inspired by plant architecture to better capture sunlight are the projects proposed by the brothers Teva Vernoux and Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot, a biologist and architect, respectively.
Video
01.27.2020

A team of historians and archaeologists has finally found written sources that will help them write a forgotten period of Ethiopia's history. The only problem is that these islamic tombstones are...

Article
01.26.2020
Our conception of innovation has changed radically in recent decades, with an approach based on human well-being replacing the technocentric ideology of the 1990s, believes the economist Sébastien...
Opinion
01.24.2020
Despite the infinite diversity of life, a great many of the most important characteristics of living species, such as growth and metabolism, are governed by universal laws — but not as previously...
Article
01.22.2020
Depression, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes… A collective study has confirmed the preventive and curative value of physical exercise in relation to chronic diseases – provided an...
Article
01.20.2020
Discovered only recently, this underwater reef located some hundred kilometres off the coast of French Guiana boasts exceptional biodiversity, as scientists on board the Greenpeace ship “Esperanza”...
Article
01.16.2020
The treatment of certain cancers using dynamic phototherapy has revealed an unexpected side effect: patients can see better at night. Using molecular simulation, scientists have now succeeded in...
Article
01.14.2020
Very popular for the past 50 years, the laryngeal descent theory (LDT), proposed to explain the human capacity for speech, has been challenged by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Their...
Article
01.09.2020
Recent years have seen the return of French archaeological missions to Iraq. A project launched last spring plans to use innovative cartography techniques to help Iraqis conserve their heritage.
Article
01.06.2020
A number of start-ups linked to labs at the CNRS attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 earlier this month, the famous international trade fair for new technologies.
Opinion
12.22.2019
Who invented the Dothraki spoken by Daenerys in Game of Thrones? What linguistic theory is the basis for the language spoken by the extra-terrestrials in the film Arrival? Frédéric Landragin, author...
12.21.2019
Wood, stone, iron and lead: what do we know about the materials used to build Notre-Dame and the construction techniques employed at the time? Should they be replicated? And which tests that were...
Article
12.21.2019
What if the secrets of the origins of humanity were hidden in the DNA of the Papuan people? The Papuan Past project combines archaeological and genomic approaches to shed light on how human...