Making sense of science
A series of observations on an unprecedented scale combining detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals at all wavelengths sheds light on unsolved mysteries of astrophysics.
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10.16.2017
50 years ago, on October 13, 1967, the second—the unit of time—was no longer defined by stars, but by atoms. In this quest for precision, scientists are now inventing the clocks of the future, that will let us express time with greater accuracy, and also...
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10.13.2017
On October 3, the Israeli government awarded the 2017 Samson Prize, Israel’s highest distinction for innovation, to Jean-Marie Tarascon, Professor at the Collège de France, director of the CNRS Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), and a...
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10.10.2017
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10.04.2017
One of the most accessible and complete reports on the state of our oceans is now available as a free download. Tackling issues from carbon dioxide absorption to sea level rise, plastic pollution and...
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09.21.2017

In French Guiana, leatherback turtles—the largest sea turtles in the world—return to the same beach multiple times over the year to lay their eggs. But fewer are making it back, threatening the...

Article
09.12.2017
In the 20 years since it left Earth for Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens mission has made remarkable discoveries, to the point of changing our entire understanding of the Solar System. Its spectacular end...
Article
08.28.2017
Far from immune to the effects of globalization, the oases of the world are changing. Whatever their many forms, water is always the determining element.
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07.31.2017
Monaco Explorations' research vessel Yersin has set sail for a round-the-world mission to study the state of the world's oceans, terminating in 2020. Among a host of scientific projects, it...
Article
06.30.2017
Taking a deep dive into our planet’s turbulent core 3000 kilometers below surface level, geophysicists have emerged with high-definition 3D simulations showing the hidden mechanisms that govern the...
Slideshow
06.21.2017
In the Mediterranean region, various platforms provide information about the impact of climate change on ecosystems. In particular, they simulate the decline in rainfall, one of the main threats to...
Slideshow
06.01.2017
Global warming is currently responsible for a spectacular drop in glacier surface area in the Mont-Blanc massif. Yet researchers suspect that since the last ice age, there have been periods during...
Video
05.30.2017

Prices for a black truffle can exceed €1000 a kilogram, especially because this highly-sought after fungus—a gastronomic delicacy—still resists domestication. Researchers are trying to understand...

Article
05.15.2017
Scanning volcanoes to better identify their weaknesses: this groundbreaking work is made possible by muon telescopes, a new technology developed a mere ten years ago and now in operation on La...
Article
05.04.2017
He is the man who discovered that the record of Earth's past climate is locked up in the ice of Antarctica and who highlighted the role of greenhouse gases in global warming. CNRS News looks...
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05.03.2017
French glaciologist Claude Lorius received the prestigious American Bower Award & Prize this month in Philadelphia. We look back at his exceptional career with Jerôme Chappellaz, of the...