Making sense of science
Seven Earth-sized planets have been detected orbiting Trappist-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star in our galactic neighborhood. Some of them appear to be potentially habitable. The latest results of this study were published today in the journal Nature.
In the spring of 2016, a team of French researchers headed for Namibia to look for human fossil sites. Read on for a day-to-day account of their first exploratory mission.
How is collective memory shaped after tragic events like the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris? A team of researchers are tapping into the memories of 1000 participants over a period of 10 years. The idea is to follow how individual memories evolve,...
Flying robots that can handle objects and interact with their environment could soon be used by a number of industries. Research, conducted partly in France as part of a European consortium, has...
After AlphaGo’s victory over the world’s best Go players, the giants of Silicon Valley are pitting artificial intelligence against real-time strategy (RTS) video games like StarCraft.
Stronger, smarter, more agile, and taller than its predecessor, a new humanoid robot called Pyrène will soon take center stage as France’s main platform for advanced robotics research.
To better understand how probabilities play out in soccer, researchers have just created a championship where the number of matches tends towards infinity. Could this help explain—and predict—why...
Why do people become attached to robots, how do they display this attachment, and is reproducible? Véronique Aubergé, a leading social robotics specialist shares her insight on the complex...
However objective they may seem, the figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. The mathematician Leila Schneps explains the phenomenon.
While transhumanism seeks to transcend the biological limitations of the human body, robotics researcher Nathanaël Jarrassé advocates a realistic perception of prostheses, which do not transform...
We are increasingly relying on digital devices to record information in our place. While such use of digital technologies might free up our brain to focus on other tasks, is there not a long-term...
How does hate spread online? A large-scale investigation of online violence and propaganda and their effect on young people is currently being led by Catherine Blaya, a professor of educational...
The winner of many prestigious prizes, Claire Voisin has received the 2016 CNRS Gold Medal, France’s highest scientific distinction, for her research in complex algebraic geometry. This “mathematical...
When looking at data protection protocols, even the most robust encryption can be breached if the other elements of the protocol are weak. Just one of many issues addressed during a CNRS...
To represent reality more accurately, is it better to simplify models and simulations or make them more complex? Specialist Frédéric Alexandre explains the latest developments and limits of current...