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
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...
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12.20.2020
Despite their size, weighing as much as hundreds of kilos, bluefin tuna are difficult to study. Researchers have developed instruments to monitor these animals’ migrations as well as various...
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11.23.2020
New mathematical tools have improved our ability to interpret the information contained in ancient DNA samples. Bioinformaticians have developed a model that can visualise the migrations and gene...
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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.
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...
10.19.2020
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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10.08.2020
Like us, embryonic cells communicate to take decisions and thus transform from a fertilised egg to an embryo with a well-defined shape. Scientists have recently demonstrated the diversity of their...
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09.20.2020
Covering some 15 million hectares, France’s woodlands are the third-largest in Europe. Scientists from the SPE in Corsica are developing firefighting tools to help preserve this resource.
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07.23.2020
The relief of patients suffering from Covid-19 requires technical gestures that can contribute to the exhaustion of healthcare staff. The ExoTurn project seeks to help them through the use of...
07.22.2020
Highly flexible, environmentally friendly, with the agility of a human hand or the ability to interact in groups... Portraits of five incredibly talented robots that could soon make a debut in the...
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06.25.2020
Sophie Brouard, Daniel Hissel, Arnaud Landragin and Franck Molina are the CNRS 2020 Innovation Medallists. Since 2011, the CNRS Innovation Medal rewards figures whose exceptional research work has...