Making sense of science
The author of The Hobbit was also a poet and a medieval philologist who, as part of the process of creating the realm of Middle Earth, also invented highly elaborate imaginary languages. Charles Delattre, a specialist in Greco-Roman languages, literature and mythology, and a contributor to a...
Article
05.22.2017
The first material of its kind, with a thickness of just one atom, graphene has opened the way to the development of other ultra-thin substances. Now being produced and studied in the laboratory, these new materials could find a wide range of applications in...
Article
05.17.2017
Neuroimmunology—or the study of interactions between the nervous and immune systems—is still in its infancy, but it already holds great therapeutic promise, Jean-Philippe Herbeuval and Nikaïa Smith explain.
Opinion
05.18.2017
Article
04.25.2017
A researcher from Toulouse has proposed a novel approach that would rank the greatest chess masters more fairly than the ELO system.
04.23.2017
Algorithms are increasingly present in our daily lives and decision-making processes. Yet in the era of big data and artificial intelligence, the lack of transparency of some automated data...
Opinion
03.21.2017
The mathematician Yves Meyer has just been awarded the Abel prize, one of the discipline's highest distinctions, for his research on the theory of wavelets. We asked Albert Cohen, mathematician...
Article
03.13.2017
Two key figures in French mathematics, Cédric Villani, Fields medalist in 2010, and Artur Ávila, the French-Brazilian winner of the prestigious prize in 2014, engage in an informal conversation with...
Article
03.06.2017
The benefits of hands-on learning are widely recognized. A new international study now delves further and detects how the sense of touch stimulates motor learning when pairs of individuals interact.
Article
02.23.2017
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...
Article
02.10.2017
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.
Article
02.09.2017
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.
02.02.2017
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...
01.31.2017
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...
01.23.2017
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.
Opinion
01.09.2017
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...