Making sense of science
Flying an airplane into a thunderstorm may not sound like a good idea. Unless you are a physicist. Scientists from the Exaedre project have led an exceptional mission to study the physics of lightning from up close.
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03.22.2019
In Iraqi Kurdistan, excavations carried out by a French archaeological mission have revealed an ancient city on the site of Kunara. Towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC, this city stood in the heart of an unknown kingdom: that of the mountain people, who...
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03.19.2019
In his new book, the physicist Sébastien Balibar tells the story of the encounter in Paris of the Hungarian László Tisza and the German Fritz London, two scientists who fled Nazism, and their subsequent exile to the United States. He shows how scientific...
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03.18.2019
03.14.2019

Due to climate change, the Argentière glacier in the French Alps has been losing a meter of thickness every year for the past 30 years. A team of scientists has equipped the icy giant with over...

02.21.2019
This February, the world’s leading experts in ancient materials research convened in Paris for the World Meeting on Heritage, Sciences and Technologies. For Loïc Bertrand, director of the IPANEMA...
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02.14.2019
Giant experiments all over the world are trying to break the secret of neutrinos, the elusive and unusual elementary particles discovered in 1956. Their success could change our understanding of...
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12.28.2018
HIV, obesity or Parkinson’s disease are all conditions that could be treated using complex carbohydrates. Inspired by these sugars—present on the surface of all cells—several research teams have...
12.20.2018
Using extraordinarily detailed 3D images of the internal structure of kerogen—the organic matter in source rocks from which fossil fuels are extracted—a French-American team demonstrates that the...
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11.14.2018
After having received the Gruber Prize in Cosmology last May, the astrophysicist Jean-Loup Puget, emeritus senior researcher at the CNRS, was awarded the Shaw Prize in Astronomy on September 26 in...
10.22.2018
By explicitly connecting all base units to fundamental constants, the future reform of the International System of Units (SI) will complete the objectives of universality and stability sought by the...
10.15.2018
On November 13-16, 2018 in Versailles, the base units of the International System were set to be redefined in reference to seven physical constants. A look back at the reasons and issues involved in...
10.09.2018
Whether it’s developing smart materials for safer roads or connected medical instruments to help doctors make the best-informed decisions, CNRS research is at the heart of a number of start-ups. We...
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09.26.2018
This month saw the launch of Sciences 2024, a research project that is unprecedented in France. Its objective is to optimize the performance of French athletes, and to contribute to their success at...
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09.18.2018
From South America to Asia, from Akhenaten to Marcel Proust, here is an overview of the different research for conserving, protecting, and reconstructing our shared heritage.
08.23.2018
Chemists, historians and conservators are seeking to preserve—and possibly one day exhibit—extremely fragile prints by Louis Ducos du Hauron, the little-known pioneer of color photography and whose...