Making sense of science
Alessandro Morbidelli is a specialist in the evolution and formation of planetary systems, and holds the planetary formation Chair at the Collège de France. The astrophysicist looks back on his career, which has taken him from Italy to the origins of life.
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06.20.2024
Solving a long-standing mystery, the sarcophagus of Ramses II has finally been identified based on a piece of granite discovered in Abydos, Egypt… in 2009. Recent analyses of the enigmatic fragment by the Egyptologist Frédéric Payraudeau confirm that it is...
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06.10.2024
The “Sanctuary on the Moon” project, launched nearly ten years ago, aims to send a collection of discs containing a vast body of knowledge and material evidence of human civilisation to the Moon.
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06.14.2024
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10.30.2023
Glycobiology, or study of the biological functions of saccharides, is a fully fledged research field that could one day lead to novel treatments for infections.
10.26.2023
The Natufian culture developed between 13,000 and 9,650 years ago in northern Israel, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean. Recent discoveries suggest that these hunter-gatherers used red...
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09.15.2023
Following the disappointing results from other candidates for explaining dark matter, a particle hypothesised over 40 years ago, the axion, has come back to the forefront.
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07.28.2023
According to quantum theory, a vacuum is actually packed full of energy. Scientists are currently working on an experiment designed to show that it can even slow light down and deflect it.
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07.26.2023
Researchers have discovered a potential natural hydrogen deposit under the coalfields of the northeastern French Lorraine region – possibly the world’s largest reserve of this gas!
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07.20.2023

In the quest for a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, hydrogen is a serious contender. But it still has to be tamed... In this report, a number of researchers and industrialists retrace the...

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07.12.2023
The expansion of the Universe is accelerating as a result of an enigmatic phenomenon called dark energy. To try to discover what this really is, the Euclid space telescope has been launched on a six-...
06.08.2023

Located at an altitude of 2,500 metres on the Bure plateau in the Alps, the Noema international observatory is the most powerful radio telescope in the northern hemisphere. Thanks to the data...

04.27.2023
Sensors and artificial intelligence are now part of electrical grids, creating more “intelligent” networks known as smart grids. The researcher Nouredine Hadjsaid explains the issues and challenges...
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04.24.2023
For several years now, microorganisms have been gravitating from the lab benches of biologists towards the test tubes of chemists. The aim is to study bacteria from a new angle with the prospect of...
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03.22.2023
The physicist Bérengère Dubrulle has won the Irène Joliot-Curie Female Scientist of the Year prize 2022, awarded by the French Academy of Sciences. Yet another distinction for this specialist in...
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02.21.2023
Using a novel experimental protocol, scientists are shedding fresh light on nuclear fusion reactions in stars. This will affect theories of stellar evolution and of the abundance of elements in the...