Making sense of science
A series of observations on an unprecedented scale combining detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic signals at all wavelengths sheds light on unsolved mysteries of astrophysics.
Article
10.16.2017
50 years ago, on October 13, 1967, the second—the unit of time—was no longer defined by stars, but by atoms. In this quest for precision, scientists are now inventing the clocks of the future, that will let us express time with greater accuracy, and also...
Video
10.13.2017
On October 3, the Israeli government awarded the 2017 Samson Prize, Israel’s highest distinction for innovation, to Jean-Marie Tarascon, Professor at the Collège de France, director of the CNRS Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), and a...
Article
10.10.2017
Video
09.21.2017

In French Guiana, leatherback turtles—the largest sea turtles in the world—return to the same beach multiple times over the year to lay their eggs. But fewer are making it back, threatening the...

Opinion
09.20.2017
In cetaceans—unlike in other mammals—breathing is a voluntary action that involves returning regularly to the surface. Sperm whales take naps in vertical position, and when dolphins sleep, half of...
Opinion
09.15.2017
Although it was named a mere twenty years ago, the last common ancestor of all living organisms on Earth is more than three billion years old. And scientists have an ever-better idea of what it may...
Opinion
08.29.2017
A recent study has unlocked the code that allows the brain, using a surprisingly small number of neurons, to recognize any face. The discovery opens new perspectives for research, and could lead to...
Article
08.24.2017
Honeybees, like humans, rely on their sense of vision to explore their surroundings. New findings show that the insects can memorize visual cues not only below, but also above them, to make their way...
Slideshow
08.14.2017
Like all members of the dolphin family, pilot whales have a highly developed acoustic sense. But what of their sense of taste and smell? Can they perceive odors and flavors? What organs are involved...
Opinion
08.06.2017
Even the most rational among us make their decisions... at random! The neurobiologist Thomas Boraud explains why in this column.
Article
07.31.2017
Monaco Explorations' research vessel Yersin has set sail for a round-the-world mission to study the state of the world's oceans, terminating in 2020. Among a host of scientific projects, it...
Slideshow
07.27.2017
Flipper, a shellfish-capturing robot and the latest brainchild of the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM), has just been tested in the waters off...
Article
07.25.2017
Ahead of the 9th International Conference on HIV Research which ended last week in Paris, UNAIDS published its latest figures on the epidemic. 1 million people died of AIDS in 2016, and 1.8 million...
Article
07.23.2017
A permanent cure for AIDS is now the prime objective of scientists who are tracking the virus’s “reservoir cells” and immersing themselves in its molecular mechanisms… Serious leads for the...
Opinion
07.14.2017
The demonstration of intestinal parasites in World War I soldiers provides additional evidence of the horror of these men’s daily lives. This discovery was possible thanks to an emerging discipline,...