Making sense of science
Ane Aanesland, Livio de Luca, Vance Bergeron, and Orphée Cugat are the 2019 CNRS Innovation Medallists. Since 2011, this CNRS prize has rewarded researchers for their work in the technological, therapeutic, economic, and social fields.
Article
09.12.2019
The history of innovation is also a history of failures. Here are a few examples taken from the archives of the Direction des inventions, one of the ancestors of the CNRS.
Article
09.06.2019
Whether surfing or football fans, cycling champions, or simply those concerned about protecting their bodies during physical effort or against injuries, researchers are innovating on all fronts in the field of sport.
Article
09.08.2019
Video
09.04.2019

After abolishing slavery, the French government compensated... the slave owners! A team of historians is uncovering new complexities of France's painful past.

Article
08.12.2019
Social networks, everyday conversations, political discourse, the media, the arts… No form of communication is immune to stereotypes. Although sometimes evoked for the purpose of humour, they are...
Article
08.12.2019
Big brothers—rather than big sisters—tend to get in the way of kids picking up verbal skills, reveals a new study on the effect of siblings on language development in young French children.
08.05.2019

Is art truly eternal? Paintings by History's greatest masters are affected by the passage of time. But scientists and curators have joined forces to figure out exactly what is causing the ageing...

Article
08.03.2019
From sport as spectacle to sport as a source of wellness, aggressiveness to a sense of teamwork, unbridled marketing to the democratization of facilities, and male chauvinism to a coeducational...
07.23.2019

Sperm whales spend most of their lives hunting in the depths of the sea. To study them, a team of researchers used a floating autonomous ship equipped with microphones and a sound card so...

Article
06.30.2019
From the compressed air bugle to the geophone, discover the photos from the innovation archives established by Jean Perrin, the physicist who founded the CNRS. These images and many others will be...
Video
06.28.2019

There are thousands of cave art sites nested in Zimbabwe's Matobo Hills. A team of archaeologists and cave art specialists have teamed up to try to understand these mysterious paintings.

Video
06.28.2019

Discovered in the 1990s, Little Foot is the most complete skeleton of an Australopithecus ever unearthed. Research continues on this exceptional fossil as scientists reveal details about her...

Opinion
06.27.2019
Frédéric Épaud, a specialist on medieval frameworks, discusses the falsehoods that circulated after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame on April 15.
06.17.2019
Since the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral on 15 April, many scientists have volunteered their expertise to aid in its restoration. We talked to Philippe Dillmann and Martine Regert, leaders of...
Article
06.12.2019
Since 1981, the surveys conducted every ten years by the European Values Study programme have assessed the values and beliefs of Europe’s citizens. To mark the launch of the book La France des...