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 often intended to be stigmatising. Paradoxically, they can also...
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.
Article
08.08.2019
Pollution, water temperature, oxygen levels... Scallops and other bivalves represent invaluable archives of the environment and climate. Researchers from Brittany, who were behind this discovery, have been roaming the seas to study them. An invitation this...
Article
08.07.2019
Innovative techniques for decontaminating water herald the water treatment plants of the future. Here are a few of the processes that were presented this past July at the Engineering Goes Green...
Opinion
08.06.2019
The new Jean-Zay supercomputer at the CNRS Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing (IDRIS) is one of the instruments financed for the benefit of French researchers....
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...
Slideshow
08.02.2019
Wood is a living material. And this shows in paintings on wood, slowly cracking, bending and warping—the price to pay for being on public display under conditions that are often far from ideal. In...
Opinion
07.23.2019
They have been on Earth for 174 million years. Geneticist François Parcy explains how flowers teach us about the past, but also provide keys for our future and the climactic upheaval to come.
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
07.03.2019
On July 3, the CNRS Gold Medal was awarded to Thomas Ebbesen. We look back at the exceptional career of this specialist of light.
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

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...

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.

Article
06.28.2019
In 1927, the physicist Jean Perrin founded the Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology (IBPC), a multidisciplinary centre where scientists could dedicate themselves to their research full time. The...