Making sense of science
Epidemiology is based on models and simulations of contaminations affecting society. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, citizens are anxiously awaiting and scrutinising each new scientific publication. CNRS News sheds light on these tools that are now hitting the headlines.
Article
03.24.2020
​Interview with Josselin Thuilliez, a health economist, on coronavirus. This CNRS scientist works on epidemics and their impact on individual behaviours, healthcare systems and control policies. He is a member of REACTing, a consortium set up to coordinate...
Article
03.19.2020
French scientists have discovered a metabolic deficit that may be central to the cognitive disorders linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In the longer term, this raises hopes of a potential therapeutic approach designed to delay the onset of symptoms by means of...
Article
03.23.2020
Article
03.25.2020
Rarely have scientists been so sollicited and praised by journalists and politicians, who seek their support in confronting the current health crisis. A consensus to be viewed with caution, warns sociologist and communication specialist Dominique Wolton.
Article
03.24.2020
Wolves are increasingly singled out for their impact on livestock. In a recent study however, three researchers advocate a more balanced view, and emphasise that these mammals also have beneficial effects, for instance by controlling deer populations.
Article
03.18.2020
A specialist in the replication of RNA viruses such as coronavirus, CNRS research professor Bruno Canard expresses his views on the CoVID-19 epidemic and the long-term importance of basic research for combatting these viruses more effectively.
Opinion
03.16.2020
Buildings inspired by plant architecture to better capture sunlight are the projects proposed by the brothers Teva Vernoux and Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot, a biologist and architect, respectively.
03.10.2020

Some 90% of the digital information that exists today was created in the past two years! Data is generated at an increasingly fast rate and finding new materials able to capture this expanding...

Article
03.10.2020
Some key issues remain unresolved over time, eluding even the greatest minds. In honour of France’s Year of Mathematics, CNRS News looks at a few of history’s most famous mathematical conjectures,...
Article
03.03.2020
Data openness and sharing, which are becoming a necessity, could lead to new discoveries. This will require appropriate resources, as well as coordinated reflection across borders.
Article
02.26.2020
Far from being a universal experience, menopause may also be a social construct which, by focusing attention on female ageing, could shed light on gender-based social relations in Western society. An...
Article
02.25.2020
The internationally renowned astrophysicist Patrick Michel has recently been appointed head of the Hera space mission, which will analyse the effects of the collision of the Double Asteroid...
Article
02.25.2020
The CNRS Chairman and CEO, Antoine Petit, presented the organisation's roadmap for open science during the second annual French national open science days (JNSO) late last year. Chief Research...
02.24.2020

The LSST, or Large Synoptic Survey Telescope is about to conduct a 10-year survey of the sky. It will deliver a 500 petabyte set of images and data products that will address some of the most...

Article
02.17.2020
For the first time since it was created in 2001, the Global Forum on TB Vaccines will be held in France, and more specifically in Toulouse, from 20 to 22 April 2021. The promoters of the French...
02.17.2020
Whether mobile or far from any electrical outlets, the wireless sensors that form the Internet of Things have specific needs. By harvesting ambient energy – thermal, mechanical or luminous – they can...
Article
02.07.2020
On February 10, the European spacecraft Solar Orbiter will launch and head for the Sun, with the aim of unravelling some of the mysteries surrounding the physics of our star.
Article
02.01.2020
Inaugurated in 1869, the Suez Canal was not just a technical achievement that connected the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, the East to the West. This symbol of European imperialism, which was built by...
Article
01.30.2020
After Brexit, the UK, a key scientific partner of France and the CNRS, will have to review the basic principles of its membership of the European research community.