Making sense of science
Sofia is a Boeing 747 like no other. Run by NASA and the DLR, the German space agency, this aircraft was specially modified to accommodate a telescope. Come on board with astrophysicist Olivier Berné and jet to the stratosphere to observe the nebula of Orion, where stars are born.
Video
03.29.2017
A few weeks before the Seine burst its banks in June 2016, a large-scale crisis management exercise dubbed "EU Sequana" was held in the Paris region with the aim of preparing for the next "flood of the century." Taking part was a team of...
Article
03.27.2017
The European Research Council (ERC) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Acclaimed by the scientific community, the prestigious European research program can take pride in a nearly flawless track record.
Article
03.22.2017
Opinion
03.21.2017
The mathematician Yves Meyer has just been awarded the Abel prize, one of the discipline's highest distinctions, for his research on the theory of wavelets. We asked Albert Cohen, mathematician at the Laboratoire Jacques-Louis-Lions, to shed light on his...
Opinion
03.20.2017
From Amazonia to Siberia, some human populations the world over communicate by whistling. More complex than it sounds, whistled speech intrigues linguists and neuroscientists alike. Linguist and bio-acoustician Julien Meyer tells us about this astonishing...
Article
03.16.2017
Already involved in numerous pathologies, the elastic properties of tissues and organs now represent a promising new lead in biological and medical research. Preliminary results point to new types of treatment.
Article
03.13.2017
Two key figures in French mathematics, Cédric Villani, Fields medalist in 2010, and Artur Ávila, the French-Brazilian winner of the prestigious prize in 2014, engage in an informal conversation with Christoph Sorger, director of the CNRS National Institute...
Article
02.09.2017
Stronger, smarter, more agile, and taller than its predecessor, a new humanoid robot called Pyrène will soon take center stage as France’s main platform for advanced robotics research.
Opinion
02.07.2017
In a recent book, Marc Boulay and Sébastien Steyer set themselves quite a challenge: that of imagining what animals will be like in 10 million years' time. Steyer, a paleontologist, outlines the...
02.02.2017
To better understand how probabilities play out in soccer, researchers have just created a championship where the number of matches tends towards infinity. Could this help explain—and predict—why...
01.31.2017
Why do people become attached to robots, how do they display this attachment, and is reproducible? Véronique Aubergé, a leading social robotics specialist shares her insight on the complex...
Article
01.26.2017
An expedition to the Kisangani region, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has yielded surprising findings about a supposedly very rare bat species, the pied butterfly bat, whose black fur with...
01.23.2017
However objective they may seem, the figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. The mathematician Leila Schneps explains the phenomenon.
Article
01.19.2017
A new study sheds light on how some ant species ingeniously combine vision and memory to find their way back from foraging expeditions—whether walking forward, backward or sideways.
Slideshow
01.18.2017
Discover the 20 scientific images by Canadian researchers presented during the 2016 edition of the competition “La preuve par l’image” (Proof through Images). CNRS Le journal is a partner of...
Article
01.16.2017
Our memory is malleable. So much so that we can even create false memories. Insight into these mechanisms could help us find new ways to understand certain pathological disorders. Neurobiologist...
Slideshow
01.12.2017
As a gigantic 5000 square kilometer iceberg threatens to break away from the Antarctic peninsula, CNRS news takes a closer look at these mountains of ice adrift in the sea. Where do they come from,...
Article
01.10.2017
A previously unidentified type of ant trail has recently come to light: the longhorn crazy ant’s unique scent marks that help crews of coworkers carry a bulky load across obstacle-strewn territory. A...
Opinion
01.09.2017
While transhumanism seeks to transcend the biological limitations of the human body, robotics researcher Nathanaël Jarrassé advocates a realistic perception of prostheses, which do not transform...