Making sense of science
You are here

Recent Articles

Article
03.26.2018
Severely damaged by fire during the Second World War, the Chartres manuscripts, one of Europe's most important medieval collections, are now undergoing a vast restoration and digitization...
Article
03.21.2018
The song of skylarks, linnets and meadow pipits traditionally resonate across French farmlands. But for how much longer? Studies from long-term observatories paint an alarming picture: the...
Article
03.21.2018
Known for their use in flat screens, liquid crystals are also naturally present in both plants and animals. An essential tool in fundamental research, their study has opened up immense perspectives...
Article
03.12.2018
Vincent Bretagnolle is studying alternatives to intensive agriculture over an area of 450 square kilometers of farmland south of Niort, in western France. He told CNRS News how reduced reliance on...
03.09.2018
City centers tend to be hotter than the suburbs, but some heat up more than others. An international research team now shows that the spatial configuration of buildings determines how high a city’s...
Article
03.08.2018
The Mont Saint Michel was thought to have revealed all its secrets. Yet a group of historians and archaeologists, armed with the latest technologies, are taking advantage of a restoration project to...
09.28.2017
"Fake news"—from deceitful information to fake images—surfaces every time an event receives extensive media coverage. Social networks are attempting to find ways of controlling this...
Article
09.27.2017
Two CNRS Gold Medals are awarded this year to physicists Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour, whose research contributed to the first direct detection of gravitational waves. On the same day, the first...
Article
09.12.2017
In the 20 years since it left Earth for Saturn, the Cassini-Huygens mission has made remarkable discoveries, to the point of changing our entire understanding of the Solar System. Its spectacular end...
Article
09.06.2017
Music cannot be reduced to a combination of notes and rhythms that can trigger emotions. It is also a form of language likely to convey information. A new discipline, music semantics, focuses on this...
Article
08.28.2017
Far from immune to the effects of globalization, the oases of the world are changing. Whatever their many forms, water is always the determining element.
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...