Pharaoh Akhenaten imposed a single religion, based on the worship of the sun disk â€śAten,â€ť and built a new capital city, Amarna, using entirely new architectural techniques. For the first time, researchers were able to reproduce 3D models of some of its buildings.
With its probe scheduled to land on Mars on October 19th, ExoMars 2016 is the first of two European missions to investigate the Red Planetâ€™s atmosphere and find evidence of past life under its surface. Franck Montmessin, CNRS researcher and lead scientist on the missionâ€™s key instruments, explains the high stakes of this historical campaign.
Is the world we know only one of many possible alternatives? Pondering the numerous episodes that have repeated themselves during the history of life on Earth, biologist Virginie Orgogozo, CNRS senior researcher and Young Woman Scientist of the year 2014, explores the other paths that evolution might have taken.
Computer science Eating local is easier said than done. Farmers need to organize their production methods differently and remain cost-effective. Computer scientists are now trying to find better ways to manage these short supply chains to bring customers and producers together.
Physics Plasmas, the fourth state of matter, are usually found at temperatures of several million degrees. But there are also cold plasmas, which are already very much used in the semiconductor and lighting industries and are progressing quickly in the fields of medicine, air depollution, and space...
Mathematics The self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan remains today one of the fieldâ€™s greatest enigmas. Number theorist and 2014 Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava shares his insight on his legacy, the profound influence his work has had on himâ€”and the biopic starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
Robotics How do we lead a group of people through a crowd of thousands? Seemingly intuitive for humans, this task was just put to the test using a robot called SPENCER, whose objective is to help passengers make their connecting flights in one of the worldâ€™s busiest airports.
climatology Dust from the African deserts spreads across the globe, playing a complex, but important role on ecology and the planetâ€™s climate. New findings by a French-US team shed light on the underlying mechanisms that carried this dust in the past, and how these may change in the coming decades.
cognitive sciences If our five â€śclassicalâ€ť senses exist to help us sound our environment, our sixth sense has more to do with the inside of our body. In this video, discover the latest research on proprioception, the sense of balance, of relative position and of agility, which plays a fundamental role in all our...
Marine biology Plankton, which consists of microscopic organisms of plant or animal origin, comes in a wide variety of shapesâ€”each more surprising than the next. Biologist John Dolan, who studies this fascinating diversity, shares a few specimens seen under his microscope in samples from the Mediterranean Sea and...