At present, all surgical and FFP2 face masks must be thrown away after a few hours of use. To offset the shortage of protective equipment, scientists, physicians and manufacturers are working together to explore ways to reuse them safely. Professor Philippe Cinquin provides an overview of the methods being tested by this consortium.
From his home in Montpellier (southern France), the philosopher Edgar Morin reaffirms his global vision of society. The coronavirus epidemic, he says, ought to improve our understanding of science and teach us how to live with uncertainty, ultimately recovering a form of humanism.
HeritageHow can Notre-Dame's stone, woodworks and stained glass be restored in the best possible manner? A large scientific collaboration bringing together more than 50 research teams has begun to study the iconic cathedral damaged by fire a year ago. A digital data team has also joined forces to create a digital backup of the edifice and develop tools that will collect all available information about it.
Research Virtually all of the 1,100 CNRS research and service units closed their doors on Monday 16 March, finding solutions to allow their personnel to work from home. Except for the laboratories conducting research on Covid-19, which continue to operate full-time, all units have implemented an Activity...
Sociology 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.
Sociology What would we do without them? Digital tools allow a majority of people under confinement to palliate the imposed seclusion, continue working or studying and find entertainment. At the same time, due to the accompanying upheaval in social relations, inequalities and instructions to carry on as...
Particle physics After ten years in operation, the CERN particle accelerator located on the border between France and Switzerland has reshaped the physics of elementary particles. It will restart in 2021 with even better-performing facilities.
Sociology of science With the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists are subjected to a barrage of sollicitations, calling upon them to address the populationâ€™s concerns and advise those in charge. Public trust seems to be stronger than ever, but the relations between science and society are much more complex than they seem....