The origin of a volcanic eruption in the Middle Ages, one of the biggest in the last ten thousand years, had long remained a mystery. It was only in 2013 that a group of scientists would solve the puzzle, in an investigation unlike any other.
astrophysics On December 14, 2017, Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour received the CNRS Gold Medal, France's highest scientific distinction, during a ceremony at the CollÃ¨ge de France in Paris. Together, the two scientists contributed decisively to the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015.
Computer science Videos are now broadcast in very high definition, on devices ranging from large TV screens to smartphones. To keep up the pace, scientists are developing ultra-sophisticated image compression toolsâ€”such as those from a French laboratory working with Netflix.
Biology Will we one day be able to alleviate the effects of ageing and offset the deterioration of our body functions? The use of stem cells has made the regeneration of human tissues and organsâ€”which was the stuff of dreams a few decades agoâ€”a realistic goal, as explains the specialist, Pascal Sommer.
Biology An international research group has shown that todayâ€™s human activities are radically reshaping the way microbes circulate, with potential repercussions on the worldâ€™s ecosystems and inhabitants.
Environment Some 15,364 scientists from 184 countries signed a dire warning about the state of our planet in the journal BioScience. The French Ecologist Franck Courchamp, senior researcher at the CNRS, comments on this declaration, which has received unprecedented support.
Paleontology French geologists and paleontologists have uncovered and analyzed the worldâ€™s longest sauropod trackway: a trail of prints left by a gigantic dinosaur measuring at least 35 meters and weighing more than 35 tons.
Anthropology The art of the Neapolitan pizza maker, who twirls dough in the air, was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list this year. A well-deserved recognition for a food item that has conquered the world without becoming standardized. The CNRS anthropologist Sylvie Sanchez looks at the...
Prize Each year, the Stars of Europe competition rewards twelve French teams involved in European scientific collaborations. Among the 2017 laureates are three projects coordinated by CNRS researchers on climate science, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and green nanotech.