As the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) continues in Poland, one particular issue is triggering much interest from scientists: the 4p1000 initiative. Behind this code name lies an intriguing initiative to take out CO2 from the atmosphere to store it in the first layers of soil.
Sheâ€™s the bossâ€”but why? A large-scale study of one-on-one conflicts between members of Tanzanian spotted-hyena communities, commonly dominated by female individuals, now presents empirical evidence that she-hyena authority comes down to family and social ties.
Award From atom adders to nanometric thermometers and antibiotic cages, a number of cutting-edge international projects were recognized during the Ă‰toiles de lâ€™Europe award ceremony. Each year this prize honors collaborative European research projects initiated in France.
Environment Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, demographic explosionâ€”West Africa is currently undergoing major changes that are due, among other factors, to globalization and climate change. The objective of Agir, now a Centre of Excellence for Africa, is to study these developments and help local populations...
Animal cognition Bees exhibit striking cognitive capacities in order to collect floral resources. However, pesticides, heavy metals, and other environmental stressors impair communication between neurons, thereby disturbing foraging activities and putting the entire colony at risk. A team of biologists takes an in-...
History Adopted on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 this year. How has the anti-human rights discourse become so prevalent today? Dominique Rousseau, director of the Paris Sorbonne university's Institute of Legal and Philosophical Sciences, takes us back to the origins...
bioengineering French scientists and doctors have used the peculiar phenomenon of the â€śphantom limbâ€ťâ€”a sensation that an amputated limb is still attachedâ€”to build a bionic arm controlled by the muscle contractions that amputees activate when they move their missing appendage.
Neuroscience Contrary to belief, it only takes a few seconds for a memory to form. Once recorded, it can be modified or made inaccessible, but it does not vanish. Pascale Gisquet-Verrier and David Riccio talk about their recent work, which revisits the dogma of memory consolidation.