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As a gigantic 5000 square kilometer iceberg threatens to break away from the Antarctic peninsula, CNRS news takes a closer look at these mountains of ice adrift in the sea. Where do they come from, why do they float and what are they made of?
Neurology Our memory is malleable. So much so that we can even create false memories. Insight into these mechanisms could help us find new ways to understand certain pathological disorders. Neurobiologist Pascal Roullet, scientific adviser to a recently-aired documentary on the subject, explains.
Mathematics However objective they may seem, the figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. The mathematician Leila Schneps explains the phenomenon.
History Far from the romanticized image created since the 18th century by writers like Defoe and Stevenson, and perpetuated by Hollywood to this day, the actual history of the pirates and privateers, with whom they are too often confused, is much more complex. Gilbert Buti and Philippe Hrodej, historians...
Animal Biology An expedition to the Kisangani region, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has yielded surprising findings about a supposedly very rare bat species, the pied butterfly bat, whose black fur with white markings is remarkably reminiscent of the panda's. The results of the study have just been...
Neuroscience We are increasingly relying on digital devices to record information in our place. While such use of digital technologies might free up our brain to focus on other tasks, is there not a long-term risk of memory deterioration? We asked a specialist in the field.
Biology A previously unidentified type of ant trail has recently come to light: the longhorn crazy antâ€™s unique scent marks that help crews of coworkers carry a bulky load across obstacle-strewn territory. A combined feat of collaboration, coordinationâ€¦ and chance.