The winner of many prestigious prizes, Claire Voisin has received the 2016 CNRS Gold Medal, Franceâ€™s highest scientific distinction, for her research in complex algebraic geometry. This â€śmathematical artistâ€ť was given the award at a ceremony held on December 14.
Terrorism, the rise of nationalism, migratory flows... Many of Shakespeare's plays directly address issues that would not be out of place in contemporary Europe. "New Faces," a research program entirely dedicated to drawing and understanding these parrallels was launched in 2016 for the 400th anniversary of the poet's death. Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, a Shakespeare specialist who initiated the project, explains its scope.
Following up on their earlier revelation that blobs of slime mold possess previously unsuspected learning capacities, a group of French scientists now go on to show how readily blobs share what they learn with one another.
Environment For the first time, a complete report on methane emissions has been published. After stabilizing in the early 2000s, methane concentrations in the atmosphere began to increase again in 2007, rising sharply since 2014. An explanation by researcher Marielle Saunois, a specialist in atmospheric...
Computer science When looking at data protection protocols, even the most robust encryption can be breached if the other elements of the protocol are weak. Just one of many issues addressed during a CNRS cybersecurity conference held December 8-9 in Paris.
Biology Sleep is a loss of time andâ€”at least for wild animalsâ€”increases the risk of being attacked and eaten. So why has evolution perpetuated this function? According to the biologist Paul-Antoine Libourel, reptiles and amphibians hold the key to this mystery.
Biology Breathing, running, eating, urinating, singing or giving birth are all actions that mobilize our elasticity. How can we preserve this essential capacity of organs and tissues to return to their original shape after being deformed? The biologist Pascal Sommer sheds light on this topic, which was the...
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.
Physics Apart from creating the pleasant feeling on our tongues, Champagne's effervescence plays a key role in the release of aromas into the air. A team of researchers in France have studied the physics of Champagne's tiny gas bubbles.
Communication How does hate spread online? A large-scale investigation of online violence and propaganda and their effect on young people is currently being led by Catherine Blaya, a professor of educational sciences and the president of the International Observatory of Violence in School (IOVS).