On September 28th, the city of Palu in Indonesia was struck by a violent tsunami that claimed thousands of victims. An international team of scientists was dispatched on-site to better understand the dynamics of the devastating wave. Two French researchers, including the geoarcheologist Jean-Philippe Goiran, were part of the mission.
From French song writing to the mishaps of political parties, globalisation and secularism, the philosopher-sociologist Edgar Morin has turned his inquisitive mind to a wide range of topics. Yet even more noteworthy is his way of thinking, in which everything is interwoven. A conversation with the father of â€ścomplex thoughtâ€ťâ€¦
Chemistry HIV, obesity or Parkinsonâ€™s disease are all conditions that could be treated using complex carbohydrates. Inspired by these sugarsâ€”present on the surface of all cellsâ€”several research teams have developed a variety of strategies, as demonstrated in the context of six applications.
Art and science Nearly a thousand ornamented steles dot the Mongolian steppes. These â€śdeer stonesâ€ť were erected between 1200 and 800 BC, and are part of large funerary complexes built by nomads from the Karasuk culture or Deer stone civilisation.
Environment Biosphere 2, an immense scientific project born in the 1980s, is a miniature version of our planet recreated in the middle of the Arizona desert. Initially intended to prepare for stays on Mars or the moon, the prototype is now used to conduct environmental research and anticipate how ecosystems...
Biology The creators of the animated film "Finding Nemo" didn't tell us everything about the clownfish. From the role of its white stripes to its struggle for reproduction and hermaphroditism, there's much more to discover about this fascinating star of our coral reefs.
Sociology Social factors permeate our lives, even affecting the inner world of our dreams. Long a favoured field of examination in psychoanalysis, and more recently the neurosciences, the workings of the sleeping brain are now a focus of sociological analysis. The sociologist Bernard Lahire has authored a...
Physics chemistry Using extraordinarily detailed 3D images of the internal structure of kerogenâ€”the organic matter in source rocks from which fossil fuels are extractedâ€”a French-American team demonstrates that the size and connectivity of its pores will determine a depositâ€™s mining potential.
Technology In a recently-published essay entitled "The Third Brain,â€ť the researcher Pierre-Marc de Biasi alerts us to our increasing dependency on the smartphone, an "intrusive, manipulative and addictive" device.