The recent discovery of broken stalagmites arranged in circles in the Bruniquel Cave (southwestern France) indicate that humans started occupying caves much earlier (more than 100 millennia) than previously thought. These man-made structures also rank among the very first in human history and traces of fire show that Neanderthals knew how to use it to navigate dark and enclosed spaces, well before Homo sapiens.
By making it possible to "surgically" act on DNA, the CRISPR-Cas9 system is not only revolutionizing genome editing techniques, it is paving the way for new and exciting ways to study the brain.
Unlike what most geneticists previously thought, the ancestor of modern-day dogs may not be a hundred percent Asian. Manâ€™s best friend could in fact be a cross between two genetic â€śrelatives,â€ť one that was domesticated in East Asia and the other in Western Europe.
Engineering More than 50 years after Nelson Mandelaâ€™s trial, the 230 hours of hearings have been digitized and returned to South Africaâ€”a challenge made possible by a device called the â€śArcheophone.â€ť
Medicine Winner of the startup contest at the 2016 Innorobo international forum in Paris, Axilum Roboticsâ€™ TMS-Robot is a huge step forward in magnetic brain-stimulation procedures, pointing to the promising introduction of robotics in the medical field.
Medicine Scientists are stretching the limits of new technology to develop innovative techniques to improve diagnosis of Alzheimerâ€™s disease, as well as provide care for the increasing number of sufferers.
Archaeology Whether it be temples, statues or artifacts, archaeological remains are irreplaceable testimonies of the past. Yet to those who know how to listen, other, rather unexpected witnesses such as... pollution have a story to tell.
History Seventy-one years after he disappeared in Budapest, the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from deportation by giving them Swedish papers, has been officially declared dead by the government of his country.
Marine biology The research vessel Tara sets off to the Pacific on a two-year mission to study coral reefs and assess the unprecedented threats from climate change on this fragile ecosystem, home to 30% of our oceans' biodiversity.
Anthropology Deep in the African equatorial forest, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon live in symbiosis with their environment. The anthropologist Laurent Maget joined them during mango harvest season. Depending on the seasons and needs, Pygmies practice hunting, fishing, and gathering.