Since the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral on 15 April, many scientists have volunteered their expertise to aid in its restoration. We talked to Philippe Dillmann and Martine Regert, leaders of a CNRS task force in charge of coordinating the various research efforts and compiling the available data.
Computer science Long a simple physicist's idea, the quantum computer, which promises to revolutionise computing, is increasingly becoming a tangible reality. The first machines able to surpass traditional computers should appear in a few years.
Neuroscience Providing an overview of our knowledge of the brain and its illnesses, and describing some of the major challenges for neurosciences over the next twenty years, are the twin ambitions of the collective book Le Cerveau en lumiÃ¨res (Shedding Light on the Brain). An interview with Etienne Hirsch and...
Chemistry Whether they come from plants or animals, sugars are increasingly replacing petroleum-derived productsâ€”a success they owe to their striking properties. CNRS News takes a closer look at these surprising materials.
Paleoanthropology Discovered in the 1990s, Little Foot is the most complete skeleton of an Australopithecus ever unearthed. Research continues on this exceptional fossil as scientists reveal details about her cognitive abilities using a micro-tomographic scanner.
Chemistry For reasons that actually have little to do with their abundance, the problems linked to the supply of what are known as "rare" earths could slow the environmental transition. Chemistry can offer some solutions, as the specialist Michel Latroche explains.
Sociology Since 1981, the surveys conducted every ten years by the European Values Study programme have assessed the values and beliefs of Europeâ€™s citizens. To mark the launch of the book La France des Valeurs, a look at the latest trends in France.
Biology In 1927, the physicist Jean Perrin founded the Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology (IBPC), a multidisciplinary centre where scientists could dedicate themselves to their research full time. The first institution of its kind in France, it paved the way for the creation of the CNRS.