A group of researchers is set to promote the use of CO2 detectors in classrooms, cafeterias, offices, factories and other enclosed spaces. Their goal is to improve indoor ventilation to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
Sociology While 10 May marks the commemoration of Franceâ€™s abolition of slavery in 1848, more than 170 years on, this tragic phenomenon remains a reality. The number of victims worldwide, in the form of forced labour, forced criminality or sexual exploitation, is thought to exceed 40 million. In France,...
Chemistry Because viruses can only replicate their genetic material by hijacking cell machinery, focusing on this crucial step may halt the infection. Scientists are collaborating within the GAVO project to synthesise molecules that could block the replication of RNA viruses such as Covid-19.
Bioinformatics Bioinformaticsâ€”a relatively new scientific disciplineâ€”uses models and algorithms to analyse the avalanche of data produced by biologists. It has played a crucial role in deciphering the origin and functioning of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Archaeology Did the former presence of huge bat colonies in the caves of southern France have an impact on palaeolithic rock art? This is the hypothesis put forward by the geoarchaeologist Laurent Bruxelles, who highlights the spectacular alterations made by these animals to the appearance of cavities.
History It was nearly 40 years ago: in October 1981, a few months after the election of FranĂ§ois Mitterrand as President of the Republic, capital punishment was abolished in France. CNRS News looks back at a long and turbulent struggle that fuelled the political and public debate for centuries.