The last 20 years have witnessed a dramatic and unprecedented decline in bee populations. While intensive agriculture and the massive use of pesticides are believed to be the chief culprits, new practices among beekeepers also appear to be a contributing factor.
From nuclear power plants to prosthetic limbs, materials often need to withstand extreme environmental conditionsâ€”and not just in terms of temperatures, pressure, or stress. A new laboratory sets out to assess these materialsâ€™ resilience and develop newâ€”sometimes very surprisingâ€”solutions for our future.
Paintings and engravings show us what 18th century Paris looked like. But what did it sound like? A group of researchers has created an audioguide that revisits the stories of those whose livelyhoods depended on the Seine river. These historically accurate enhanced archives allow anyone to stroll through the bustling neighborhoods on the riverbanks. An audio journey through time...
Biology As Europe attempts to draw up the list of molecules that disrupt the action of thyroid hormones essential to brain development, a useful first measure would be to ensure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
Political science As America heads to the polls to elect its 45th President, we ask historian and United States specialist Romain Huret to review this past election year and the many challenges that the country faces after November 8th.
Astronomy Keenly awaited by the astronomy community, the ALMA interferometer observatory is expected to attain full capacity in 2018. Meanwhile, this exceptional instrument is already doing great science.
Engineering Using laboratory experiments and computer simulations, scientists are seeking to uncover the secrets of combustion. Their aim is to design engines that are less polluting and energy-hungry.
Biology DNA G-quadruplexes, recently demonstrated in human cells, are of great interest to biologists, chemists and physicians alike. But what exactly are they and why are researchers so keen to unravel their mysteries? We take a closer look at one of researchâ€™s hottest topics.
Metrology Time can now be measured with dizzying levels of precision, thanks in particular to contributions from the fields of optics and photonics. The quest for ultimate precision, however, is a long-term pursuit that is far from over.