The CNRS celebrated is 80th anniversary on 26 November in Paris, with an international symposium and an extraordinary ceremony for the 2019 Gold Medalâ€”awarded to the physical chemist Thomas Ebbesenâ€”in the presence of the French President, several ministers, as well as French and international research representatives.
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic moonwalk, scientific instruments deployed on the Moon's surface continue to supply valuable data to scientists. Using these reflectors still in place on the Moon's surface, a team of researchers and engineers in France measure the Earth-Moon distance with millimetric precision.
Creating a Google Earth of sorts for the cathedral of Paris, that is the ambitious project of a team of researchers. Their objective is clear: to gather all past and future knowledge about the structure within a collaborative platform.
Physics chemistry On Tuesday November 26, Thomas Ebbesen was awarded the CNRS Gold Medal, one of France's highest scientific distinctions. The author of several groundbreaking discoveries, the French-Norwegian physical-chemist discusses his current research into uncovering the secrets of matter.
Geophysics What forces move the tectonic plates of the Earth's surface? A team of geophysicists drawn primarily from two CNRS laboratories used a 3D simulation of our planet to answer this 50-year-old question.
Archaeology In the year 79 CE, the eruption of Vesuvius froze the life of Pompeii in one brief instant. Nearly two thousand years later, archaeologists are trying to reconstruct the cityâ€™s history and activity. One of them is Laetitia Cavassa, who is conducting a study on Pompeiiâ€™s potters. She recounts her...
nanoscience About 90% of the digital information that exists today was created in the past two years. Finding new materials able to capture this expanding digital worldâ€”and that are less energy-hungryâ€”has become a priority for many research laboratories around the world. The Jean Lamour Institute in the East...
Robotics Alexa and Google Home Assistant are just a first step. Since voice is not enough on its own, scientists are working to create virtual beings that can communicate through gestures and facial expressions as well. This is far from an easy task, as Justine Cassell and Catherine Pelachaud explain.
Chemistry What if we could power our vehicles with metal powder? Aluminium and magnesium have the same energy density as fossil fuels and the wasteâ€”metal oxydesâ€”can be recycled with concentrated solar energy.
Glaciology What impact does climate change have on Himalayan glaciers? Over the last ten years, an international team of scientists has studied the gradual evolution of glaciers in Nepal, a phenomenon that could threaten local populations. This year, part of the team will once again be on site to continue...