Every single piece of debris from the Notre-Dame blaze is being collected by scientists. Working in coordination with rope access technicians and mini-excavators, a team of researchers are hard at work recovering the charred beams, hoping to unveil the secrets they hold. Last summer, CNRS News caught up with them at the cathedral site to see how they were getting on.
An archaeologist and historian who specialises in Africa, FranĂ§ois-Xavier Fauvelle wages a tireless battle against the prejudices concerning that continent. Recently elected professor at the CollĂ¨ge de France, he will take the opportunity of his inaugural lecture in October to challenge the prevailing perceptions of African history. As he explains in this interviewâ€¦
To study neutrinos, some the most elusive particles known to physics, an international team of researchers and engineers are building an ambitious detector called KM3NeT at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
Oceanography The conclusions of the latest IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate change on the oceans are devastating. CNRS News talks about the specifics with Jean-Pierre Gattuso, an oceanographer at the CNRS and co-author of the Report.
Medicine Distrust of certain vaccines may reflect much broader problems, such as confidence in the French healthcare system. That is the view of the sociologist Jeremy Ward, who has looked at the reasons for French reluctance, which needs to be differentiated from diehard anti-vaccine movements.
Anthropology The sixth edition of the Haizebegi festival, dedicated to the â€śworlds of musicâ€ť and the social sciences, recently took place in Bayonne. For its director, the anthropologist Denis Laborde, studying musical works and ways of playing music sheds crucial light on social relations.
Computer science French research has just equipped itself with a new supercomputer called Jean Zay, one of the most powerful in Europe. What will this supercomputer change? How are France and Europe positioning themselves in the global landscape? Scientific and geopolitical context is provided by Jamal Atif, the...
Geography The geographer Ludivine Eloy offers her interpretation of the intensifying fires in Amazonia, and identifies avenues for combatting the deforestation that is weakening the worldâ€™s largest forest.
Anthropology From industrial adhesives inspired by gecko feet to traditional dances imitating the movements of animals, humans have drawn an infinite number of ideas from nature. This biomimicry often reveals fascinating social mechanisms. A discussion with anthropologists Perig Pitrou and Lauren Kamili, who...
Engineering Whether they track animal populations, monitor air quality, or optimise our energy consumption, sensors are increasingly being used to study the environment. A great deal of research has been conducted to improve their sensitivity, independence, and communication.