Polar auroras are fascinating events that are regularly visible on Earth. Yet do they occur on other planets, such as Mars for example? And if so, how can they be observed? In this report, broadcast in partnership with the French daily Le Monde, scientists tracking these auroras have discovered another phenomenon that had never been described on the Red Planet so far.
Robots measuring a few dozen micrometres are now capable of grasping, pushing, and even “feeling” cells! These astounding micromachines, designed at the French Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics, are already part of biomedical application projects.
When adapting the IPCC's method for estimating global warming to the situation in France, scientists have found that the temperatures that can be expected in the country by the end of the century should be higher than thought. They could increase by as much as 3.8 °C by 2100, compared with the early 20th century, even in conditions of moderate greenhouse gas emissions.
EnvironmentElephants, crocodiles, hippopotami… In Botswana, the Okavango delta is a real paradise for the local fauna during the flood, which lasts several months a year. In this documentary, published in collaboration with LeMonde.fr, a team of French...
Biology For the past ten years or so, biologists have been cultivating miniature versions of our organs in vitro. By imitating their structure and functions, these so-called organoids open the way to numerous applications, including drug testing, personalised medicine or improvements to cell therapy.
Computer science The combination of all the options offered by a software program can reach mind-boggling numbers, with several thousand digits. Research has developed tools to manage this variability as best as possible.
Interview For more than a century, France has had a tradition of offering asylum to researchers who are forced to flee their home countries, as is the case in Ukraine today. Pascale Laborier of the PAUSE national emergency asylum programme for scientists and artists in exile, who has organised an exhibition...
Geopolitics A set of economic and commercial goals, dubbed the “New Silk Road”, is one of China’s flagship development projects. CNRS News takes an analytical look at a network that is more complex and less unilateral in practice than one might think.