To mark the centenary of the birth of the French ethnologist and film-maker Jean Rouch, a series of events is being organized throughout France this year, with the support of prominent national and international institutions, such as Unesco. CNRS News takes this opportunity to look at the life and career of this precursor of "truthful cinema"—who was also a CNRS researcher.
A recent study has unlocked the code that allows the brain, using a surprisingly small number of neurons, to recognize any face. The discovery opens new perspectives for research, and could lead to applications in the therapeutic fields as well as forensic medicine. The neuroscientist Lucie Bard explains this breakthrough.
Far from the labs of the big cities, France boasts two scenic locations given over to scientific thinking and to the sharing of knowledge among physicists from around the world. CNRS News takes you to these gardens of knowledge. Your guide is physicist Bart van Tiggelen.
Biology Honeybees, like humans, rely on their sense of vision to explore their surroundings. New findings show that the insects can memorize visual cues not only below, but also above them, to make their way back to specific locations.
Biology Like all members of the dolphin family, pilot whales have a highly developed acoustic sense. But what of their sense of taste and smell? Can they perceive odors and flavors? What organs are involved? On board the Else, which belongs to the Asociacion de Naturalistas del Sureste (ANSE), the team of...