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Opinion
11.29.2016
We all know that our bodies deteriorate as we get older. By trying to understand why, scientists are hoping that they may eventually be able to slow down, or even stop, this process.
Opinion
11.17.2016
Astatine is one of the rarest chemical elements on Earth, and one of the most unstable. Nevertheless, it is of considerable interest to medical research as it could help destroy cancerous tumors that...
Opinion
10.27.2016
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...
Opinion
10.24.2016
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...
Opinion
09.29.2016
The recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence have been impressive, as illustrated by the AlphaGo program's victory over world Go Champion Lee Se-dol. Yet there are still areas...
Opinion
09.26.2016
Today, researchers are still primarily evaluated on their contributions to articles published in scientific journals. But what is the real value of such contributions when there are several dozen or...
Opinion
06.16.2016
In nature, females are generally more involved in parental care than males, but this situation is far from universal. Biologist Frank Cézilly shares the findings of a recent survey on paternal...
Opinion
06.10.2016
A few months after the first detection of gravitational waves, the success of the Lisa Pathfinder mission paves the way for an ambitious space project that will make it possible to observe the...
Opinion
06.06.2016
Why not use organic waste from domestic refuse to make tomorrow's cosmetics and plastics? Ongoing research by chemistry labs in this area could turn biomass into a plausible alternative to...
Opinion
03.31.2016
Is the world we know only one of many possible alternatives? Pondering the numerous episodes that have repeated themselves during the history of life on Earth, biologist Virginie Orgogozo, CNRS...
Opinion
03.07.2016
A computer recently beat a professional Go player for the first time, but will it measure up against the world's best player this week? Experts Marie-Liesse Cauwet and Olivier Teytaud give their...
02.15.2016
Infectious diseases are today the second leading cause of death in the world, with new viruses constantly emerging (such as A/H1N1 influenza, MERS-CoV, Ebola, etc). To combat them more effectively,...