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Opinion
02.07.2017
In a recent book, Marc Boulay and Sébastien Steyer set themselves quite a challenge: that of imagining what animals will be like in 10 million years' time. Steyer, a paleontologist, outlines the...
Opinion
01.09.2017
While transhumanism seeks to transcend the biological limitations of the human body, robotics researcher Nathanaël Jarrassé advocates a realistic perception of prostheses, which do not transform...
Opinion
12.26.2016
Sleep is a loss of time and—at least for wild animals—increases the risk of being attacked and eaten. So why has evolution perpetuated this function? According to the biologist Paul-Antoine Libourel...
Opinion
12.16.2016
Breathing, running, eating, urinating, singing or giving birth are all actions that mobilize our elasticity. How can we preserve this essential capacity of organs and tissues to return to their...
12.08.2016
When looking at data protection protocols, even the most robust encryption can be breached if the other elements of the protocol are weak. Just one of many issues addressed during a CNRS...
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
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
09.09.2016
Cancer does not affect all our organs in the same way. To understand this phenomenon, a new approach consists in considering each part of the body as an ecosystem. Frederic Thomas, co-author of a...
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...