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03.21.2017
The mathematician Yves Meyer has just been awarded the Abel prize, one of the discipline's highest distinctions, for his research on the theory of wavelets. We asked Albert Cohen, mathematician...
Opinion
03.20.2017
From Amazonia to Siberia, some human populations the world over communicate by whistling. More complex than it sounds, whistled speech intrigues linguists and neuroscientists alike. Linguist and bio-...
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...
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...