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Opinion
02.13.2018
Do we really only use 10% of our brains? Although many people believe it, there is absolutely no scientific evidence backing this claim. So why is neuroscience often prone to misinterpretation?
Opinion
02.02.2018
Why does a disease affect one gender more than the other? Why is autism misdiagnosed in women? Sociologist Mathieu Arbogast, project manager at the CNRS's Mission for Women's Integration,...
Opinion
12.14.2017
Will we one day be able to alleviate the effects of ageing and offset the deterioration of our body functions? The use of stem cells has made the regeneration of human tissues and organs—which was...
Opinion
09.20.2017
In cetaceans—unlike in other mammals—breathing is a voluntary action that involves returning regularly to the surface. Sperm whales take naps in vertical position, and when dolphins sleep, half of...
Opinion
09.15.2017
Although it was named a mere twenty years ago, the last common ancestor of all living organisms on Earth is more than three billion years old. And scientists have an ever-better idea of what it may...
Opinion
08.29.2017
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...
07.18.2017
Fake reviews on the Web are far more widespread than we think. Andreas Munzel, a specialist in online-user review analysis, deciphers this type of fraudulent practice.
Opinion
07.14.2017
The demonstration of intestinal parasites in World War I soldiers provides additional evidence of the horror of these men’s daily lives. This discovery was possible thanks to an emerging discipline,...
Opinion
07.04.2017
A recent study reveals that these large mammals, known for their legendary memory, only have short phases of sleep. This surprising discovery could give rise to new strategies for combating insomnia.
Opinion
07.03.2017
Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment in quantum mechanics, points to the possibility of parallel universes. Physicist Aurélien Barrau believes that one day, it will be possible to devise...
06.27.2017
Can treats from the bakery be an aid to understanding physics? In any case, it is the approach taken by the Nobel Committee to shed light on the work of the three winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in...
Opinion
06.16.2017
From engines to landing gear, science is present everywhere on board an aircraft. Following last month's Paris Air Show, here is a quick overview of recent advances, arising in particular from...