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01.11.2021
The archaeologist Stéphen Rostain gives his perspective on how 13,000 years of history have shaped how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the Amazon.
Opinion
12.21.2020
Loss of smell, one of the effects of Covid-19, has a real impact on people's social lives, who sometimes suffer from isolation or depression. Three specialists share their insight and call for...
Opinion
12.14.2020
In a new book, Luc Arrondel and Richard Duhautois, researchers at the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and the CNAM, respectively, tackle the issue of unequal pay between women and men in the world of...
Opinion
12.14.2020
In 2018, the biggest seismic tremor ever recorded in the region of Mayotte, a French territory in the Indian Ocean, triggered a gripping scientific investigation that resulted in the discovery that a...
10.19.2020
A magic device of sorts, the universal automatic translators of science fiction enable human and extra-terrestrial civilisations to communicate effortlessly and with no previous learning. Some...
Opinion
07.23.2020
The sociologist Michel Dubois expresses his views on the findings of a survey conducted in late May to assess the public’s perception of scientific research.
Opinion
05.05.2020
Are ethics and scientific integrity a luxury that can be foregone in a situation as critical as the current pandemic? Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, the chairman of the CNRS Ethics Committee (COMETS),...
04.19.2020
What would we do without them? Digital tools allow a majority of people under confinement to palliate the imposed seclusion, continue working or studying and find entertainment. At the same time, due...
Opinion
04.19.2020
With the Covid-19 pandemic, scientists are subjected to a barrage of sollicitations, calling upon them to address the population’s concerns and advise those in charge. Public trust seems to be...
Opinion
03.16.2020
Buildings inspired by plant architecture to better capture sunlight are the projects proposed by the brothers Teva Vernoux and Nicolas Vernoux-Thélot, a biologist and architect, respectively.
Opinion
01.24.2020
Despite the infinite diversity of life, a great many of the most important characteristics of living species, such as growth and metabolism, are governed by universal laws — but not as previously...