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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
01.05.2018
Common ownership of a resource causes its demise. This was what a biologist had concluded in a 1968 paper published in Science. His article, "The Tragedy of the Commons" has shaped the...
11.07.2017
When a car accident is unavoidable, is it better to sacrifice the lives of passengers or pedestrians? It is on this type of moral dilemmas that the "Moral Machine" simulator developed by...
Opinion
09.04.2017
Could it be that the difficulties experienced by boys in secondary school originate from the conflicting messages they receive for the construction of their masculine identity?
Opinion
08.06.2017
Even the most rational among us make their decisions... at random! The neurobiologist Thomas Boraud explains why in this column.
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...