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12.22.2019
Who invented the Dothraki spoken by Daenerys in Game of Thrones? What linguistic theory is the basis for the language spoken by the extra-terrestrials in the film Arrival? Frédéric Landragin, author...
11.12.2019
Alexa and Google Home Assistant are just a first step. Since voice is not enough on its own, scientists are working to create virtual beings that can communicate through gestures and facial...
Opinion
10.23.2019
Distrust of certain vaccines may reflect much broader problems, such as confidence in the French healthcare system. That is the view of the sociologist Jeremy Ward, who has looked at the reasons for...
Opinion
10.04.2019
The geographer Ludivine Eloy offers her interpretation of the intensifying fires in Amazonia, and identifies avenues for combatting the deforestation that is weakening the world’s largest forest.
Opinion
09.18.2019
In April 2019, the European Parliament passed new legislation providing greater protection for whistleblowers. What will be the concrete effects of this law called for by the UN and European civil...
Opinion
08.06.2019
The new Jean-Zay supercomputer at the CNRS Institute for Development and Resources in Intensive Scientific Computing (IDRIS) is one of the instruments financed for the benefit of French researchers....
Opinion
07.23.2019
They have been on Earth for 174 million years. Geneticist François Parcy explains how flowers teach us about the past, but also provide keys for our future and the climactic upheaval to come.
Opinion
06.27.2019
Frédéric Épaud, a specialist on medieval frameworks, discusses the falsehoods that circulated after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame on April 15.
Opinion
06.06.2019
For reasons that actually have little to do with their abundance, the problems linked to the supply of what are known as "rare" earths could slow the environmental transition. Chemistry can...
Opinion
05.14.2019
Artificial intelligence algorithms are often seen as "black boxes" whose rules remain inaccessible. We must therefore create a new scientific discipline to understand the behaviour of the...