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Thomas Ebbesen: Shedding Light on Light
On July 3, the CNRS Gold Medal was awarded to Thomas Ebbesen. We look back at the exceptional career of this specialist of light.
A World Without Work: Six Scenarios
Machines will one day be able to carry out all tasks currently performed by humans. We asked the economist Gilles Saint-Paul to describe six possible futures for the 22nd century.
On the Sources of Secularism in France
In English the word is ‘secular,’ but the French equivalent ‘laïque,’ which features prominently in the opening paragraph of the French constitution has a different meaning to the French today. The...
Debunking the Tragedy of the Commons
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...
Nero’s Rotating Dining Room
A Historical Treasure Bordering Ancient Mesopotamia
Being gay or lesbian under Nazi rule
What Makes our Continents Dance?
Bouncing Lasers off the Moon
Thomas Ebbesen: "I Feel like an Explorer"