Making the Best of Polymers In Pessac, near Bordeaux, chemists are using both their imagination and inspiration from nature to produce new polymers with original new functions. From synthesis to analysis, a visit to the Organic (...)
Turning Water into Stone What are the physical properties of confined liquids only a few nanometers thick? Well, they might not be liquids at all... A team of CNRS physicists is breaking new ground in the understanding of (...)
Overcoming the Limit in Liquid Crystals It is well known that cholesteric liquid crystals never reflect more than 50% of ambient light. CNRS researchers(1) have recently discovered a way to push this limit up to 80%.
How to Counter Resistance at the Root The exchange of genetic material between bacteria is partly what enables them to develop new resistance to antibiotics. Researchers at the Pasteur Institute and CNRS reveal the importance of the 3D (...)
A Gene to Orchestrate Organ Distribution CNRS researchers have identified a gene fundamental for the establishment of right/left asymmetry in fruit flies. This discovery could shed more light on the development of human malformations and (...)
Three New Middleweight Exoplanets Found A team of European astronomers(1) has discovered a new solar system around a nearby star that contains three Neptune-sized planets. The outermost planet in this system is the first Earth-like planet (...)
New Twists in Spider Silk Why does a spider rappelling from its silk remain motionless, rarely twisting or swinging? A recent CNRS study indicates that this could be due to the breaking and reformation of “sacrificial bonds.”
La Soufrière, Model Volcano In Guadeloupe, CNRS researchers are putting La Soufrière volcano through its paces with numerous measurement devices. Their objective is to obtain a maximum amount of data to design the first digital (...)
Thomas Piketty : The Economics of Inequality Which economic policies combat social inequality? What is the optimum class size for scholastic success? CNRS bronze medal winner Thomas Piketty believes that there's proof in numbers.