Sifting Stardust Whether it's comet particles brought back by the Stardust probe or tiny fragments of flint 3.5 billion years old, in the Extraterrestrial Materials Research Laboratory (LEME),(1) dust is a hot (...)
Neuroglia : An Underestimated Partner Traditionally viewed as ordinary caretakers, but often overshadowed by neurons, glial cells are now acquiring the status of active partners in brain signaling. A new CNRS-INSERM study shows they can (...)
Heavy Metal Planets Using the latest techniques, CNRS researchers observed a correlation between the metallicity of Pegasids and that of their parent star. A result that challenges our current model of planet formation.
Palm Trees : So Close, yet so Different A team from Montpellier has demonstrated different courses of evolution among palm trees in geographic proximity. This example of speciation provides support for a long-contested theory.
Nuclear Architecture and Gene Expression New and exciting things are happening in the field of gene expression: Two research teams have demonstrated the importance of spatial organization in the regulation of gene expression.
Quinoa, a Success Worth Cultivating Although the nutritious plant quinoa has become Bolivia's most popular crop choice in recent years, it continues to raise a number of ecological and social issues. French researchers have been (...)
Wendelin Werner : Mathematics of Randomness At 38, Werner was just awarded the Fields Medal for his entire work on random phenomena. This is the first time that the highly coveted mathematics prize is awarded to a probabilist.