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© CNRS Photothèque  /  Pascal DISDIERPROFILE - Jules Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate and CNRS Gold Medalist

December 2011 was a busy month for Jules Hoffmann. On the 10th, the biologist traveled to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine that he was awarded jointly with Bruce Beutler (US) and Ralph M. Steinman (Canada).Three days later, he was in Paris to receive the CNRS Gold Medal, France’s most prestigious scientific distinction...

The article (January 2012) The photo report


© CNRS Photothèque  /  Hervé THERYFOCUS - Forests under Threat

There is now unequivocal evidence: if deforestation continues at current rates, natural forest may vanish from the surface of the globe within 30 years. This will affect humanity as a whole: not only do forests provide extraordinary resources, they also play a key role in regulating the world’s climate and in biodiversity conservation. Fortunately, there are solutions to protect them, both locally and worldwide. As 2011, declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations, draws to a close, CNRS International Magazine investigates the causes of this unprecedented threat and its potential remedies.

The article (January 2012) The photo report


© CNRS Photothèque  /  Cyril FRESILLONLIVE FROM THE LABS - Seeing through a Revolution

Medical imaging has revolutionized medicine, making it possible not only to detect abnormalities, but in some cases, to also treat them.

It has been one of the most farreaching revolutions in the history of medicine. What started in the late 19th century with the advent of X-ray technology is still going strong today. With 70 million procedures in France each year, medical imaging is far from having reached its limits...

The article (January 2012) The photo report


© CNRS Photothèque/MNHN  /  Peter ENHANCERIN IMAGES - Life Before the Dinosaurs

France's Burgundy region is well known for its wines. Yet it has another claim to fame: its fossils, dating back to the Permian Period, some 300 million years ago, fascinate paleontologists...

The article (Oct. 2011) The photo report



© CNRS Photothèque/OHM  /  Axel DUCOURNEAULIVE FROM THE LAB - The Green Wall of Africa

It's late May in northeastern Senegal, the height of the dry season. We are standing in front of an 800-hectare plot of bushland, surrounded by a fence and dotted with small shrubs just a few decimeters tall. This is one of the first "building blocks" of the Great Green Wall...

The article (Oct. 2011) The photo album



© CNRS Photothèque / Cyril FRESILLONINNOVATION - Automated Psychiatric Treatment

A new technological gem could revolutionize the treatment of medication-resistant schizophrenia and depression...

The article (Oct. 2011) The photo report




© CNRS Photothèque / François VRIGNAUDINNOVATION - High-quality Printed Electronic Components

The Limoges-based start-up CERADROP uses the same concept as ink-jet printers to manufacture electronic components...

The article (Oct. 2011) The photo report




© CNRS Photothèque/IRD / Erwan AMICENETWORKS - Promising Research in France's Overseas Territories

Lush forests, heavenly lagoons, or barren icy landscapes... France's overseas territories are not only ideal destinations for holidays or adventure: they also represent life-size laboratories whose incomparable biodiversity keeps watch over global change, and where the effects of human activity, for better or for worse, rarely go unnoticed...

The article (Oct. 2011) The photo report


© CNRS Photothèque / Jean-Marc FADAYIN THE NEWS - Neutrinos: Faster then Light?

On September 23, the astounding news broke out: researchers had clocked neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light...

Press Release "Faster than Light?" The photo report

The article (Oct. 2011)


© CNRS Photothèque  /  Julien BobroffFOCUS - Current Trends in Supraconductivity

When cooled down to extremely low temperatures, certain materials take on an amazing property: they become superconductors. Superconductivity, one of the rare cases where quantum physics is observed on a macroscopic scale, is currently the subject of considerable research. In laboratories around the world, scientists are striving to understand its causes, studying and looking for new superconducting materials, exploring the phenomenon at the nanometer scale, and seeking out new applications. To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its discovery, CNRS International magazine surveys the latest research into one of today’s most promising technologies...

The article (July 2011) The photo album

"100% Conductive: Superconductors" and "8th April 1911, The Coldest Day…"


© CNRS Photothèque  / Quentin BenardA Life-Size Ecology Testing Facility

In southwestern France, the Métatron will allow large-scale experiments on the movements of species as a function of their environment. t’s the only instrument of its kind in the world. This monumental 4-hectare installation in the town of Caumont (Ariège region), comprises 48 cages of 100 m2 each, connected by 76 corridors, each 20 meters long. This complex of steel, nets, and plastic, which became fully operational in May this year, is called the Métatron. Its objective is to allow ecology experts to conduct fullscale experiments on populations of terrestrial species and observe the migration of individuals from one area to another in reaction to variations in their environment...

The article (July 2011) The photo album


© CNRS Photothèque  / Thomas Vignaud40 Years of CRIOBE Research

Since its creation in 1971, CRIOBE, the environmental center located on Moorea island (French Polynesia), has become a major scientific stakeholder with a worldwide reputation. It annually awards over 100 postgraduate degrees, produces approximately 160 impact studies on the Polynesian environment, hosts some 220 visiting scientists from across the world, and issues 1200 scientific publications. On June 24, this research unit celebrated its 40th anniversary on site...

The article (July 2011) The photo album






© CNRS Photothèque  / Jérôme ChatinFOCUS - The Math Behind it All

Mathematics permeates all scientific disciplines. While it has long been used to unravel the mysteries of physics, it is just as valuable for studying biodiversity, modeling epidemics, understanding the mechanisms of the brain, or uncovering the secrets of our planet. CNRS International Magazine investigates a discipline at the heart of science.

The article (April 2011) The photo album


Enhanced Microscope Resolution

This is a long-awaited improvement in microscopy: 3D images that are as precise in all three dimensions of space. A team from the Institut Fresnel in Marseille has recently managed to triple depth resolution, a dimension that has until now lagged behind in terms of precision.

The article (April 2011) The photo album



© CNRS Photothèque  / Christophe LebedinskyFOCUS - The Future of Computing Science

Information technology has revolutionized all facets of communications, from the personal computer to the latest and trendiest smart phones. Yet it has also given a radical boost to research, lending scientists enormous amounts of computing power to locate distant galaxies, devise climate models, sequence the human genome, or model our organs. And this is still only the beginning. Research laboratories around the world are busy developing a new Internet that will also connect billions of objects together, inventing powerful data processing technologies, and edging closer to the muchawaited quantum computers. CNRS International Magazine reports on the latest bytes, bits, and qubits that make up the bright future of one of the fastest growing fields in science...

The article (January 2011) The photo album


© CNRS Photothèque  / Hubert RaguetUnearthing Anatolia'sAncient Civilization

In turkey, French archeologists are busy excavating the remains of the city of Xanthos and its principal sanctuary, the letoon. the 2010 campaign has been highly productive, with a number of discoveries confirming the prosperity of this iconic site of lycian civilization.

The article (January 2011) The photo album



© CNRS Photothèque  / Abderrazak El Albani, Arnaud MazurierDiscovery of a complex, multicellular life from over two billion years ago

The discovery in Gabon of more than 250 fossils in an excellent state of conservation has provided proof, for the first time, of the existence of multicellular organisms 2.1 billion years ago. This finding represents a major breakthrough: until now, the first complex life forms (made up of several cells) dated from around 600 million years ago. These new fossils, of various shapes and sizes, imply that the origin of organized life is a lot older than is generally admitted, thus challenging current knowledge on the beginning of life...

The press release (June 30, 2010) The photo album


© CNRS Photothèque  / Hubert RaguetLargest dinosaur footprints ever found discovered near Lyon, France

Footprints from sauropod dinosaurs, giant herbivores with long necks, were found in Plagne, near Lyon, France. Discovered by Marie-Hélène Marcaud and Patrice Landry, two nature enthusiasts, the dinosaur footprints have been authenticated by Jean-Michel Mazin and Pierre Hantzpergue, both of the Paléoenvironnements et Paléobiosphères laboratory (CNRS / Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1). According to the researchers' initial analyses, these dinosaur footprints are the largest found to date. Furthermore, the tracks spread over dozens and possibly even hundreds of meters.

The press release (October 6, 2009) The photo album


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