FORMATION OF THE UNIVERSE: THE BIG COMPUTATION
For the first time ever, scientists have simulated how matter has evolved in the entire observable universe, from the Big Bang to the present day. At the Meudon observatory (France), Jean-Michel Alimi and his team are trying to understand how the universe was formed and what causes cosmic expansion, as part of the DEUS (Dark Energy Universe Simulation) FULL UNIVERSE programme...
It all began when an archaeologist specialising in Roman antiquity discovered the remains of perfume shops and, while going through them with a fine toothcomb, couldn’t help wondering whether perhaps the flasks might still contain traces of scent from the past...
Molecules from sunshine: The refinery of the future
The EuroBioRef project (European Multilevel Integrated Biorefinery Design for Sustainable Biomass Processing) coordinated by CNRS, France, deals with the entire process of transformation of biomass, from fields to final commercial products. It will involve 28 partners from 14 different countries into a highly collaborative work...
FOCUS - 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...
LIVE 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.
Last update:April 4, 2013