Events 2014

Mois : December - November - October - September - August - July - June - April - April - March - February - January -


01/12/2014 - The CNRS recruits researchers in 2015

In 2015, the CNRS recruits researchers in all scientific disciplines. Please register online from December 1st, 2014 until January 6, 2015. more...





13/10/2014 - The October issue of CNRS International Magazine is now available

Could gas, the least polluting fossil fuel, perform the transition between the forthcoming exhaustion of oil and the slow development of renewable energy? Our special report makes an inventory of world reserves and new techniques to extract them, and investigates the biogas alternative. Also in this issue, looking at diseases from a Darwinian point of view; how advances in imaging techniques help elucidate the functioning of the brain; attention, a new economic commodity; a portrait of chemist Clément Sanchez, recipient of the 2014 Eni Protection of the Environment Prize; using Raman spectroscopy to analyze ancient works of art; a successful French-Chinese collaboration on landscape dynamics; analysis of trace elements in the North Atlantic through the GEOVIDE mission; and much more… more...

13/10/2014 - Snapshot: Filling the Gap

It is in the early 2000s that the strange fossils sold to tourists by a Moroccan villager triggered the interest of a paleontologist. Originating from Zagora, these findings were to rewrite a chapter of the evolution of life on Earth... more...

03/10/2014 - The CNRS 2013 annual report is now available

A year at the CNRS presents a selection of scientific results of high-level research carried out within our organization's laboratories, often in collaboration with our partners. This report also pays tribute to research teams, researchers, engineers and technicians, as well as national and international award recipients. more...







09/07/2014 - Film: For a few degrees more

The characteristics and quality of wine are closely linked to climate. Wine-growing areas may change as a result of present and future evolution. In the Val de Loire region, which has been a pilot site since 2007, Hervé Quénol and his team have set up a network of sensors and meteorological stations in vineyards. Their research aims to simulate future climate so as to provide wine growers with methods and grape varieties that are adapted to these changes… more...

09/07/2014 - Snapshot: Facsimile

"The artists in this cave had no qualms. They did not improvise and drew rapidly, which requires a lot of talent. The challenge therefore was to reflect this by recreating the gestures they had mastered..." more...

09/07/2014 - The July issue of the CNRS International Magazine is now available

2014 celebrates a science that has taken an important place in our daily lives in just 100 years: crystallography. How are crystal structures determined? How does this knowledge translate into applications? Our special report takes you to the amazing world of crystals, one of which, in particular, has magic properties: graphene. Other subjects include the presentation of the recipients of the 2014 CNRS Innovation Medal; the latest advances in tactile sensation through the screens of our tablets and smartphones; the manufacturing of tougher ceramics structured like mother-of-pearl; an expert view on the near future of HIV/AIDS therapy; a portrait of outstanding mathematician Laure Saint-Raymond; a guided tour in images of the Pierre Auger Observatory, a cosmic ray hunter based in the Argentine Pampas; an update on the plastic debris pollution that plague our seas and oceans; and much more… more...







22/04/2014 - Film: Insects, small-scale physics

At the Institut de Recherche de Biologie de l'Insecte (Insect Biology Research Institute), under the direction of Jérôme Casas, biologists, ecologists and mathematicians work on physical ecology. They’re interested in the solid and fluid mechanics of insect life. more...

22/04/2014 - Snapshot: Confocal Art. A picture seen in CNRS international magazine n°33

"These colorful shapes would not look out of place on the wall of a modern art museum. Yet they are actually fluorescence-labeled fission yeasts (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) observed under a confocal microscope..." more...

14/04/2014 - The April issue of the CNRS International Magazine is now avalable

When World War I broke out a century ago, no one expected it to last as long and kill so many. Our feature story describes the ongoing work by historians to try to understand its origins and consequences, and explains how, for the first time, scientists played an active role in the war effort. Other subjects include a highlight on black holes; a portrait of Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, the ERC's new president; new advances in cancer therapy; how nanoparticles could soon be used to glue biological tissues; an exploration of Australia's insect biodiversity; the major role that family farming, celebrated this year by the UN, plays in the global economy; a presentation of Beirut's Ifpo, an Institute devoted to ancient and modern history of the Middle-East; and much more… more...



14/03/2014 - Film: The Antilion, Wave Propagation in Sand

At the French Institute of Research on Insect Biology (IRBI), a team of researchers headed by Jérôme Casas is studying the mechanics of solids that enables the antlion to use a trap to attract and kill its prey. This insect larva digs a cone-shaped trap in dry sand and lurks at the bottom waiting for a prey, usually an ant, to fall in. The antlion is capable of detecting the sand grain displacement caused by the prey's movement as it tries to escape. It then throws loose sand at it to disorient and smother it. The apparent simplicity of the antlion's trap is an excellent model for elucidating the physical properties of sand. more...

13/03/2014 - Snapshot: Organized Chaos. A picture seen in CNRS international magazine n°32

"This seemingly dishevelled mop of hair actually shows the collision between two herds of colloidal particles capable of selfpropulsion..." more...





29/01/2014 - The Wood-Cricket, Wave Propagation in the Air

The wood-cricket lives in the leaf litter in our forests. It's just a few millimeters long, and moves by walking or jumping. On its own scale, the grass, leaves and dead branches in the undergrowth form an extremely complex three-dimensional universe. The cricket is often hunted by the Pardosa lugubris, or wolf spider, which attacks it by surprise, running on the ground. It's been discovered that the cricket can sense the faintest breath of air pushed by the spider during an attack. This sensitivity can sometimes save its life, an exploit that intrigues the scientists… more...

21/01/2014 - Gold Wires : a picture seen in CNRS international magazine n°31

"This is not a dazzling jeweller's creation, but it is gold nonetheless, in the form of nanoparticles encapsulated in a cholesteric liquid crystal..." more...

21/01/2014 - The January issue of the CNRS International Magazine is now avalable

Last September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first volume of its Fifth Assessment Report. How was it prepared? How do scientists conduct research on climate change? All you ever wanted to know on IPCC reports is featured in this issue's Focus. Other subjects include a stroll on Mars with the rover Curiosity ; the latestinventory of the Amazon rainforest ; a new program to study meningitis outbreaks in Africa ; a fruitful collaboration with Azerbaidjan on archaeology; an interview of Alain Tarrius on a phenomenon he calls transmigration ; and a lot more… more...