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Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour, 2017 CNRS Gold Medalists

September 2017 - Two CNRS Gold Medals are awarded this year to physicists Alain Brillet and Thibault Damour, whose research contributed to the first direct detection of gravitational waves. On the same day, the first joint observation by the LIGO and Advanced Virgo detectors was announced, thus confirming the European instrument’s operational status.
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The "Hanging Gardens" of Physics

July 2017 - Far from the labs of the big cities, France boasts two scenic locations given over to scientific thinking and to the sharing of knowledge among physicists from around the world. CNRS News takes you to these gardens of knowledge. Your guide is physicist Bart van Tiggelen.
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Within the Kingdom of Lights

June 2017 - The Kastler-Brossel Laboratory is a ‘factory’ for Nobel Laureates, with more than its fair share of physicists well known for monumental discoveries. Following in the footsteps of Alfred Kastler, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and Serge Haroche, awarded the Nobel Prize respectively in 1966, 1997 and 2012, young researchers at this institution are paving the way for new experimental methods to push the boundaries of physics.
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Graphene Inspires Promising New Materials

May 2017 - The first material of its kind, with a thickness of just one atom, graphene has opened the way to the development of other ultra-thin substances. Now being produced and studied in the laboratory, these new materials could find a wide range of applications in electronics and optics.
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Welcome to the World’s Smallest Car Race

April 2017 - The world’s first molecule-car race—the Nanocar Race—was held on 28-29 April at the CEMES in Toulouse and was broadcast live on YouTube. We met Christian Joachim, senior researcher at the CNRS and organizer of this historic event.
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The New Challenges of Spintronics

January 2017 - Spintronics, which uses both the electrical and magnetic properties of electrons, has greatly increased the storage capacity of hard drives since the 1990s. Today it opens up new avenues for the future of information technology.
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An Immeasurable Quest for Precision

October 2016 - Time can now be measured with dizzying levels of precision, thanks in particular to contributions from the fields of optics and photonics. The quest for ultimate precision, however, is a long-term pursuit that is far from over.
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Rock Stars

August 2016 - A new book by physicist Jean-Claude Boulliard traces the ins and outs of different mineral families, each more surprising than the next. Bridging the worlds of science and art is a surprising feat, as these intriguing shapes and mesmerizing colors will attest.
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The Smallest Car Race in the World

May 2016 - The first-ever international race of molecule-cars will take place at the CEMES laboratory in Toulouse this fall. Five teams are fine-tuning their cars—each made up of around a hundred atoms and measuring a few nanometers in length. They will be propelled by an electric current on a gold atom "race track." We take you behind the scenes to see how these researcher-racers are preparing for the NanoCar Race.
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The Principle of Equivalence Put to the Test

April 2016 - The Microscope satellite was placed in orbit this April. Its mission : test once more the principle of equivalence, a pillar of the theory of general relativity that postulates that all objects fall in the same way in a vacuum. Could Microscope be the first to invalidate it ?
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