Should we really be worried about France's declining fertility rate?

Hervé Le Bras, Research director in demographics at EHESS and Emeritus research director at Ined

On July 3rd, 2024 5 min reading time

Since 2023, the birth rate has plummeted, and a European family model may be taking shape.

Seabed mining: a new geopolitical divide?

Emmanuel Hache, Assistant and Economist-Prospector at IFP Énergies nouvelles and Research Director at IRIS, Émilie Normand, Economist Engineer, Head of Research at IFP Énergies nouvelles, Candice Roche, Research Fellow in Geopolitics of Metals and Ecological Transition at IFPEN

On July 3rd, 2024 8 min reading time

The mineral deposits in the sea are a source of envy for many countries and companies.

Etienne Minvielle

Digital twins and prevention: a new era in medicine

Etienne Minvielle, CNRS Research Director and Professor of Health Management at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris) , Claire Biot, Vice President, Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry Dassault Systèmes, Stanley Durrleman, Inria Research Director and Head of the Aramis team at ICM

On July 3rd, 2024 4 min reading time

Personalised, preventive, predictive, participatory: the 4Ps of tomorrow's medicine

Pierre-Marie Lledo, Research Director at CNRS, Head of Department at Institut Pasteur, and member of the European Academy of Sciences

On June 26th, 2024 10 min reading time

Medicine is evolving, moving from a curative approach to a more preventive practice.

Modelling virtual worlds for scientific research

Marie-Paule Cani, Professor of Computer Science at École Polytechnique (IP Paris) and member of the Académie des Sciences

On June 26th, 2024 6 min reading time

Computer graphics can be used to represent animated virtual spaces in 3D, supporting scientific thought.

Philippe Drobinski

How climate change will affect our energy consumption

Philippe Drobinski, CNRS Research Director at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (LMD*) and Professor at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On June 26th, 2024 4 min reading time

Global warming is altering heating and cooling requirements, which in turn is influencing our energy consumption.

Can we really measure the ecological footprint of the Olympics?

Marie Delaplace, Emeritus Professor of Spatial Planning at Université Gustave Eiffel, Martin Müller, Professor of Geography at the University of Lausanne

On June 18th, 2024 4 min reading time

The organizers of the Paris Olympics are promising to halve CO2 emissions, a promise that has never been kept by previous Games.

Can AI replace animal testing?

Jean-Michel Besnier, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Sorbonne Université, Nicolas David, Professor of Biology at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Jean-Baptiste Masson, Theoretical Physicist at Institut Pasteur

On June 18th, 2024 4 min reading time

In view of AI's efficiency, the hypothesis is emerging that it can be used to simulate the living world and dispense with animal experimentation.

Drugs alone won't be enough to solve the obesity crisis

Martin Whyte, Associate Professor of Metabolic Medicine at University of Surrey

On June 11th, 2024 4 min reading time

Anti-obesity drugs that mimic the intestinal hormone GLP-1 appear to be effective, but will not solve this epidemic.

Economics: why Europe is falling behind the USA

Patrick Artus, Head Economist at Natixis

On June 11th, 2024 3 min reading time

Europe's economic deficit relative to the USA is impacting its tax revenues and attractiveness to foreign investors.

David Clark

Understanding short-term memory through neuronal plasticity

David Clark, PhD Student in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University

On June 11th, 2024 3 min reading time

Quantum: the second revolution unfolds

On June 5th, 2024 1 min reading time

What is quantum physics? What are the applications of quantum technologies? Dive into the universe of the infinitely small with this issue of 3.14.

Museum metaverses promise to redefine the cultural experience

Titus Zaharia, Professor at Télécom SudParis (IP Paris), Marius Preda, Associate Professor at Institut MINES-Télécom

On June 4th, 2024 4 min reading time

Digitising works of art helps to preserve cultural heritage, make art collections accessible and reinvent museum experiences.

sylvain Cros

Renewables: yields vary according to climate

Sylvain Cros, Research Engineer at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory of École polytechnique (IP Paris), Riwal Plougonven, Professor at École polytechnique (IP Paris) and Senior Lecturer at the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (LMD)

On June 4th, 2024 5 min reading time

Nobel Prize in Physics 2023: an unprecedented image of the infinitely small

Stefan Haessler, CNRS Research Fellow at Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée (CNRS, ENSTA, École Polytechnique)

On May 29th, 2024 4 min reading time

In 2023, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for work on attosecond laser pulses.

Nuclear fusion: the true, the false and the uncertain

Adam Stein, Director of the Nuclear Energy Innovation program at the Breakthrough Institute

On May 29th, 2024 4 min reading time

Nuclear fusion has the potential to generate clean, virtually limitless energy, but the technology is not yet “mature”.

Jacques Prioux

Workload: the subtle harmony between preparation and performance

Jacques Prioux, Professor in Sports Science at ENS Rennes

On May 29th, 2024 3 min reading time

The concept of “workload” seeks a balance between improving performance and preserving the athlete's physical integrity.

How can we detect life on distant planets?

Julien de Wit, Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences at MIT , Amaury Triaud , Professor of Exoplanetology at University of Birmingham

On May 21st, 2024 3 min reading time

A new approach is being considered to detect exoplanets with the surface conditions needed to harbor life.

IQ: can intelligence really be measured?

Jacques Grégoire, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Louvain

On May 22nd, 2024 5 min reading time

IQ is a relative measure of intelligence that is subject to many vagaries.

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Oil to lithium, the energy transition is shuffling the cards for global politics

Episode 1 / 8

Saudi Arabia, a future mining power?

Emmanuel Hache, Assistant and Economist-Prospector at IFP Énergies nouvelles and Research Director at IRIS, Candice Roche, Research Fellow in Geopolitics of Metals and Ecological Transition at IFPEN, Vincent d’Herbemont, Civil engineer in the economics and environmental assessment department at IFP énergies nouvelles

Episode 2 / 8

How decisions around energy shape geopolitical power

Anna Creti, Professor at Université Paris-Dauphine-PSL, Director of Climate Economics Chair and Associate Direct...

Episode 3 / 8

Gas: intermediate energy source or energy of the future?

Olivier Massol, Professor at the Centre for Energy Economics and Management at IFP School

Episode 4 / 8

Oil in murky waters: pressure on prices and uncertain demand

Patrice Geoffron, Professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine and Director of Center of Energy and Climate Change Ec...

Episode 5 / 8

Predicted scarcity of metals and rare elements are causing geopolitical tensions

Emmanuel Hache, Assistant and Economist-Prospector at IFP Énergies nouvelles and Research Director at IRIS

Episode 6 / 8

“Carbon diplomacy is an issue of power and sovereignty”

Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of the Energy & Climate Centre at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri...

Episode 7 / 8

Energy transition: a gold-mine for countries of the “Lithium Triangle”?

María Eugenia Sanin, Lecturer in economics at Université Paris Saclay and coordinator of the Sectoral Policies group at t...

Episode 8 / 8

The switch to electric cars increases our dependence on China

María Eugenia Sanin, Lecturer in economics at Université Paris Saclay and coordinator of the Sectoral Policies group at t..., Olivier Perrin, Partner in the energy, resources and industry sector at Deloitte

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