Green swans: a tipping point for global finance

On September 27th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

Inspired by the idea of the "black swan" from the financial world, "green swans" are a way of accounting for the certainty of extreme climate events.

Laurent Fulcheri

Turquoise hydrogen takes a step towards the next level

On September 27th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

Why energy retrofitting hasn’t taken off  

On September 27th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

Thermal renovation is struggling to accelerate: 17% of the French housing stock, equivalent to 5.2 million homes, are "energy sieves".

The mystery behind earthquakes happening in unexpected regions

Eric Calais, Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), specialist in seismically active regions of the globe, Jean-François Ritz, CNRS Research Director at Laboratoire Géosciences Montpellier

On September 20th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

Intraplate earthquakes can reach large magnitudes, but they are much rarer than those at plate boundaries.

Tania Louis

The placenta: a legacy inherited from ancient viruses  

Tania Louis, PhD in biology and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On September 20th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

Science says we could “cure” ageing. But should we?

On September 20th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

Scientists who study the biology of the ageing process have been able to show that it is perhaps not so inevitable after all.

Photonic propulsion: visit the Solar System by sail

On September 13th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

In theory, it is possible to build a sail pushed by light to travel through space. But is this thrust sufficient?

Karine Clément

Vicious cycles of obesity: a game of biological and social dynamics

On September 13th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

What are the risks of nuclear power plants in wartime?

On July 12th, 2022 6  min. de lecture

The recent occupation of two nuclear sites in Ukraine by Russian forces has highlighted the importance of monitoring such facilities in wartime.

Hélène Lœvenbruck

Cognition: do we all think in the same way? 

Hélène Lœvenbruck, CNRS Research Director and Head of the Language team at the Laboratory of Psychology and Neurocognition in Grenoble

On September 6th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

Disinformation: emergency or false problem?

Sacha Altay, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford within the Reuters Institute, Lê Nguyên Hoang, Co-founder and President of

On September 6th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

Currently, the consumption of fake news varies between 0.6% and 7% depending on the country, leading us to question the extent of the problem.

How to limit the effects of endocrine disruptors on the brains of children

On September 6th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

A recent study on endocrine disruptors calculated the risk of exposure and predicted a threshold above which children would have been protected from cognitive impairment.

Andrew Steele

Lifespan: what can we learn from these animal-champions?

Andrew Steele, PhD in physics from the University of Oxford, Science Writer and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On July 12th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

How to cultivate critical thinking

Manuel Bächtold, Lecturer in Epistemology and Didactics of Science at Université de Montpellier, Denis Caroti, Doctor of Philosophy on the issue of Critical Thinking, Céline Schöpfer, PhD student in philosophy at the University of Geneva, Gwen Pallarès, Lecturer in Science Didactics at Université de Reims Champagne-Ardennes

On July 6th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

Critical thinking is difficult to teach because it is more than just a skill to learn. To do so effectively it must be seen more as a personal quality that should be nurtured.

Marc Ammerich

Nuclear waste: how are sites monitored?  

Marc Ammerich, Expert, Auditor and Consultant in Radiation Protection

On July 6th, 2022 3  min. de lecture

Remote working: overcoming preconceptions for the best of both worlds

Suzy Canivenc, Associate researcher at the "Futurs de l’Industrie et du Travail" chair (FIT²) at Mines Paris

On June 29th, 2022 5  min. de lecture

A large proportion of employees have developed a taste for remote working, 35% would change employer if their boss forced them to return to the office full-time.

Anne-Marie Guillemard

In a society of longevity, seniors are more than a “silver economy”

Anne-Marie Guillemard, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Université de Paris-Cité

On June 29th, 2022 4  min. de lecture

“In the absence of an army, Europe will have to cooperate”

Lucie Liversain, PhD student at I³-CRG* at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On June 22nd, 2022 4  min. de lecture

A number of European countries, led by France, are pushing the idea of “strategic autonomy”, which includes cooperative weapons programmes.

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