Organ-on-chip: a mini biotechnology with big ambitions

Cédric Bouzigue, Lecturer in Biology at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On April 9th, 2024 4 min reading time

Organs-on-a-chip are microscopic reproductions of human organs that mimic their function.

Hard choices must be made for universal access to water

Nassim Ait Mouheb, Researcher at Inrae, Corinne Cabassud , Professor emeritus at INSA Toulouse and Researcher at Toulouse Biotechnology Institute (TBI)

On April 9th, 2024 4 min reading time

Access to drinking water is one of today's major challenges, and many adaptation measures exist to alleviate the problem.

Tania Louis

How to put life on hold... or die temporarily

Tania Louis, PhD in biology and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On April 9th, 2024 4 min reading time

What is a near-death experience?

Charlotte Martial, Researcher at Université de Liège

On April 3rd, 2024 3 min reading time

Near-death experiences are altered states of consciousness that can affect anyone, and which science is trying to explain.

4 myths surrounding generative AI

Thierry Rayna, Researcher at the CNRS i³-CRG* laboratory and Professor at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Erwan Le Pennec, Professor at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)

On April 3rd, 2024 5 min reading time

Many myths and fabrications surround generative AI, even though it will make human expertise more necessary than ever.

Douglas Powell

4 technologies to enhance sporting performance

Douglas Powell, Director of the Breast Biomechanics Research Center (BBRC) in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis, Donghee Son, Professor in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea), Mikyung Shin, Associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea), Hailey Fong, Researcher at Breast Biomechanics Research Center de l'Université de Memphis (États-Unis), Jean-Christophe Géminard, CNRS research director at the Physics Laboratory (ENS Lyon)

On April 3rd, 2024 5 min reading time

Modifying DNA: applications of the CRISPR discovery

Tania Louis, PhD in biology and Columnist at Polytechnique Insights

On March 27th, 2024 7 min reading time

CRISPR-Cas, the genome-modification tool with wide-ranging applications, is raising huge debates and ethical questions.

Geothermal lithium: a resource for the future?

Yannick Peysson, R&D Program Manager at IFPEN, Ghislain Trullenque, Geothermal researcher at Institut polytechnique UniLaSalle and scientific coordinator of the MEET project, Arnaud Baudot , Head of R&D Strategic Metals for Sustainable Mobility at IFPEN

On March 27th, 2024 4 min reading time

France possesses a geothermal lithium reserve, never before exploited industrially anywhere in the world.

Jean-yves le porcher

Why is there growing demand for sound products?

Jean-Yves Le Porcher, Director of sound experience at Ircam amplify

On March 6th, 2024 4 min reading time

How science can improve sporting performance

Romain Vuillemot , Lecturer in Computer Science at École Centrale de Lyon, Aymeric Erades, PhD student at École Centrale de Lyon

On March 20th, 2024 4 min reading time

Researchers are studying table tennis to understand the techniques involved in the game and improve player performance.

Fossil DNA: on the trail of human evolution

Jean-Louis Mergny, Inserm Research Director and Head of the Biology Department at IP Paris

On March 20th, 2024 6 min reading time

Since the discovery of Neanderthal genes in the Eurasian genome, science has been studying the extinction of Neanderthals, thanks to fossil DNA.

What are ageing and death from a biological point of view?

Alexis Gautreau, Head of Biology at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris), Clémence Guillermain, Post-doctoral Fellow specializing in Ageing at Nantes University

On March 12th, 2024 6 min reading time

Death is a biological and philosophical concept at the crossroads of these two disciplines, which complicates finding a clear definition.

Why are sportswomen excluded from scientific studies?

Juliana Antero, Epidemiological researcher at the Institut national du sport de l'expertise et de la performance

On March 12th, 2024 3 min reading time

Women are under-represented and overlooked in sport research, making up just 35% of participants in sports science studies.

Eric Selva

Securing water resources: a global necessity

Éric Servat, Director of UNESCO International Centre for Water

On March 12th, 2024 4 min reading time

Algorithms, a major tool in the quest for “ageing well”

Etienne Minvielle, CNRS Research Director and Professor of Health Management at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris) , Yves Rolland, Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Gerontopôle of Toulouse, Olivier Guerin, Professor at the Université Côte d'Azur and member of the President of the Republic's scientific council

On March 6th, 2024 4 min reading time

Algorithms, already used to prevent the onset of cancer, can now help anticipate dependency and age-related pathologies.

Post-mortem ecology: the rise of “green funerals”

Martin Julier-Costes, sociologist, research associate at Université Grenoble Alpes

On March 6th, 2024 4 min reading time

More environmentally-friendly solutions are emerging for paying tribute to the deceased, like promession, terramation or aquamation.


Modelling sound from wind turbines and drones to combat noise pollution

Olivier Doaré, Professor in fluid mechanics at ENSTA Paris (IP Paris), Benjamin Cotté, Associate Professor at ENSTA Paris (IP Paris)

On March 6th, 2024 4 min reading time

Demystifying generative AI: true, false, uncertain

Laure Soulier, Senior Lecturer at Sorbonne University in the "Machine Learning and Information Access" team

On February 7th, 2024 4 min reading time

Is generative AI an intelligent revolution? Should we be wary of it? Find out in this article.

Manuela Dupre

Climate adaptation: why private investment is needed

Manuela Dupré, Master's student in "Economics for Smart Cities and Climate Policy" at Ecole Polytechnique (IP Paris), Patricia Crifo, Professor of Economics at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Researcher at CREST (CNRS) and Associate Researcher at CIRANO

On February 27th, 2024 7 min reading time
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Are artificial intelligence and human intelligence comparable?

Daniel Andler, Professor emeritus in Philosophy of Science at Sorbonne Université, Maxime Amblard, Professor of Computer Science at Université de Lorraine, Annabelle Blangero, PhD in Neuroscience and Data Science Manager at Ekimetrics

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Machine Learning: can we correct biases?

Stephan Clémençon, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Télécom Paris (IP Paris)

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AI Act: how Europe wants to regulate machines

Winston Maxwell, Director of Rights and Digital Studies at Télécom Paris (IP Paris)

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“Decisions made by algorithms must be justified”

Isabelle Bloch, Professor at Sorbonne University (Chair in Artificial Intelligence)

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Artificial intelligence: a tool for domination or emancipation?

Lê Nguyên Hoang, Co-founder and President of, Victor Berger, Post-doctoral researcher at CEA Saclay, Giada Pistilli, PhD student at Sorbonne University affiliated with the CNRS Science, Norms, Democracy laboratory

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When algorithms replace humans, what is at stake? 

Véronique Steyer, Associate Professor in Innovation Management at École Polytechnique (IP Paris), Milie Taing, Founder and CEO of

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