French startup LightOn is currently on working on developing light-powered technologies.
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Hardware could exploit the properties of scattered light so that computations happen at high speed and with low power consumption.
A man reading a coke bottle in San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico.
New research indicates that rising temperatures can push those who prefer sweets to drink more sugary beverages, not water. This has significant implications for public-health policy.
Climate change is altering the smell of rosemary, affecting its quality and quantity.
As climatic conditions change, plants’ odours are altered, with direct consequences for pollination, especially by bees.
Maps that divide the world into 'no-go' and 'safe' zones has created a new politics of danger.
Pancreatic cancer currently has one of the least optimistic prognosis, with just 5% of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. A recent study opens a door to hope.
Children in a Bangladesh slum.
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In many urban poor areas such as slums, programmes by governments and NGOs are established to help families and mitigate malnutrition. But are these effective?
The aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse, which took place on January 25, 2019, in Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Population growth is creating a huge demand for infrastructure, even as environmental risks grow. To detect problems early, satellites can provide rich data to help assess infrastructure "health".
Osteoporosis affects one in three women, but men are also concerned.
There is no treatment for osteoporosis, which affects millions of people and costs billions of euros every year. What if the solution was in the bile? Explanations.
Soldiers stand guard near coffins containing the bodies of victims of an explosion that took place inside a catholic cathedral, in southern island of Mindanao on January 28, 2019.
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After a civil conflict, within five years the majority of modern peace agreements fail. What is causing these negotiated settlements to fall apart?
Shrimp cocktail: Tasty to some, potentially deadly for others.
Alongside with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soybeans and fish, shellfish are one of the eight allergens that account for 90% of food-related allergic reactions. What if a vaccine could exist?
Many cities have plans in place to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. But are they credible? An ongoing study looks into the question.
In the fight against climate change, cities are now seen as having a major role to play. An ongoing study examines the effectiveness of the adaptation and mitigation plans of 126 coastal cities.
The path from decision to action is a winding one.
Our everyday lives are full of decision dilemmas. To understand why we make particular choices, scientists investigate how our brain deals with uncertainty.
gilets jaunes “yellow vest” protester on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris takes a photograph using his mobile phone (December 8, 2018).
There’s an orderly fashion to so-called disruptive "manifestations", as they’re called in French. But the "gilets jaunes" didn’t follow the rules. So who exactly broke the rules?
Bejing. Bird flu is transmitted in various ways and the process needs to be studied in depth.
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A scientific question fascinates experts : under which conditions can bird flu virus be transmitted to humans by aerial particles, and what will be the consequences for those who aren’t immune?
Personal data… isn’t so private after all.
Paradoxically, it is only when I disappear into the digital crowd that my personal data becomes interesting for digital merchants.
A man gets his drinking water from a Cape Town neighbourhood in 2017.
In South Africa, Cape Town fears "Day Zero", when the city will have to ration water drastically. The phenomenon threatens other cities as well but solutions exist.
A protest in Toulouse in January 2016 against the state of emergency in France.
Weakening the institutional as well as the symbolic functioning of the rule of law has the consequence of introducing new "risks", and thus creating more insecurity.
Aviation safety has much to gain from neuroscience: studying how our brains become “deaf” to alarms allows us to adapt the pilot's flight instruments.
A man browsing the shoe department in a shopping centre. Can he really afford new shoes, and does he really need them?
Under some circumstances, people may feel wealthier than they actually are and this makes them psychologically more prone to increase their spending, as well as their borrowing.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer, ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health.