The perception in France of a reversal of strategy is in fact a coherent move for Australia, in line with 200 years of Australian diplomatic tradition – for better or worse.
The pandemic has changed the relationship between a country’s residents and its borders.
Covid-19 has raised important questions about the many different ways of belonging to a country: where does the boundary between insiders and outsiders lie and who should be in or out?
Metamorphosis of Lyriste plebejus: the cicada, finally out of the ground, transforms from the larval stage to its adult appearance.
The Massif des Maures was devastated by fires this year, but the region’s hardy cicadas continued to sing thanks to their unique survival methods.
Spraying pesticides in Gama, Brazil, 2016.
A new study shows that the pesticide pyriproxyfen – widely used in Brazil during the Zika outbreak of 2015 – could disrupt thyroid hormones and thus affect brain development in children.
Reconstruction of the execution of the Arnolfini portrait. Top: Postures of the painter during the painting process. Bottom: views obtained from the four lenses.
Université de Lorraine
Researchers have long tried to unravel the puzzle of Jan van Eyck’s use of perspective in his masterpiece, the Arnolfini Portrait. New research suggests he may have had help from a novel machine.
The last frontier.
In a world where transhumanists seek to use technology to save humanity, and even to defeat death, surfing reminds humans of our staggering insignificance.
The events of the past decade in the Middle East have upended the states in the region. What will the future hold?
We are logging more than can be sustained by tropical forests.
Observations collected since the 1980s in the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia show we are not giving tropical forests enough time to recover after logging.
Traffic delays can be a matter of life or death for women in Lagos state, Nigeria.
Santos Akhilele Aburime/Shutterstock
Using data from the popular navigation app, researchers have pinpointed the areas of Lagos, Nigeria, where emergency obstetric care is most needed.
The most important lesson from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan may be our failure to learn from history.
South Koreans living away from home have been frequent targets for suspicion and ire during the pandemic. Some even report being shunned by their families.
The Grand Véfour has been serving fine dining to Parisians for more than 200 years.
The first restaurants in Paris were based on the medicinal powers of soup, but these establishments soon transformed into the temples to gastronomy we know today.
The interior of the nuclear fusion reactor at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
A US laboratory has announced an exciting new leap forward in nuclear fusion, but it may be several decades before we see this form of energy come to fruition.
A debate over the future of dealcoholised wine is raging in Brussels.
The ecological cost of the deadly fires in southern France will be enormous. Scientists and residents will have to find a way to rebuild together.
Youssoupha performs at the Urban Peace concert at the Stade de France, September 2013.
Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
Marine Le Pen gives a speech in Marseille, March 2020.
The south-eastern region of France known as PACA has long been a centre of power for the far-right, but recent failures in the regional elections bring its future into question for Marine Le Pen.
France has undergone thirteen major political shifts since 1789, and yet there have been very few major changes to the country’s elite.
A woman holds a sign reading ‘Islamophobia – that’s enough’ at a protest against the separatism law, February 2021.
Geoffrey van der Hasselt/AFP
The term “separatist” has a long history in France. Now it’s being used to target Muslims in a new law.
We are not at risk of running out of oxygen due to climate change, but ocean creatures are – and that will harm the whole planet.