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Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.

  • CNES Annual Report 2015: Innovation & Inspiration

    The space sector is currently undergoing a seismic shift. Europe is still the second-ranking world space power, but the playing field is changing radically, with two major challenges ahead: first, cheaper access to space is opening the door to an increasing number of countries determined to develop space activities geared to their rapidly-expanding ambitions; and second, the United States’ space sector is being transformed by new players from the Internet sphere applying innovative, game-changing methods.

  • NASA selects French Mars Microphone project for its Mars 2020 mission

    NASA has announced the selection of Mars Microphone as one of the instruments for its Mars 2020 mission. Developed by the ISAE aeronautics and space institute with CNES oversight, Mars Microphone will be the first such sensor ever to operate on the surface of Mars. The new instrument will be integrated into SuperCam, an enhanced version of the ChemCam instrument that has been revealing the diversity of the red planet’s geology on the Curiosity Mars rover for four years now.

  • STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship: 2016 Fellows Named

    The Office for Science and Technology is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Chateaubriand Fellowship. Among the 50 fellows listed below, 5 will be partly supported by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), 3 by the French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (Inria), 5 by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and 3 by the GROW Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • ScanR, a new search engine of the French Research and Innovation landscape

    The French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research launched ScanR, a web application aiming at mapping French Research and Innovation landscape. Designed to cross search various sources, it provides a search engine to get details on projects, organisations, existing links with other organisations, location, patents or publications. The application is currently in beta version, and open to contribution.

  • LifeSciences grant: 2016 Laureates

    The “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun” grant has been distributed by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles since 2012 to French research teams participating in American competitions in the life sciences. Following the call for projects launched in February 2016, eight teams have been selected to receive this grant.

  • 72nd Straight Success for Ariane 5

    On Saturday, June 18, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two telecommunications satellites, Echostar 18 for DISH Network and BRIsat for Bank Rakyat Indonesia. The flight marked the European launcher’s 72nd straight success since 2003.

  • CNES MAG n°68: Cooperation, A Global Ambition

    This issue of the quarterly magazine from the French Space Agency, without claiming to be exhaustive, focuses on international CNES cooperation, from the 50th anniversary of the French-Russian partnership in space, to joint development of the Merlin satellite with Germany (dedicated to the methane monitoring) through the reinforcement of the oceanography sector with the United States. A dozen of new internationals agreements were signed by CNES in 2015, as another proof of the global reach of France and of its space industry worldwide.

  • A Look Back at the Fifth Annual French American Science Festival

    The French-American Science Festival was held for the fifth time during the third annual French Innovation Week in Chicago from April 21 to April 29. The French Innovation Week was organized by the Consulate General of France in Chicago and its partners (Business France, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance Française, etc.).