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

  • France-United States space cooperation : Launch of OSIRIS-REx mission

    The OSIRIS-REx mission was launched Friday 9 September from the Cape Canaveral base in Florida, on board an Atlas V launcher. In an absolute first, the mission probe will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in August 2018 to map its surface and then perform a rapid "Touch-and-Go" in order to take samples and return them to Earth in 2023.

  • France Alumni USA, extend your French experience!

    Launched on June 21, 2016, France Alumni USA is a platform and network of professionals who have completed part or all of their studies in France and live in the US. This platform, an initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, is managed by Campus France.

  • Inserm, France’s rising research star according to Nature

    The French National Institute of Health and Medical research (Inserm) is listed in the World Top 100 institutions with the most progress in the last 3 years. This is indicated by the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars, which highlights the big contribution of Inserm researchers to publications in the best 68 journals selected by Nature. This ranking identifies the most brilliant institutions to watch in 2016 and in the coming years.

  • 73rd straight success for Ariane 5

    Wednesday 24 August, Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two telecommunications satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36. The flight marked the European launcher’s 73rd straight success since 2003.

  • Chronicles of an American Post-Doctoral Scholar at a French Colloquium

    In september of 2013, during the Colorado Immunology Conference, Amy Stone won the contest for the best scientific poster, sponsored by the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. The young researcher from the University of Colorado, Denver, received a prize of $2,000 which allowed her to attend a scientific event in France.

  • 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).