Latest National Center for Scientific Research Stories

Scientists Study Olive Ridley Turtle Nesting Habits
2011-10-19 13:42:57

Ecologists are a step closer to understanding one of nature's most extraordinary sights — the 'arribada' or synchronized mass nesting of female olive ridley sea turtles. The new study, published October 18 in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Animal Ecology, is the first to combine three different approaches — genetics, demography and behavior, and the results should help conserve these vulnerable marine creatures. The study, lead by Virginie Plot of the National...

2010-08-20 12:40:00

Scientists found a way to help predict which species are likely to be most affected by radioactive contamination. The scientists in Chernobyl said that the secret to a species' vulnerability lies in its DNA. The research helps to reveal which species are most likely to decline or become extinct in response to other types of environmental stress. Professor Tim Mousseau from the University of South Carolina and Dr. Anders Moller from the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris France...

2009-10-07 14:15:00

French researchers claim they have uncovered what are likely the biggest dinosaur footprints in the world, left by giant sauropods that may have weighed 40 tons or more, AFP reported. The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) said a pair of amateur fossil-hunters discovered an extraordinary track of footprints in April this year in the Jura plateau at Plagne, near the southeastern city of Lyon. Professional paleontologists authenticated the find and said the prints are among the...

2009-05-13 09:00:00

Made popular with movies like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," the penguin in reality has a mysterious life, sometimes living for months in the ocean before coming back to land. Zoologists have long wondered where the penguin, famed for its quirkiness and funny walk, goes throughout these long periods of time in the ocean. French scientists, in a study available on Wednesday, think they have the answer. A research team from National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) placed...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'