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Special report

  • Virus HIV-2. A second AIDS virus isolated at the Pasteur Institute in 1985 from a patient originating in West Africa. Colourised image. © Institut Pasteur


    Global village

    Two-speed health Although similar diseases affect the North and South, they are far from being treated in the same way.


    “Confronting concern” A chat with François d’Aubert, President of the Cité de la Villette in Paris, on the inauguration of the Epidemik exhibition.


    AIDS: a quarter of a century later… A report on the incredible research effort by the scientific community over the past 25 years in combating HIV.


    Aiding or exploiting Africa? The Europe and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership is bringing together Africa and Europe to combat AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.


    14 Should we be afraid? Is the next viral pandemic on our doorstep? The scientific community sees the threats as real and believes it is best to be prepared. H5N1, chikungunya and SARS… The latest on these lethally potential viruses that have hit the headlines in this century's early years.


    The pathogenic paradoxes of globalisation There is more to globalisation than economics. It is also disrupting the planet’s health conditions as viruses take to the air… European news. Research under the microscope.

  • An underground ring 27 km in circumference, running between Switzerland and France, within which the LHC should make it possible to recreate the conditions that occur at the origin of matter. © CER


    At the frontier of human genius

    At the frontiers of human genius Despite a false start, all eyes remain fixed on the LHC. We visit the greatest tool ever designed for physicists and the new jewel of technology.

  • Joël de Rosnay «Plus le monde se mondialise, plus il se tribalise. C’est à la fois positif et négatif.»


    "The Internet is self-organising into a global meta-computer"

    “The Internet is self-organising into a global meta-computer” A biologist and well-informed observer of information technologies, Joël de Rosnay shares his vision of the ‘living’ Internet.


    Research as seen by citizens

    Research as seen by citizens A unique study carried out in the 27 Member States assesses public attitudes to science, research and European policy in these fields.


    The parameters of the exodus

    The parameters of the exodus On the basis of two decades of US statistics, economist Ahmed Tritah analyses the development of the European brain drain. A worrying trend.

  • Pierre Deligne: “In my view, resolving problems by methods which, at first sight, seem to have nothing to do with the problem at hand, is one of the great joys that mathematics offers to the professional mathematician.”


    The pleasure of maths

    The pleasure of maths Is maths complicated? So what, it’s beautiful! That is the view of Pierre Deligne, winner of the prestigious Wolf Prize for mathematics.

  • 17 May 1954. A mechanical digger starts work on the Meyrin site of the future CERN building. © CERN Geneva


    Architects of European research

    Architects of European research An adviser to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research, Michel André, asks: who are the truly great names in European research?

  • Snapshots of the seventh annual Expo-Sciences Europe, held in Budapest in July 2008. © Courtesy Milset


    A bridge between young people and science

    A bridge between young people and science Expo-Sciences brings together young people from all backgrounds with a passion for science and technology. Report from Budapest, site of the 7th Expo-Sciences event. Science at your fingertips, Teaching corner, Publications, Young researchers, Opinion.

  • Courtesy of Dang & Solar Solidarity International - © Dang


    Personality traits of bacteria

    The personality traits of bacteria A colourful picture of the infection of human endothelial cells by a clinical strain of Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus