Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Why France’s New Tech ‘Repairability Index’ Is a Big Deal

Manufacturers selling these devices in France must give their products a score, or “repairability index,” based on a range of criteria, including how easy it is to take the product apart and the availability of spare parts and technical documents.

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020

The Armistice that stopped what should have been the War to End All Wars had been signed before the sun came up, cementing an agreement that the guns on both sides would fall quiet in six hours: with symbolic richness, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

And the international system of scientific journals—including Science, Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine, among many others— came to play an outsize role in this Cold War vision, as the appointed guardians of independent truth.

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

French Regulator Says Google Must Pay to Link to News Sites

France's competition authority says that Google must go back to the bargaining table to negotiate a rate that the search giant will pay to link to articles on French news sites.

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

From above, Chesnel discovered, the seaside landscapes of southern France look like abstract paintings, with vibrant bands of color bleeding into each other.“I like pushing the boundary between paintings and photographs,” says Chesnel, who trained as a painter and only recently transitioned into photography.

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence would be established by the Group of Seven leading western economies and play a role in “addressing some of the ethical concerns we will face in this area.” It was to be modeled on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which helped establish consensus on the world’s climate crisis and recommends possible responses.

The Incredible Tech Behind This Year's Tour de France Bikes

The Incredible Tech Behind This Year's Tour de France Bikes

Pro riders will use the aero bike in races such as the Tour de France for longer, flatter stages as results show that an aero bike can be up to four minutes faster over a flat 40-km course (if riding conditions are favorable) as well as in sprint stages where the aerodynamic shape and uncompromising stiffness is an asset in getting you over the line in first place.

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

This Summer's Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability

And I forget what they were now—a whole bunch of events like this, storms, floods, heat waves,” says Frances Moore, an environmental scientist at UC Davis who earlier this year published a paper on how quickly people forget what’s normal about changes in weather patterns.

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

How Investigators Pull Data off a Boeing 737’s Black Boxes

The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from Ethiopian Flight 302 arrived in Paris on Thursday, where investigators will examine the data that could reveal what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet.

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Nearly 50% of Transportation Pollution Deaths Linked to Diesel: Study

Some 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a study found on Feb. 27. The authors cautioned that their estimates were "conservative" as their study did not take into account all types of harmful emissions or pollution-linked diseases.

Moving toward green mobility: three countries, three different paths

Moving toward green mobility: three countries, three different paths

To illustrate this, let’s look at three countries that did take concrete measures to cut carbon emissions from transport but opted for three different options: France, Luxembourg, and Norway.

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

Automakers Denounce 'Unrealistic' EU Emissions Targets

German and other European automakers warned on Dec. 17 that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

“The goal is clear: show to the world that there is a civil war in France.” Other accounts identified by Robert as sharing similarly false or polarizing information claimed to be journalists and European [email protected], a relatively unknown account notable for its belief in the sprawling conspiracy theory known as QAnon, was another popular promoter of disinformation using #GiletsJaunes.

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete

Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete

Platinum iridium is an extremely hard material and difficult to scratch, but “it makes you paranoid,” he says.Abbott also has to monitor the weights, to check that their masses stay the same over time.

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

German Car Industry Warns CO2 Targets Risk Jobs

European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions threaten jobs in the bloc, Germany's powerful car industry federation said on Oct. 10 after ministers set new goals. European ministers reached a hard-fought deal on Oct. 9 to reduce CO2 emitted from new cars by 35% by 2030.

'Global cataclysm': 200 scientists and artists sign letter warning of looming disaster

'Global cataclysm': 200 scientists and artists sign letter warning of looming disaster

It added: "We therefore consider that any political action which would not make the fight against this cataclysm its concrete priority… would no longer be credible.

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Renewed criticism of the centrist French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week saying the government was in thrall to powerful lobby groups and taking only “mini-steps” that were insufficient to deal with climate change.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old stones bearing ominous messages have resurfaced in a river in Central Europe, according to news reports. Over the course of centuries, Europeans marked low water levels during droughts by carving lines and dates into boulders along the Elbe River, which runs from the Czech Republic into Germany.