WCSJ 2009 Session Reviews

A l’heure du business vert

Un business vert autour du vent. C’est bien possible. Dans un monde où les énergies fossiles (pétrole, gaz naturel…) se raréfient et coûtent de plus en plus chères, l’avenir se lit en pointillées.

Promises, promises

A strong historical flavour permeated this session, which nevertheless dealt with problems that face every modern science journalist who wants to produce high-class, ethical work.

Heartbreak and Hype - the only way to sell an engineering story

You can see the headlines for tomorrow, said the Guardian's architecture correspondent Jonathan Glancey as we all started to bake gently in our post-lunch discussion on media hype. Sun Hell… closely followed by Lightning Hell at the weekend (this being British weather). So we were glad to cool down as James Gillies, CERN's communications director, told us about the world's coolest (minus 271°C) and fastest racetrack – the 27 kilometre Large Hadron Collider.

Nanotechnology Research: European Research Press Briefing

The Membaq Project incorporates aquaporin proteins in industrial membrane for water filtration. Aquaporins are channels transporting water that exist in all living cells. “They are natural filters,” explained Hans Enggrob, the project’s coordinator. One company, called Aquaporin, was created to bring this technology to market. According to Sania Ibragimova, a researcher at Aquaporin, the technology creates ultra pure water, used in industries like pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and energy generation.