Yvonne Carts-Powell

From AAAS: batteries and electronic skin

In Science on February 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

There’s some cool work going on in batteries (or more properly “energy storage”), and using organic materials to make things like skin (only perhaps better)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington DC was its usual idiosyncratic self — not the sort of science conference where peers in a field present new results to each other, and not quite a political meeting where policy gets decided (at least, not at the public meetings), and not quite presentations to the people who fund research.

It’s a good meeting for finding out what’s happening in the field that you’ve ignored for a year (or never knew about in the first place). And it’s the one place where I most often rub shoulders with journalists from general interest publications.

This year, unlike in 2005 (the last time I attended), there weren’t nearly as many newspaper/general news reporters there. Most of the science beats have been eliminated. I really couldn’t be very optimistic for the science writing student that I mentored. It seems like these outlets are now offering unrevised press releases and AP news.

The exceptions: I saw reporters from AP, the Washington Post, the Economist, and CNN. I also saw a lot of freelancers, as well as some staffers from more science-oriented websites/magazines.

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