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Could salt caverns - already used to store natural gas - become the hydrogen reserves of the future? This is the question that Pierre Bérest, Emeritus Professor at École Polytechnique in the Solid Mechanics Laboratory, is working on.
On January 26th and 27th, 2000 students and more than 110 companies, schools and universities met online using the Seekube platform for the 28th edition of the X-Forum, a unique networking opportunity.
Space missions will follow one another in 2021 in a new odyssey where economic and security motivations will compete with scientific objectives. An opportunity to take stock of X research and initiatives to push the boundaries of this new frontier.
Space has inspired the ecosystem of X start-ups with several successes especially in the field of satellites while the European Commission wants to make a hub of space entrepreneurship in the world and the French government has announced a budget of 500 millions euros for the space industry as part of its post-Covid recovery plan.
Applied to sound, then to image, digitalization has made it possible to shape and transform the objects to which it is applied. Today, the XCAN laser prototype paves the way to new possibilities by proposing the first digital laser, opening up incredible perspectives for shaping spatial and temporal distributions of light.
Connected actin networks generate forces within cells. Despite this fundamental role, their origin remained enigmatic. Alexis Gautreau and his team show that their formation involves the recruitment of a molecular machine, dynactin, which contains actin-like proteins.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought vaccines back to the forefront. They had been for long the neglected branch of the pharmaceutical industry, despite multiple innovations in which start-ups from the X ecosystem have been actively involved.
X-Up, the Ecole Polytechnique incubator, is calling for applications for its 13th promotion, which is open until February 28. X-Up is looking for start-ups in the fields of energy, industry 4.0 and aerospace.
In 2020, École Polytechnique fulfilled its ambitious commitments to make sustainable development a strategic priority. It succeeded in making sustainable development a common purpose for its whole community.
École Polytechnique has adopted a master plan for the future development of its campus. Conducted within the framework of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris), it has been designed in cooperation with the Etablissement public d'aménagement Paris-Saclay and the Palaiseau Town Hall, both involved in the upgrading of the School’s facilities.
While Ecole Polytechnique's priority remains to protect the health of its entire community and to deliver outstanding teaching and research despite the ongoing health crisis, its 2021 priorities look beyond the pandemic.
While it is obvious that plants adapt their growth to the wind, the mechanisms of wind perception still need to be elucidated. In their study, Jean-Marc Allain, Jean-Marie Frachisse and Bruno Moulia, highlight a receptor that transduces movement induced by the wind into an electrical signal at the cellular level.
A gas target called SMOG2 was installed at CERN this summer and will allow the LHCb detector to record new heavy ion collisions in order to better understand quarks and gluons plasma and the strong interaction. The Leprince Ringuet Laboratory, the precursor of this physics program, will be at the forefront of these studies.
Former student of the École Polytechnique, and an important figure in the Chemistry Department, François Mathey passed away last week. Duncan Carmichael, CNRS Researcher in the Molecular Chemistry Laboratory, looks back on his career, which followed an exemplary and inspiring path.