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Mumbling on WAP…

Vacation time, at least for me in an island in the middle of nowhere. The right spot and time for some reading out of the box, like the Weak Anthropic Principles, WAP. In a nutshell the Universe is shaped in such a way that we can be here to observe …

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Forever Young

Remember Bob Dylan (if not refresh your memory with the clip)? "May you stay forever young". At that time if was a way of speaking, at best a way to wish you that in "spirit" you would remain young. But now science is looking seriously into ageing trying to understand …

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Do we need an exascale computer?

In the last 18 months Thiane-2 has kept its position as the fastest supercomputer, crunching data at 33.86 PFLOPS.  This is somewhat unusual since we have been used to see at least every year a brand new supercomputer making the top of the list at the bi-annual conference on Supercomputers. You …

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Learning from a fly

It is not the first time that I am posting a news on scientists looking at how Nature has solved some problem and then trying to replicate the solution in a product. Here the problem is how to detect the direction of a sound. We’ve got two ears and they …

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SyNapse has moved up one notch

On August 7th, 2014, IBM has introduced the new Neurosynaptic Chip, a significant step beyond the one launched in 2011. This chip contains 5.4 billion transistors, one of the largest chip ever designed, that emulate the working of 1 million + neurones and 256 million synapses with 4,096 neurosynaptic cores. Mind you. It …

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Would you care for two extra thumbs?

Ever happened to have something slipping from your hand? A better grip sometimes would be good to have. On the other hand it never happened to me (what about you) to desire an extra thumb for a better grip. The fact is that we are so used with a 5 …

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Generating steam from sun light

Sun light is harvested by photovoltaic plants and it is also used to heat up water and other materials (like sodium) to generate electricity.  The photovoltaic conversion of light energy into electrical energy has improved but it is still low (in the best condition as of September 2013 the maximum …

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Looking into the future through the eye

Alzheimer disease affects many people, in the US 1 out of 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer or other dementia pathologies, every 67" one person in the US gets the disease. So far there is no cure, although some measures to slow down progress area available. One of the issues today is …

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This I would not have imagined…

OK, drones are becoming the talk of the town in the last few months. I saw proposals to use drones to deliver parcels (Amazon) and proposals to use drones in an emergency situation (to deliver first aid kits or to survey a disaster area looking for survivors or people in danger) and …

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Sensing tiny molecules

To find out what molecules are present in a material we use spectroscopy. It goes back to Newton and his observation that a beam of white light passing through a quarz crystal, or through a glass, gets refracted into many colours. In better physical terms, each type of material has a …

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