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When will we stop driving?

The Open Automotive Alliance, funded by Google and aiming at fostering Self Driving Cars, SDC, had just 6 members in 2014. Now, at the beginning of 2015 the membership has crossed the 50 members thresholds. In parallel in the first three months of  2015 we have seen a variety of announcements …

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Looking at single molecules inside your brain

Joint teams of researchers at the Mc Gill University in Montreal, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Polytechnique Montreal have developed a hand held probe, looking like a pen – see the image -, based on Raman spectroscopy that can detect specific molecules present in cancerous cells. This allows the surgeon …

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Simply Magical

Today’s Women’s Day, and this title seemed fit to me as a recognition to the other half of the sky, as we say in Italy. It also fits quite well with a connection I made yesterday as I was traveling to the South of France under a clear blue sky, …

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2+2? Approximately 4

Researchers at the Queen University, Belfast, have been awarded one million pounds (UK) to develop an approximate computer, a machine that when asked how much is 2+2 would say "somewhere in the range of 4". Actually, it is a bit more complex. A good portion of computer processing is dedicated to …

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First 3D images of a virus

People were awed at the discovery of the molecule of Life, the DNA. Scientists and technologists were awed by the way it was discovered, through x-ray crystallography. Rosalyn Franklin was the chemist expert in x-ray crystallography that provided Watson and Crick the images leading to the understanding of the double-helix …

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Revolutionising prosthetics

DARPA, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, has awarded funding to multiple institutions to work on the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces project (HAPTIX). The aim is to create a prosthetic hand that can be moved by thoughts and can provide a variety of sensation to the brain controlling it. There …

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Printing mechanical sensors

Researchers at the university of Washington have teamed up; engineers and chemists have been working together to invent a way to print, using a 3D printer mechanical sensors. The material changes its structure under stress and this result in color change that can be easily observed. The 3D printer used …

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She looks happy, said the computer

I posted few weeks ago some thoughts on the progress of computers in recognizing objects in an image, in particular I mentioned the image recognition advances made by Google. Now I read a paper written by University of Rochester researchers reporting on the progress made by computers (applications) in recognising emotions present …

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Unexpected (to me) twist on 3D printing

It is really true that for any technology upside there is a dark downside! I run few days ago on this news published by Forbes on the possibility to print a gun in your home, by using a 3D printer. The founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, received a letter from the US …

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Picking up single cells with robotic hand

Nanotech, at least intended in sense of extreme miniaturisation, is making progress as scientists understand better and better the structure of matter and learn how to turn this to their advantage by creating "smart" materials that can react to external stimuli. This is the case of researchers at the Johns …

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