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A new approach to photovoltaic panels

Present photovoltaic panels today are made from silicon, exploiting its semiconductor properties to absorb photons and mobilising electrons (a phenomenon that was discovered almost 200 years ago, in 1839 by Bequerel, and explained by Einstein who actually got the Nobel Prize for this, and not for his relativity theory…). Carbon …

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From brain to legs, via a computer

Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) have been the subject of several of my posts. Indeed, the progress in this area has reached the point where more and more applications are enabled. Controlling robots (including exoskeleton) with the brain has been demonstrated several times, controlling a pointer on a display has also become …

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Mirror mirror on the wall…

Once upon a time it was: Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all? Now it is: Data Analytics. Data are piling up at an incredible pace and we are learning to extract, and in several instances create, information. I mentioned a week ago that Foursquare by …

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Brain to brain communications

At the university of Washington research is progressing in the brain to brain communications interface. I already posted news on their results and here is the most recent one. They have succeeded in transmitting information from one brain to another via a communication link (internet) using a simple protocol of "Yes" or …

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Quantum Teleportation over 100km

With Quantum Teleportation we mean the transport of unknown quantum information from two points. Notice that because of the "strangeness" of quantum physics you cannot "read" the quantum properties of an entity, like a photon, and then transmit them since by reading them you alter them…  The very fact that …

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Optical Chip Memory

Researchers at the University of Exeter collaborated with colleagues at the Münster University to develop the first full optical chip memory. Light has been used to transmit data since thousands of years and more recently scientists have been able to funnel laser beams into optical fibres reaching amazing transport capacity, now …

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Looking back at the magic of life

Only 150 years have passed since Darwin had the intuition that all life forms on Earth were related through ancestors that over million of years diverged to create the variety of life we see today (that is just a tiny fraction of the life forms that populated the planet over …

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