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More progresses in additive manufacturing

Since the very beginning of human history, manufacturing has led the way to the production of wealth (even agriculture has been leveraging on manufacturing progress). Indeed progresses have been enormous but if you look closely the paradigm has remained the same: shaping something large into something smaller with a suitable …

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Watching your cell phone sitting it on your nose

We have seen amazing improvements in smart phones’ screens, with resolution that are now beyond the eye resolution as you watch the screen from a "regular" distance (like 20cm away from your eyes). With the very best resolution screens you won’t be able to see individual pixels even if you …

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Printing an X-ray machine

Printing electronics technology is not new. The idea of using inkjet printer with special ink for printing circuit has been around for a while and has led to a number of electronic circuit printers that are used to print "simple" electronic devices, like RFID tag. As one might expect technology is moving …

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A battery made up of billions batteries

A battery, in general, is a composite made up by identical mini batteries that all together provide the full capacity desired. Depending on the way the mini batteries are connected one another you can have different voltage and current (the capacity being the combination of the two). So saying that …

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Promising use of carbon nanotubes as lamp bulbs

The quest for more efficient conversion of electricity (Watt) into light (Lumens) has produced amazing results in the last decade. The Edison bulb lamp that dominated for a hundred years is not being decommissioned. It could deliver 10-17 Lumens per Watt. Bulb lamps used in public illumination, based on high …

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Using ultrasounds to communicate with chips

Just one week ago I posted a news on using ultrasounds through a hand held device to make this technique available for in field diagnostics. Now, engineers at Stanford University have managed to find a way to power and communicate with medical chips embedded in the body using ultrasounds emitted by …

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It’s a cultural change

A brief outline of the introduction talk I gave yesterday at the EIT ICT Labs Future Network Solutions result day in Stockholm. Network infrastructures were designed to sustain 3 minute call duration 6 times a day – symmetrical traffic and average 1.44 MB per transaction. And nice names like Erlang …

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The device is the Network

I attended yesterday the Idea Challenge of the EIT ICT Labs in Stockholm focussing on Internet of Things. Many interesting ideas, as well as several presentations from start ups. Out of these I have been impressed by the slogan of one of them, Connode: The device is the network. The solution …

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Brooding about my genome in the cloud….

Just few days ago I met with a professor in Milan who told me about his work on creating a language to access genomes to study, through data mining, their meaning. This is becoming possibile because more and more genomes are being sequentialised (the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has stated …

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A new diagnostic tool for detecting cancer

Researchers at the University of Kansas have announced the development of a lab-on-a-chip that can detect early cancer with a non invasive procedure. All cells expel tiny sacs during their life, called exosomes. To get an idea on how small they are think that they a thousand times smaller than the thickness …

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