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Robo-Scientist

Robots have been replacing blue collars in several activities, electronic components assembly is mostly robotised today, as it is the case in the car manufacturing industry. Robots are being used in performing "tricky" surgery, but they are either guided by a surgeon or they have been programmed by a surgeon. …

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A new form of graphene discovered

Graphene, that magical one atom thick layer of carbon that has so many interested properties is made by a repeating pattern of six carbon atoms foreign hexagons. Now researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered another form of graphene where the layer is composed by repeated pentagon patterns. They called it penta-graphene. The …

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Human eye resolution

Canon has announced at the CP+ event in Yokohama the development of a 120Mpixels sensors for full frame digital cameras. So far it is not clear when such a sensors will be powering a Canon camera. In the announcement Canon hints at possible use in space, video production and aviation …

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Magnetic Graphene

We tend to associate magnetism to iron or similar metallic materials. As a matter of fact magnetism occurs any time there is a prevalence in the orientation of each atom magnetic field into a single direction. Normally, atoms have their magnetic field oriented at random and the net result is …

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Innovation is about use, not about sales

Yesterday I thought the opening lesson at a Master on Forecasting, I am teaching technology forecast, at the Trento University. A point that I made, and I want to share with you here, is that innovation is not so much about "sales" it is about "use". Of course as an …

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That rumble? It’s a motor in my stomach!

You surely have been embarrassed, once in a while, by your stomach rumble, at least I had. But you might have a tech excuse at hand in the near future.  At the university of San Diego researchers have made the first successful experimentation of a motor that can be placed in your …

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Looking back

If we stop for a moment and look back at the progress made in the last 60 years it is mind boggling. Sixty years ago, it was 1955, the very first commercial transistors were appearing on the market, although the vacuum tube still reigned. And if you measure a (small) …

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That worm has a good memory!

Yesterday I published a news on the way ICT is helping in understanding the shaping of brain structures as fall out of genome variations. Now I have stumbled onto a study carried out by Princeton University that has been looking to identify genes related to long term memory. It is a bit …

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Big Data to peer into our brains

In a paper published on Nature on January 21st (submitted in April 2014) an international team of researchers point out a discovery of a pool of genes that influence brain structures. This opens up the way to an understanding on how brain structures form and their variations, thus providing the first scientific …

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The Blending of Atoms and Bits: MS’s HoloLens

Last month, January 2015, Microsoft has announced HoloLens, as part of the holographic capabilities supported by Windows 10. You can take a look at the two video clips here, the first providing a suggestion on what our life might be like once we don the HoloLens, the second explaining the technology …

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