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Making it simpler to manufacture graphene

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KIST, have found a way to produce graphene-like layers at a much lower cost through a simpler process based on polymers.  Part of their results was made available through a paper on the Nanoscale magazine in the January 21th edition. Now they are moving …

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I’m shocked!

Really, I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it. I thought it was a joke, somebody was trying to pull my legs. But after visiting a few web site and cross checking it might be true: someone feels he can sell a wristband to check on you and if …

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Moving sensors to get the pulse of Beijing

The quantity of data being generated is staggering and most of it goes under our perception and it is not used. If you think about it, by just walking around with your cell-phone in your purse or in your jacket you are creating positioning data that are amazingly accurate. Basically …

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1 TB on a postage stamp

There was a time when I traveled from Turin to Venice (400 km away) bringing along a card storing 8kB. That card was about 2kg, its size was 30x40cm and the technology used was magnetic-core memory. That was in 1971. I remembered that as I read a news from Rice University on …

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Conquering the single digit nm

The furthering of the Moore’s law in a struct sense (doubling the number of transistors on a chip of a given size) requires shrinking the size of each transistor and in turns the size of the etching. We have reached in 2014 the 14nm scale. Shrinking further to the single …

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Learning together is better. For robots too.

Collaborative learning is more fun and it is also more effective in many cases. But this does not just applies to humans (and several animals too). MIT researchers are making the case for robots too! Their work has been presented in July 2014 at the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence Conference. …

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Looking for batteries in Nature

Life is all about making order out of chaos and this requires energy, or better the transformation of energy from one form to another. These transformation can only take place when the source is available and the destination is available as well… Take a leaf: the photosyntheses starts once there …

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Computational Material Science

When looking at the next decade some predict that it will be characterised by progress on the brain, others by bio-engineering, others by a pervasive computation and communications structure based on objects (IoT) whilst others are envisioning dramatic opportunities brought up by Material Science. It will be probably a bit of each …

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Lending “our stuff” to robots

We have become accustomed to the idea of embedding of prosthetics into our body and to the fact that these are going to become more and more smart (smart pills, smart chips, eventually micro-robots).  Scientists and researchers are also looking into the opposite direction: embedding bio-materials, like cells, into a …

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Do you really want to know?

We are getting more and more health conscious, as more and more science understand metabolisms we are being told not to eat (too much of) this, to eat that, some of us are getting paranoid about what they eat (not me actually). We have seen information on calories and content …

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