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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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Quantum AI

Quantum AI is a new scientific discipline that investigate the use of quantum computers to support Artificial Intelligence. We are in a slippery area, since on the one hand we know quite a bit on quantum computer at theoretical level but we don’t have, yet, real quantum computers (although we do …

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Hand-held ultrasound diagnostics

A US entrepreneur, Jonathan Rothberg, is betting 100M$ that he can change the way ultrasonic medicine is performed by the end of this decade. His company, Butterfly Network has filed a patent for a chip to produce and analyse ultrasounds. Today ultrasonic equipment is made up of several separate components which make the …

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Paint a sensor on your skin

There are several versions of smart bandages that have been manufactured in the last few years. Their goal is to provide information on the healing progress to a doctor without the need to remove the bandage. This news is about a new version of a smart bandage and to my …

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Chemical gills?

Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have created crystals based on cobalt (their actual structure is quite complex) that can absorb oxygen in an amazing way. A bucket full of these crystals would be able to remove all oxygen from the air of a normal size room. TO release the oxygen …

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Monitoring the brain at neurone level

The quest for understanding the brain is progressing along several directions, from the mapping of connections (the Connectome projects) to the visualisation of a living brain at work. This latter is clearly of most interest but it is also facing a staggering difficulty: looking at the 100 billion neurones and their …

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Making the most out of sunlight

Two months ago I posted the news of a start up that found a way to increase the conversion rate of solar light into electricity by stacking different materials and thus covering more wavelength of light. Now I run onto a news of researchers at the mIT that have found an almost …

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I can see a use for this…

I guess it is not just me… sometimes looking for something at home and not finding it.  And more than once I wished somebody could tell me where I left the key or that screwdriver I happened to use just minutes ago! Researchers at Georgia Tech might have found a solution: …

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The many faces of carbon

Just yesterday I reported the finding of a "magic" paint made of carbon flakes that can make any surface impermeable to fluids and gases. Carbon is indeed a most interesting atoms and scientists are learning to exploit its many configurations that are possibile, some naturally occurring on the Earth (or …

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