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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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Now, this is a personal Cloud!

There is a lot of talking on Cloud, distributed, personalised…. and I am part of it in the everyday activities at the EIT ICT Labs where "Cloud" is one of our activity areas. But our Clouds are made of bits, the Cloud I saw in the news is made, as it should, …

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Who would have guessed 10 years ago?

Ten years ago, it was 2004, Nokia claimed to be the world largest camera manufacturer, since the number of cameras in cell phones easily overshadowed the ones of Nikon and Canon. However the claim was taken as a laughing stock, it was clear that digital cameras in cell phones were a …

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That’s really slow motion…

My digital camera can take some 6 frames per second and when in movie mode it can go up to 30 frames per second.  It is not one of the best in this respect. There are a few point and shoot that can go up to 1,000 frames per second! …

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Black as a moth eye

Sometimes I run into a scientific/research news that hooks me up not for the result obtained, although they are usually noteworthy, but for the “tools” and methods used to achieve those results. And this is a point in case. Researchers at the University of Rochester, NY, have used a laser …

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Chasing the fountain of youth

The dream of eternal youth probably goes back to the times were hominids became aware of ageing and didn’t like it. Herodotus in the V Century BC reported of a fountain of youth, that unfortunately was never found. The dream sells pretty well: in 2014 the cosmetic industry generated in the US market …

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Get ready for “trixels”

It is now at least 50 years that scientists have some tools to create a 3D image on an object (holography goes back to the invention of the laser, although the principles goes further back to the electronic microscopy) but so far we haven’t found a perfect solution. Even the …

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