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The Saga of Research vs Innovation

1. Two worlds divided by a common goal I have been working for over 40 years now in the environment of research and, as years went by, more and more pressure was put (on researchers) to make sure their research results could generate revenues, in other terms can create innovation …

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The best of both worlds?

At MWC in Barcelona many new cell phones were presented. Among these one from Yotaphone, a Russian company that is proposing a dual screen phone, one screen with high resolution color, the other using eInk technology. The former is nice to see, the latter does not drain your battery. As you …

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Dirac was right

In 1931 Dirac, a physicist that used math to discover reality, predicted the existence of the monopole, a magnet that differently form all magnets ever observed had only one pole, North OR South, not North AND South. On the contrary to the prediction of the antimatter that was soon found …

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A new sort of loom!

One of the most important invention of mankind was the loom. A machine (powered by man till the industrial revolution) that could weave threads into a fabric. We take fabric for granted nowadays but indeed it was an amazing feat to create it and invent the machine for producing it. …

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Cooling down that chip at nano-level

As transistor shrinks, chips become more and more dense and in spite of the lower powering and increased efficiency the heat that needs to be dissipated increases. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found a way to create a strong covalent bond between carbon nano cube and metallic …

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Looking for cheaper solutions

Energy harvesting remains, one of the big challenges facing humanity for the coming decades. And no silver bullet is in sight.  However scientists and researchers keep making tiny steps on many trails for better harvesting energy at lower and lower cost. And some keep using Nature as a source of …

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Allometry: does it apply to Smart Cities?

Allometry is the the study of the change in proportion of various parts of an organism as a consequence of growth. It was first applied to living organisms to study the relation of volume to shape to behaviour. A first very interesting result was obtained by Kleiber who found out in …

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SCHAFT is good, but I am better!

In December last year, just before Christmas, SCHAFT, a robot developed by SHAFT, a Japanese company recently bought by Google, won the Darpa Robotic Challenge, clearly defeating the other contenders. The robots competed over 8 different tasks and SCHAFT won 4 of them totalling 27 points, the second won 2 and got 20 …

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Guess who is learning on the web?

The web is a space where most of activities is the result of bots, software widgets that continuously roam the cyberspace. What you find through Google is the result of bots that have discovered that piece of information. But, ad the edges of the web, where terminals and apps are, …

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