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Micro-supercapacitors based on graphene

Batteries are still the weak part in any portable electronic system, despite of the progress made in their chemistry. One of the weakest point is the time it takes to recharge them. Supercapacitors, basically condenser, on the other hand can be recharged in a blink of an eye but the …

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Making sense out of the genome sequencing

When reading this news I was reminded of an old wisdom thought saying: "be careful on what you ask because you might get it". Indeed, we have been looking for faster and cheaper ways to sequentialise the genome, and now we are getting real close to be able to the affordability of …

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Augmented reality on ski

Ride On has started a fund raising campaign on Indiegogo on January 20 targeting 75,000$ to develop augmented reality goggle specifically designed for skiers (and even more specifically for snowboarders). As of February 18th they had managed to harvest 89,146$ and the campaign is open till March 21st. The bidding …

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First silicene transistor

Researchers at the university of Austin, Texas, have managed to create the first transistor using silicene, the equivalent of graphene but based on silicon atoms. Silicene till last decade was just a theoretical material. Now it is available and  researchers have started to play with it and at Austin they have managed …

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My cell phone, my test lab!

I have posted over these six years a number of news showing the use of a cell phone to perform diagnostic activities. This is just one more, although the diagnostics performed are way more complex than the previous ones. A team of researchers at the Columbia University have created a "test kit" …

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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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