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Printing metals

3D printing has made significant progress in the last 15 years. It used to be a fast prototyping tools, then it moved to industrial manufacturing for special parts that are possible only through 3D printing to a (almost) consumer market product. Now the progress continues in the direction of cheaper …

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Virtual reality can feel more … real

Engineers at Nvidia have found a way to increase the perceived resolution of an image, a video clip, by overlaying two LCD masks on the same screen. Virtual reality goggles, like the ones of Oculus Rift, have the problem that the LCD displays being used are placed too close to the eyes …

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Making hydrogen fuel cheap

Hydrogen is pretty common, both in the Universe (roughly 75% of the baryonic mass of the Universe is H) and on the Earth (it makes up 15% of the crust, oceans included which is what matter to us in terms of being able to get it). It is also a …

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Shaping Graphene

Work is going on in many labs around the world to find industrial processes to produce graphene and make use of it (you can produce graphene yourself by drawing a line with a pencil on a sheet of paper: it is very likely that somewhere in that line there are …

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Mumbling on WAP…

Vacation time, at least for me in an island in the middle of nowhere. The right spot and time for some reading out of the box, like the Weak Anthropic Principles, WAP. In a nutshell the Universe is shaped in such a way that we can be here to observe …

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Forever Young

Remember Bob Dylan (if not refresh your memory with the clip)? "May you stay forever young". At that time if was a way of speaking, at best a way to wish you that in "spirit" you would remain young. But now science is looking seriously into ageing trying to understand …

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Do we need an exascale computer?

In the last 18 months Thiane-2 has kept its position as the fastest supercomputer, crunching data at 33.86 PFLOPS.  This is somewhat unusual since we have been used to see at least every year a brand new supercomputer making the top of the list at the bi-annual conference on Supercomputers. You …

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Learning from a fly

It is not the first time that I am posting a news on scientists looking at how Nature has solved some problem and then trying to replicate the solution in a product. Here the problem is how to detect the direction of a sound. We’ve got two ears and they …

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