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Soft or hard, at will.

Let’s clear the table immediately. This blog is about technology, so no second meaning please. Just three days ago I posted a news on work being done to embed electronics in soft materials so that one can provide a skin like cover to a robot, able to perceive touch and …

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Mr. Freud step back!

It is not longer science fiction nor about "if" but about "when". Researchers are working to create an implantable device that can be controlled wirelessly to interact with neurones. The goal is to monitor neuronal activity and to influence neural activity to recover lost memories. The research, RAM: Restoring Active …

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Towards “soft” machines

Whenever we think about a machine we think about something stiff, with hard surfaces. This goes back to the first machines, the steam looms, in the XVIII century and ever since machines have been made with iron, steel and other materials that are stiff. On the other hand, you, me and …

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Making it simpler to manufacture graphene

Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KIST, have found a way to produce graphene-like layers at a much lower cost through a simpler process based on polymers.  Part of their results was made available through a paper on the Nanoscale magazine in the January 21th edition. Now they are moving …

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I’m shocked!

Really, I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it. I thought it was a joke, somebody was trying to pull my legs. But after visiting a few web site and cross checking it might be true: someone feels he can sell a wristband to check on you and if …

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Moving sensors to get the pulse of Beijing

The quantity of data being generated is staggering and most of it goes under our perception and it is not used. If you think about it, by just walking around with your cell-phone in your purse or in your jacket you are creating positioning data that are amazingly accurate. Basically …

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1 TB on a postage stamp

There was a time when I traveled from Turin to Venice (400 km away) bringing along a card storing 8kB. That card was about 2kg, its size was 30x40cm and the technology used was magnetic-core memory. That was in 1971. I remembered that as I read a news from Rice University on …

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Conquering the single digit nm

The furthering of the Moore’s law in a struct sense (doubling the number of transistors on a chip of a given size) requires shrinking the size of each transistor and in turns the size of the etching. We have reached in 2014 the 14nm scale. Shrinking further to the single …

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