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Engineered bacteria for a “gut” feeling

We are seeing the first signs of what the future two decades will be: the convergence of bioengineering with electronics  and the shift from curative medicine to proactive health care. Researchers at MIT have created an ingestible sensors by transforming bacteria into detectors of specific molecules that can signal their …

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Self driving vehicles: a disruption in the making II

After considering the disruption brought by the shift from horse based transportation to combustion engine based transportation let’s consider what might be in store in the coming two decades as we will shift to autonomous vehicles (mostly electrically powered). I already addressed in general terms this looming disruption in a …

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Re-inventing the battery for super fast recharge

It is almost 220 years since Alessandro Volta invented the “pile” (1799 ad) and although amazing progress has been made the overall architecture of a “battery” has remained pretty similar to that first “pile” (“pila” in Italian, meaning a structure made by many layers, layered one over the other). You …

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Research is easier than Innovation …

Now, don’t take me wrong. I don’t mean to say that doing “good” research is easy nor that research is not addressing “tough” issues (actually some are so tough that they might even don’t have a solution!). Innovation is tougher because some aspects that innovators have to face are beyond …

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Nano particles as sensor in the brain

Many feel that the next decade will be the one of the brain, reaching a tipping point where we will eventually understand how the brain works. A number of mega-projects are active each one following a slightly different approach. All of them require more raw data on what it is …

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