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The artificial leaf gets a boost

Three years ago, time flies!, I wrote a post on a research carried out at MIT on a bionic leaf, a leaf that was modified with carbon nanotubes to increase its capacity to convert light into chemical energy. During these three years research has progressed in several research labs and …

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Brain to muscles interface

Brain Computer interfaces are now making the headlines of newspapers around the world. They hit the imagination making miracles possible. At the end of March the news of Bill Kockevar, a 53 year old man paralysed from his shoulders who lost control of his limbs after a bike accident, able …

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Let there be light!

Our small planet shines during the night with billions of lights. It is surely unique in our planetary system an indicator that the Earth is inhabited by a species that have achieved a technology stage enabling the biblical order: "let there be light". Interestingly, observing the Earth and its (our) …

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Another dream comes true

Have you ever dreamt of understanding foreign languages through some magic, invisible device that can whisper the translation in your ears? Dream no more. Technology has made this possible. We have got used to read Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Tagalog through our computer, using Google Translate. This is also available …

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Layering sensors on objects copying form beetles

The next decade is likely to see a profound change in terms of interaction between ourselves and the ambient. Objects are embedding more and more processing capability and this provides them with "awareness" that in turns makes interaction with us much more seamless. However, to get to that point objects …

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Flow battery on a chip

There are many types of batteries available and progress continues in refining the various technologies. This is both accelerating the shift towards electrical power and is the result of the ongoing shift. One is providing steam to the other. The increase power production through renewables, California is already exceeding the …

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