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Using graphene for OLED electrodes for the first time

The Fraunhofer Institute, Germany, has announced that a team of its researchers have been able to create electrode for OLED (Organic Light Emitting Display) using graphene. The electrodes (see them in the picture) have an area of 2×1 cm. The innovation is in the process "invented" to create the graphene electrodes. The …

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The importance of geometry in materials…

MIT researchers have found a way to create 3D objects with 2D layers of graphene. Graphene is like a sheet one carbon atom thick, as thin as it gets, so we may say it is a 2D object (it is not alone, scientists have managed to create a few other 1-atom thick layers …

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AI at work to predict car accidents

Taking decision when driving seems a seamless process to us. Actually, we are (almost) able to do that as we are engaging in conversation with our passengers apparently without really paying attention to the road. Our brain performs plenty of "computations" in parallel and most of that is not perceived unless …

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Self building the tiniest conducting nanowire

At the core of nanotechology is the capability of self construction. Researchers keep looking at ways to have molecules coming together spontaneously (or through a conducive ambient) to form desired architectures. In Nature we have plenty of examples, crystals are an obvious one but also the tendency of our hair …

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Are you ready for an iBoss?

Blue collars are feeling the heat of automation. As robots become more flexible and pervasive many jobs can be taken up by them, both physical robots and specialised software. White collars jobs are also starting to be threatened by ever more sophisticated software and by process re-engineering that simply scrap the …

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Gut feeling: connecting the brain to the gut

The English expression "Gut feeling" stands for getting a hunch without a rational reason, like the brain is not involved in the process but at the same time it gets the sensation from something inside "us". In Italian we have a similar saying, "di pancia". Well, researchers at University of …

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Getting ready for drones invasion

Drones sales are now counted in millions. In 2016 over one million drones were sold in the US (that is twice the number of 2015) and more are expected to be sold in 2017, as new models are appearing. At Nanyang University in Singapore a 4 year project in underway to address the problem …

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3D printing a house

3D printing houses is nothing new, although it is not commonplace. However, so far 3D printing a house was either made by printing parts of the house in a factory where the 3D printer was or by assembling a 3D printer on site. Now a Dutch company, CyBe Construction, is offering a 3D printer able to …

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Tracing movement with a suit

Several years ago I visited the lab of Don Marinelli, at that time professor at CMU. He showed me his studies on capturing the human body motion to replicate them in synthetic characters for movies. He had a lab equipped with several video cameras hanging from the ceiling and he …

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