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Looking at a force!

I still remember my awe at seeing atoms for the first time. It was back in 1989 when IBM using a scanning tunneling microscope managed to manipulate single atoms (and demonstrated it by writing IBM by pushing xeon atoms around). Now I revive that amazement by reading that scientists at …

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Looking ahead to 2050 – Symbiotic Autonomous Systems I

The Future Direction Committee FDC of the IEEE in consultation with IEEE Societies, is kicking off a new Initiative on Symbiotic Autonomous Systems. What are these “Symbiotic Autonomous Systems”? It is nothing really new, in the sense that the history of human civilization has been characterized by the continuous interplay …

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3D printing skin

Researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid announced the availability of a 3D printer that can print fully functional skin. It is described in a paper on IOP Science. It is not the first printer printing skin, actually it is now a few years that printers are being used …

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There’s more than Teddy Bears ….

Just last week I reported on a nice Teddy Bear (a Teddy Elephant, actually) developed by "Politecnico di Milano" to listen to a kid and help an analyst to get better insight on the kid situation and his evolution as result of the therapy.  I pointed out that this kind …

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Understanding proteins’ 3D structures

Proteins are fundamental to life on our Planet, and are also crucial in our wellbeing (and that goes as well for all life on Earth). Proteins interact in ways that are dependant on their "shape": contrary to what it would be normally expected their properties are not a consequence of …

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