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It stretches like skin

Plastic electronics keeps making progress. At EPFL researchers have created a conductor that can be stretched up to four times its length maintaining its conductivity. This means that you can place this conductor on a sheet of plastic and it will work as the plastic sheet is bended and stretched (take a …

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Extremely low power WiFi

WiFi is now ubiquitous, in the sense that many devices have WiFi embedded and there are millions of WiFi areas all over the world. A 2015 statistics indicated over 50 million public WiFi hot spots in the world with an expected growth to 340 million by 2018 (that is one hot spot …

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Social Media are pink

It is March 8th, time for celebrating the other half of the sky. Women are taking the upper hand in Social Media.  According to Pew Report on the Demographic of Social Media among people connected to Internet 77% of women are on Facebook 44% are on Pinterest and 31% on Instagram. Compare with 66% 16% and …

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Would you trust a robot?

Robots have been part of people imagination for almost a hundred years, I guess every persons (or most of them) knows the word robot and has an idea of what it is often associating the word with an anthropomorphic shape (a robot-man). In these last few years, however, robots have …

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As artificial as it gets

Do you remember the ads for Flight Simulator? Every new version provided better graphics and better feeling of flying the real thing. According to Microsoft it was "as real as it gets". This claim came to mind as I am seeing the announcement of several products that provide a variety …

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The more we discover, the more questions we have

Our brain has always been seen as a very complex system, from the very first time scientists identified it as the organ controlling all the rest, including thoughts. In these last hundred years scientists have discovered a lot about the brain, including the fact that there are strong commonalities among …

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A magic wand protecting your home network

Our home, inconspicuously, is becoming a real network with several devices connected. Think about your Internet gateway serving as access point your phones, the television(s), home desktop computer, laptops, tablets … Then add your back up system (like Apple time machine on an AirPort), the home security system the electronic …

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Swarmbots

The can of worms is open.  Bio-engineering has become a tool that many can use and misuse. And concern is real. Technologies like CRISPR allows the manipulation of genes with a level of complexity that is manageable to many labs. The consequences of these manipulations may be more difficult to …

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Droning Drones

Drones have shifted from military domain to toys and are filling all the space in between! There are drones to follow your kid as he goes to school, other being used by artists to paint graffiti in otherwise unreachable places, others that can videotape your wedding from and unusual point …

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Producing more, earning less…

I stumbled onto a few graphics produced by the Economic Policy Institute (they are not new, published in January 2015) and then I read a few comments on the topic of the differential between increase in productivity and increase in wages. What made me look for different points of view was the …

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