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Boosting Verilog to program bacteria

This is really amazing! Researchers at MIT have found a way to bridge information technology and genetic engineering. It is now a few years that scientists have pointed out the possibility to use DNA strings as basic logic gates. This has also been proved through experiments and in a way molecular computers …

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Artificial intelligence looks at natural one

The next decade will be, according to many observers, the decade of the brain. The advance on our understanding of the brain is fuelled by the availability of tools that allow scientists to look inside the brain. There are ongoing projects, in Europe and in the US, aiming at looking …

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Learning the tools of the trade

If you have ever looked at a cell through a microscope you would have seen clustering of things like vesicles, membranes… To see the components of these structures you would need an electron microscope and at that point you get higher resolution but you are missing a 3D view that …

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Virtual Reality enables new art expression

The "medium" has always been an integral component of art expression, along with the tools available. The walls of caves in the Sulawesi Islands 35,000 years ago were the canvas to artists and the plants/shells around them provided the tools to express their emotions and free their creativity. Over the …

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A million times better

If you are like me you can’t imagine something that weights 1 quadrillionth of a nanogram. That is 1/100,000,000,000,000 of a billionth of a gram! That is the weight of molecules that doctors would like to intercept to detect early signs of cancer. It looks like an impossibile feat, yet …

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Brain inspired supercomputer

IBM developed back in 2014 the chip SyNapse (on DARPA funding for the project named -guess what- SyNAPSE) mimicking neurones and their interconnections in a brain. It had 1 million neurones equivalent capacity with 256 million synapses (using 5.6 billion transistors). In 2015 they designed TrueNorth, an evolution of Synapse, with an amazingly low …

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At the core of life …

Back in 2010 scientists managed to create the first artificial cell, that means a cell that does not exist in nature and that has the capability of sustaining metabolic equilibrium and reproduce (I have inserted the link to the news as published by the Wall Street Journal to emphasise the potential economic …

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