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A different sort of molecular computer

Molecular computers are using molecules to perform some computations. You cannot expect them to tell you how much 2+2 would be, unless you are happy with a result such as: “well there is a good probability that it makes 4 but of course it can also be 5 or 3 …

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Organs on a chip

At the turn of this decade several research teams have produced organs on a chip, that is devices that can model the working (from a chemical point of view) of a human organ, like a liver or a kidney. These chips are based on micro-fluidic technology and some are using …

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Looking at the Future through the Past

I run into an article on The Economist that caught my attention. I was actually looking at the kind of global progress we have experienced as mankind in our history and it is good to see that we have made incredible progress in many areas, life expectancy and wellbeing, education, …

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Farming, it’s a robot job!

For most of our human history agriculture has provided the most of employment. Depending on the Country over half, and up to two third, of the population was farming. This started to change with the development of commerce in the XVII century and changed even more with the Industrial Revolution …

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Lick to power …

Over the years I posted a number of news on “labs on a chip”, that is the creation of diagnostic chips that can detect viruses and bacteria. These are particularly useful in areas where it is very difficult to reach a diagnostic lab and quite significant progress was made in …

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Lending your brain to a robot

Leonardo (daVinci) is a robot that has been in use for quite a while allowing surgeons to perform operations that go beyond their “physical” capability. With Leonardo a surgeon can make incisions at the sub mm level, suture capillaries and so on. This feat is made possible on the one hand …

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Fake? Worse! It’s a meme

I just read an interesting, and thought provoking article, on Wired.  My reading came after a few months of headlines reporting on the problem of fake news, the latest referring to the terrible shooting that took place in Las Vegas. In Wired the journalist takes a different tack. The photo …

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Skyrmions are getting a little closer …

Progress in silicon based storage continues, in spite of having reached, basically, the limits in CMOS technology (we are at 10nm and any further shrinking is facing huge technological hurdles and, more important, skyrocketing cost) by layering silicon over silicon creating 3D structures. This will keep increasing storage capacity for …

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Getting 5G in your sweater

5G is going to be a sort of umbrella connecting a variety of things using different frequencies and different protocols. IoT will be part of the 5G “ecosystems” and the evolution of materials and production processes promises to extend the range of objects that can be IoT, by embedding electronics, …

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