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Shaping Graphene

Work is going on in many labs around the world to find industrial processes to produce graphene and make use of it (you can produce graphene yourself by drawing a line with a pencil on a sheet of paper: it is very likely that somewhere in that line there are …

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Mumbling on WAP…

Vacation time, at least for me in an island in the middle of nowhere. The right spot and time for some reading out of the box, like the Weak Anthropic Principles, WAP. In a nutshell the Universe is shaped in such a way that we can be here to observe …

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Forever Young

Remember Bob Dylan (if not refresh your memory with the clip)? "May you stay forever young". At that time if was a way of speaking, at best a way to wish you that in "spirit" you would remain young. But now science is looking seriously into ageing trying to understand …

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Do we need an exascale computer?

In the last 18 months Thiane-2 has kept its position as the fastest supercomputer, crunching data at 33.86 PFLOPS.  This is somewhat unusual since we have been used to see at least every year a brand new supercomputer making the top of the list at the bi-annual conference on Supercomputers. You …

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Learning from a fly

It is not the first time that I am posting a news on scientists looking at how Nature has solved some problem and then trying to replicate the solution in a product. Here the problem is how to detect the direction of a sound. We’ve got two ears and they …

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SyNapse has moved up one notch

On August 7th, 2014, IBM has introduced the new Neurosynaptic Chip, a significant step beyond the one launched in 2011. This chip contains 5.4 billion transistors, one of the largest chip ever designed, that emulate the working of 1 million + neurones and 256 million synapses with 4,096 neurosynaptic cores. Mind you. It …

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Would you care for two extra thumbs?

Ever happened to have something slipping from your hand? A better grip sometimes would be good to have. On the other hand it never happened to me (what about you) to desire an extra thumb for a better grip. The fact is that we are so used with a 5 …

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Generating steam from sun light

Sun light is harvested by photovoltaic plants and it is also used to heat up water and other materials (like sodium) to generate electricity.  The photovoltaic conversion of light energy into electrical energy has improved but it is still low (in the best condition as of September 2013 the maximum …

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Looking into the future through the eye

Alzheimer disease affects many people, in the US 1 out of 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer or other dementia pathologies, every 67" one person in the US gets the disease. So far there is no cure, although some measures to slow down progress area available. One of the issues today is …

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