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How do you tell a dog from a cat?

Well, you just tell! When you are with your toddler you show him a cat and you just say: "look at that cat". On the other hand if a dog passes by you would tell him: "Hey, look at that dog". And in a little while (a few months, actually) your …

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Seeing through sounds

Our brain creates representation of ourselves and of the ambient around us. The representation of ourselves is made through proprioceptors, "sensors" that inform the brain on the position of our limbs, our head, our body. The representation of the ambient takes place mostly through our eyes. That is not the …

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Of course, it is here!

After the growing availability of 4k televisions and Apple Mac Pro supporting 4k rendering and screens it was just a matter of "what are they waiting for", with they meaning the digital camera manufacturers! And here we have the fist DSRL camera announce, the DMC-GH4 from Panasonic, to deliver 4k video (actually the …

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Like Clockwork

I have followed the evolution of technology for the sequencing of the (human) genome for quite a few years now and there was a milestone to be reached by 2014: the 1,000$ cost for a complete genome sequencing. That is 10 years after the first sequencing at a cost of …

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What do you mean by “city”?

If I don’t ask you you know what a city is, but if I ask you you don’t. This happens in many areas where there are many possibile definitions that you really never consider in everyday life but as you start to think about it then you see that many …

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Pixel: as small as it can get!

Pixels, those little points of light you see on a television screen today, have become smaller and smaller. The technology(ies) used to create these pixels has evolved and that has resulted in their shrinking. Evolution has led to more accurate colour rendering, more brightness, larger viewing angles and lower consumption. …

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Cyborgs just got a bit nearer …

A cyborg is a mixture of an organism and an artificial component strongly integrated. You are not a cyborg because you are wearing glasses, not even Google glass, but you might be considered a cyborg if you are wearing a chip in your eyes. These add on are, so far, aiming …

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It’s old, it needs to be replaced!

It might have happened to you: your car no longer starts and the diagnoses is: your battery is old, it has to be replaced.  This is quite normal. After a certain number of charge-discharge cycles batteries lose the capability to store energy. Usually they degrade genlty up to a point when …

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Ever considered Quinones?

I had to catch your eye… Unless you are a fan of chemistry it is unlikely that you are fluent in … quinones. They are organic compounds and if you really want to know more about them click on the link for a Wikepedia article. Although the name might feel strange …

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Your retina is the screen!

I remember long time ago sitting by a lab bench at the University of Washington in Seattle wearing a bulking device that was beaming a laser on my retina painting on it a page of written text. I remember how impressed I was in being able to read “without” glasses. …

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