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Optical Reservoir Computing

Reservoir Computing is a paradigm that mimics, to a certain extent, the way our brain processes and store information and learning in the process. It is likely a paradigm for the "conoscenti" only but nevertheless one that can lead to interesting applications in the future to create emerging information. In …

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Creating circuits out of random nano tubes

Carbon nanotubes are very good conductor but… they are pretty short, just a few µm max. Hence to create a circuit you would need many of them and most importantly they should be aligned to make contact. Unfortunately this is not easy. I posted a news just the other day …

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Just another way to track you!

As privacy awareness grows people are getting more cautious about their identity being tracked and the smart phone in your hand can be configured in such a way that in using apps it does not reveal who you are. Can it? Well, it turns out from a study carried out in cooperation …

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Lighting up single molecules

It is amazing to see the ingenuity of researchers in moving further and further ahead. From the first attempt to look at the infinitesimally small by Antoine van Leeuwenhoek in the XVII century scientists have invented better and better ways to look at living cells and inside the a living cell.  Now …

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Entanglement

As economy relies more and more on digital transactions their security becomes more and more important. PKC, Public Key Cryptography, is the leading technology for ensuring transaction security. It was invented in 1976 and it is based on the complexity of finding the factors in a very large number. Even the …

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The donkey hat is evolving …

Not sure if this heading makes any sense to you… When I went at the primary school (that was eons ago) and I failed a test sometimes the teacher would place a "donkey hat" on me. The hat was a paper cone with a writing on it saying "Somaro", that …

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Creating nanoscale patterns for secure Id

Creating a secure identification for the many products being sold remains a challenge. You want to have a secure identity, impossibile to duplicate, and you also want to have it cheap so that it can really be used.  There is basically nothing that cannot be reproduced, but the point is …

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The “clinical” eye…

There is a growing number of easy to perform tests detecting a variety of conditions that can be taken at home or in areas without specific medical assistance. They are based on the analyses of a body fluid, like saliva, blood or urine, performed by a small strip of paper …

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Talking about flexible electronics…

Just yesterday I posted a news on the creation of a stretchable and bendable antenna and I mentioned that it represents an important component in wearable electronics. These latter have been improved considerably resulting in circuits on a plastic substrata that can be easily bended. The "density" of these "plastic …

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