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Paint a sensor on your skin

There are several versions of smart bandages that have been manufactured in the last few years. Their goal is to provide information on the healing progress to a doctor without the need to remove the bandage. This news is about a new version of a smart bandage and to my …

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Chemical gills?

Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have created crystals based on cobalt (their actual structure is quite complex) that can absorb oxygen in an amazing way. A bucket full of these crystals would be able to remove all oxygen from the air of a normal size room. TO release the oxygen …

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Monitoring the brain at neurone level

The quest for understanding the brain is progressing along several directions, from the mapping of connections (the Connectome projects) to the visualisation of a living brain at work. This latter is clearly of most interest but it is also facing a staggering difficulty: looking at the 100 billion neurones and their …

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Making the most out of sunlight

Two months ago I posted the news of a start up that found a way to increase the conversion rate of solar light into electricity by stacking different materials and thus covering more wavelength of light. Now I run onto a news of researchers at the mIT that have found an almost …

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I can see a use for this…

I guess it is not just me… sometimes looking for something at home and not finding it.  And more than once I wished somebody could tell me where I left the key or that screwdriver I happened to use just minutes ago! Researchers at Georgia Tech might have found a solution: …

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The many faces of carbon

Just yesterday I reported the finding of a "magic" paint made of carbon flakes that can make any surface impermeable to fluids and gases. Carbon is indeed a most interesting atoms and scientists are learning to exploit its many configurations that are possibile, some naturally occurring on the Earth (or …

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A protective cover a few atoms thick

Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in hexagons, is seen by many as the holy Grail of this decade because of its amazing properties: strengths, conductivity, lightness as well as impermeability to liquid and gases. We already have graphene, what we miss is a way of producing it …

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Beyond Asimov

Asimov, to me, has always represented the most daring vision of a future that although having some sort of scientific underpinning was basically beyond scientific possibility. However, as time goes by some of Asimov ideas drift into the domain of scientific goals that might be achieved. At the same time, the …

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Looking into my genome

As genome sequencing is getting cheaper more and more of us will end up having our genome in our pocket. Having a 2 GB of A-C-G-T strings is not particularly exciting though. What we would like to have is some sort of indication of their meaning, the probability to run …

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