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Looking at the brain through the skull

A significant part of the progress we have seen in the understanding of the brain (which is far by being understood..) derives from technology advances in looking inside a "working" brain. PET and fMRI have allowed the identification of areas in the brain that are involved in the processing of …

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Looking towards self driving cars

All in all I think we are at the top of the hype phase for what regards self driving cars. We have seen a few of them winning challenges, some driving on highways and some negotiating traffic in urban settings. At the 2014 Automated Vehicles Symposium a poll was taken among the …

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Be careful of the Potato Chips bag

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".  I couldn’t help but remember this phrase from Arthur Clarke as I read the MIT news on a way to extract sound from video. Researchers have been able through better and better signal processing to extract information on your pulse by having a cell phone …

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A trillionth of a second

A trillionth of a second is an amazingly short time. A light beam will travel just 0.3mm  in that span of time and light is pretty fast! Even measuring this time span is at the edges of current technology.  I stumbled onto this number reading at a news from MIT describing the …

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It is gradually and then it is suddenly

"How does a man go broke? It is gradually and then it is suddenly!" Hemingway. If you think about it you’ve got to agree with Hemingway famous statement. But then, you can start to ponder on the fact that apparently impossibile attributes, like gradual and sudden, can indeed go hand …

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It is not a free lunch…

We’ve got plenty of CO2 (carbon dioxide), so much as a matter of fact that it may be affecting the climate by blocking the dispersion of heat from the Earth into the space. CO2 is a by product of most industrial activities, of energy transformation (like converting energy from fossil …

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Seeing what you see

In September 2013 I wrote a post on Crowdoptic, a start up that exploited Google Glass to broadcast live events through the "eyes" of many viewers. Now I stumbled onto another news related to Crowdoptic announcing that the start up has created a new application that can let one person, wearing Google Glass, look …

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Listen to your heart

There are quite a few of wristbands equipped with sensors to monitor your heart beats but now LG is looking at a different approach to monitor heart beats and other parameters. Using Valencell technology they are planning to sell earbuds embedding sensors that can monitor heart beats through photoplethysmography, a mechanism that …

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Chasing the Sun

Solar panels need the Sun. As easy as that. And they need "to see" the Sun right above them. As soon as the Sun light is no longer hitting the surface perpendicularly the yield decreases. A 3 kW home installation that gets to the peak at noon will probably generate …

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