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A genetic nightmare…

Life has been around for over 3 billion years but it took a very long time for life to invent “sex”. Sex was a great invention (don’t smile, I am not referring to what you are thinking) because it provided a most effective way to create diversity: mixing the genes …

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20% of 70% is now covered

I took my last flight on March 12th, 2020, then I got grounded by the pandemic. To make up for it I decided to fly from my home using a Cessna provided by X-Plane and so far I already covered over 80,000 miles covering part of Europe, Middle East, Asia, …

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Robotics: learning from spiders

Nature had billion of years to try solutions and select the ones that worked best. The process has been completely random hence resulting in many dead-end, but what we see around us is something that has worked out. It might seem impossible that something as complex as an eye can …

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Going beyond impossible: 2nm chip technology

Today’s most advanced  chip technology is based on a 5nm (5 billionth of a meter) thickness of etching. For comparison the first Intel 4040 was using a 10µm technology (2,000 times “thicker”!). Going beyond that raises many issues that have led to the assumption of “close to impossible”. Going below …

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The amazing power consumption behind bitcoins

I for sure, but possibly you as well, have the distorted perception that bits do not consume anything: they do not consume “space” they are fickle and do not consume power. Of course everything proves the contrary: our devices aer getting full and they need to recharge often. When I …

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Automotive: disruptions ahead – II

That data are going to play a major role in the future of automotive, both as tools to streamline several activities (like proactive maintenance, safety and security, traffic management and even design hints for future releases) and as a way to deliver new services (car as a service, transportation as …

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Automotive: disruptions ahead – I

That the whole sector of automotive is heading towards a disruption, is a given, no one is disputing it. Opinions may differ on when, surely not on its occurrence. Actually, it will not be a clear cut thresholds rather a fuzzy area experiencing and accelerated rate of change: shift from …

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