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Electric cars carbon footprint

I am involved in a group in Turin, Italy, setting up a lab for sustainable mobility and there is lot of talks on hydrogen as a fuel, electrical vehicles (of different sorts) all of this under the umbrella of sustainability, lower CO2 emission, circular economy. The more you look into …

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Splitting pixels for faster autofocus

I still remember my first film camera (I was really proud of having a camera!). It had an optical indicator that as I turned the focus ring on the lens showed a detailed area in the frame split in two that recomposed into a single image once the focus was …

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A project for a sustainable city

Just few days ago I had a conf call with Janet Garcia, Founder and CEO of Bleutech Park. (I inserted in “italics” sentences taken verbatim from Janet). This is a moonshot project aiming at developing a self-sustainable city by leveraging the most advanced technology that is at the same time …

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Paperless Factory

It is probably more than 20 years that I have been hearing about the paperless office. At the turn of the century I was still working in a research centre of a Telecom Operator and there was a general agreement that paper was about to disappear. What I saw what …

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Start ups fail because they don’t succeed

Yes, I know, this is the statement of the obvious, a Lapalissade (although La Palice’s phrase was misunderstood: he said “If he weren’t dead, he would still be envied” but that, in French, sounded as “If he weren’t dead, he would still be alive”). This post was prompted by a …

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A beautiful view of Internet evolution

The Internet was designed as a loose interconnection of nodes (computers) that can be added in an un-coordinated way, provided they all communicated using the IP protocol and following the standardised addressing scheme. Because the addition is not coordinated and the links (both physical and logical) among the various nodes …

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The pervasive impact of Biotech – V

Synthetic Biology was born at the turn of the century but it got serious in 2010 when researchers at the JCVI (J.Craig Venter Institute) were able to create, by syntheses, the first fully working bacteria genome. The problem facing synthetic biology was to move from “syntheses by chance” to an …

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