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WiFi and Selfies on Mars

At New Years Eve the Tianwen-1 Mars Orbiter mission team decided to celebrate the new year in a most unique way, releasing the selfies taken by the orbiter as it approached Mars, flying over its North Pole (watch the clip). These amazing images were taken with a digital camera (not …

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From “railways” to “paintways”

How would you call a railway where the rails are replaced by paint? Probably not “paintways” but that’s the best I was able to come up to get your attention… 4 years ago CRRC, a Chinese company manufacturing trains and trams came up with the idea of replacing the rail …

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Trains with no wheels

Bullet trains have circulated on rails for some decades now, starting in Japan on October 1st 1964 in time for the Tokyo Olympics. After that first bullet train, Shinkansen, we have seen hgh speed trains expanding in Europe and more recently in China. The first bullet train, still in operation …

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Smile, it’s office time!

We are all living on a small blue marble, as seen from the Moon. But, as you zoom in, cultures are quite different, sometimes more than oceans away, This is the case, at least so it seems, for the perceived value of privacy, seen as a non negotiable one in …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XLII – Energy 4

In several Countries what has hampered the shift towards renewable energy is the distance between the source and the point of consumption. Tides can generate electrical power but transporting it across a thousand of miles results in a big waste.  Solar power can be easily harvested in deserted area, like …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XL – Energy 2

In the previous post I discussed the expected evolution of batteries for EV, particularly with respect to their life time, a factor impacting the overall cost of operating the car (as well as the management of battery waste, the shorter their life span, the more waste to manage), The second …

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Bits against Viruses

On newspapers and televisions in Europe a heated debate is going on: should a passport be issued to people that have been vaccinated (such a passport would facilitate access to public transportation, restaurants….)? There are reasons for issuing, and using, these passports (mostly economic ones) and there are others for …

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6G enters orbit

As most Countries are focussing on accelerating the deployment of 5G China has decided to move forward and deploy… 6G. Well, as I mentioned in the series of post on 6G, 6G does not exist yet, we actually are not even sure what it will look like. One of the …

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Lights and Shadows of Covid-19 on Digital Transformation – XVI

Supply and delivery chains are possibly some of the most complex and successful achievement of modern society. The computerisation of their management has made possible an unbelievable effectiveness. With quite a bit of simplification (over-simplification possibly) we can recognise these stages: Innovation and streamlining of transportation Creation of warehouses and …

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Not just CO2, the virus is also curbing NO2!

Just few days ago I reported on the decrease of CO2 emission in China as result of the slow down of manufacturing following the measures taken to contain the spread of the Covid-19. Now I stumbled onto images of the amazing decrease of NO2, Nitrogen Dioxide, over China. These images …

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