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Human Machine Symbioses

MIT has just announced the establishment of a new research centre, the Lisa Yang Centre for Bionics,  focussing on the fusion of  human body and advanced technology aiming at overcoming disabilities. This includes use of exoskeletons and brain computer interfaces. The centre start with an initial funding of 24 M$ …

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This robot will check your vital signs

Boston Dynamics Spot robot looks like a dog (at least like a mechanical dog) and was designed to operate in a variety of complex environment, with complex meaning uneven pavement, cluttered with “stuff” (including people). This is pretty challenging for a robot, it requires both the awareness on what is …

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Kirigami in your gut

I guess most of you are familiar with Origami, the Japanese art-form of folding a sheet of paper to create simple up to amazingly complex shapes. Fewer are familiar with “kirigami” that brings origami e step forward by adding to the “folding” some cutting. MIT researchers got inspired by kirigami …

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Detecting viruses with your smartphone?

I still remember my wonder when I discovered I could use my smartphone as a flashlight! Just press the display on the flashlight icon and I could look at a flower during the darkest night (or, less romantically, search for lost keys under the couch…). Now my smartphone has a …

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Connect your sneakers to the Internet

I remember some 15 years ago, at the Future Centre of Telecom Italia, a pool of young researchers, many from Brasil, discussing what the future might look like and one of the idea was to have everything, but really everything, connected to the internet, creating data and those data being …

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Ask spinach…

Plants, as animals, have developed a variety of sensors to make the most of their environment, Plants, in particular, are sensitive to several chemicals both through their leaves and through their roots. The problem, if you want to exploit this sensory capability, is how to become aware that a plant …

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Using AI to predict cancer risk

A significant number of people have been delaying periodical medical check up for fear of Covid (going to a hospital in these times is not the best strategy … at least this is the perception of many people) and this is resulting in aggravating conditions in chronic patients and in …

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