domenica 15 novembre 2015

Nanotech: The new alchemy

Alchemy left the mainstream centuries ago, but one of its core concepts, transmuting the elements, is experiencing a revival in nanotechnology.

Reprogramming Biology

Biological engineer James Collins designs genetic circuits with novel functions.

Supersymmetry New physics beyond the Standard Model

elliptical galaxy NGC 1132 combining an image from NASA's /Chandra X-Ray Observatory/ obtained in 2004 with images from the /Hubble Space Telescope/ made in 2005 and 2006 in green and near-infrared light. (Photo : NASA, ESA, M. West (ESO, Chile), and CXC/Penn State University/G. Garmire, et al.)

" La conoscenza è come la luce di una candela. Quanto più brilla la sua luce, tanto più si allarga il confine tra luce e buio, ampliando ancora di più ciò che in questo buio non sappiamo " (Blaise Pascal)

venerdì 13 novembre 2015

Transgender Children

The private owners of Children’s Lighthouse daycare in Katy, Texas have found themselves in the public eye after firing two employees who voiced concern that the school was allowing a 6-year-old transgender student to express their gender identity, reports Fox 26.

sabato 7 novembre 2015

NytVR, inizia l'era del giornalismo virtuale

Entrare nella casa di Oleg, ucraino di 11 anni, distrutta dai separatisti filo-russi oppure salire sulla piroga con cui Chuol, 9 anni, è fuggito trascinato dalla nonna dal suo villaggio nel Sud Sudan sotto attacco. O, ancora, seguire la giornata di lavoro della 12enne Hana, fuggita dalla Siria e ora insediata in un campo profughi nella valle della Bekaa libanese, in attesa di tempi migliori.

martedì 20 ottobre 2015

Carbon nanotubes found in human cells

Carbon nanotubes (rods) and nanoparticles (black clumps) found inside a lung cell vacuole (left) are similar to those found in vehicle exhaust in tailpipes of cars in Paris (right) (credit: Fathi Moussa/Paris-Saclay University)

Carbon nanotubes, possibly from cars, are ubiquitous, found even in ice cores --- we may all have them in our lungs, say Rice scientists

venerdì 9 ottobre 2015

Silver Nanoparticles Toxicity

Researchers studied zebrafish because they have some genetic similarities to humans and their embryos and larvae are transparent, which makes them easier to observe (credit: Tunde Akinloye/CNSI)

Effects on marine life of the more than 2,000 consumer products that contain nanoparticles are largely unknown 

lunedì 28 settembre 2015

Pentagon’s Brain

For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of war has lifted.

martedì 1 settembre 2015

Plastic Surgery Addiction

A mother-daughter duo are making waves in the British tabloids for spending a combined total of $86,000 (thus far) on plastic surgery so they can look like “glamour model” Katie Price.

lunedì 31 agosto 2015


Katherine, a gentle 19-year old from Brooklyn, is many things: Bangladeshi American, an avid gamer, Muslim, a future programmer. But one thing she is not: human. At least, that’s what she's been told by the family who rejected him/her.

venerdì 28 agosto 2015

LIVING DOLLS Morto il sosia di Justin Bieber

Il 35enne è stato trovato senza vita in un motel

LIVING DOLLS 7 Plastic Generation

35esimo intervento di chirurgia estetica per Rodrigo Alves, conosciuto nel mondo come il Ken umano inglese che, di fatto, ha preso il posto di Celso, morto a soli 20 anni. Il 32enne che sembra disposto a tutto pur di assumere sempre più le sembianze del fidanzato di Barbie, ha scelto di sottoporsi ad una liposuzione al viso per rimuovere 100 mil di grasso.


Voyage into a black hole, depicted in the movie "Interstellar"
Black holes don't actually swallow and destroy physical information, according to an idea proposed today by Stephen Hawking at the Hawking Radiation conference being held at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Instead, they store it in a two-dimensional hologram.

lunedì 24 agosto 2015

The Brave New World of Virtual Reality

Adam Turner prepares to battle zombies at Zero Latency
Whether they're battling zombies in dark alleyways, leading classroom excursions around the globe or offering virtual front-row seats at the footy, Australians are forging the way in the brave new world of virtual reality.

sabato 1 agosto 2015


Using an electron microscope, researchers have peered down inside the brain of an adult mouse at a scale previously unachievable, generating dramatic color images at 3-nm-pixel resolution. The research was published Thursday July 30 in an open-access paper in the journal Cell.

giovedì 30 luglio 2015

Robot Killer e Super Umani: la Guerra del 2050

Le armi autonome, capaci di individuare e aggredire un nemico senza una guida umana (o con una guida remotissima) sono una questione del futuro prossimo, non di una fantasia asimoviana né del momento catartico o esiziale in cui supereremo la barriera della singularity, inaugurando l’èra post-umana. 

martedì 21 luglio 2015

Buckyballs From Outer Space

It is official: buckminsterfullerenes or “buckyballs” (spherical molecules made up of 60 carbon atoms) exist in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The new, unambiguous, confirmation, from researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland not only confirms a 20-year old theory prediction but also indicates that C60 might be ubiquitous in space.

sabato 18 luglio 2015


The novel imaging method, developed by an international team from the US, Korea and Australia will allow researchers to investigate the 3D structure of these miniscule particles for the first time.

lunedì 13 luglio 2015


In Self/Less, a science-fiction thriller to be released in the U.S. today, July 10, 2015, Damian Hale, an extremely wealthy aristocrat (Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer, undergoes a $250 million radical medical procedure at a lab called Phoenix Biogenic in Manhattan to have his consciousness transferred into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds).


From Pygmalion to Ex Machina, the idea – and the ideal – of building a ‘perfect woman’ has come down through history. 

sabato 11 luglio 2015

Designer Bacteria

This illustration shows Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron (white) living on cells in the gut (large pink spheres) and being activated by chemical signals (small green dots) to express specific genes. The glowing bacteria are encoding light-generating proteins (Janet Iwasa)

UNO DEI BATTERI più comuni nell'intestino umano è stato riprogrammato geneticamente e dotato di sensori, circuiti e memorie artificiali che potranno essere usati per diagnosticare e curare 'in loco' patologie come il tumore del colon o le malattie infiammatorie intestinali. 


A team of neuroscientists at Duke University published two separate studies today, one involving rats and the other involving rhesus macaque monkeys, that describe experiments on networks of brains, or Brainets, and illustrate how such networks could be used to combine electrical outputs from the neurons of multiple animals to perform tasks.

venerdì 10 luglio 2015

I primi chip a 7 nanometri

Big Blue annuncia la realizzazione dei primi chip, funzionanti, con processo produttivo a 7 nm. Un assaggio dell'era "post-silicio" in anticipo di qualche anno

giovedì 2 luglio 2015

The Cyborg Teen

A 15 year old boy has become the youngest in Britain to get himself microchipped, it has been reported. The cyborg teen Bryon Wake, told reporters how he injected himself with the chip, which is smaller than a grain of rice, while his parents were downstairs.

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