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Can an anti-fungal drug be effective in treating cystic fibrosis?

An old drug, amphotericin B, used for decades against fungal infections, could also be useful for treating cystic fibrosis.

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Schizophrenia already starts in the womb

Researchers from the US have managed to identify more than 400 genes, the variants of which are associated with schizophrenia.

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New laser for “detecting” radioactive objects

Thanks to an innovative technique developed in the USA, it will be easier to detect radioactivity in wide and crowded areas.

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How we can “see” the hidden parts of the brain

Discovering the composition of the indecipherable areas of the brain could soon be possible, thanks to diattenuation imaging.

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What is the advantage of being left-handed?

The neuroscientist Giorgio Vallortigara talks about how the human race has a majority that prefers to use their right hand, whereas a small minority of people are left-handed.

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2019.04.01-fibromialgia

A test for the “mysterious” fibromyalgia from the USA

Thanks to a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by researchers from Ohio, Fibromyalgia diagnosis could become easier.

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Kriti Sharma

Are we risking transmitting our biases to Artificial Intelligence?

The technologist Kriti Sharma raises a very serious issue: are we risking transmitting our biases to Artificial Intelligence?

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2019.03.22-narcolessia

Confirmed once again: narcolepsy has an autoimmune origin

Recent studies published in the scientific journal Nature have confirmed that narcolepsy has an autoimmune origin.

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The risks of perfectionism

Thomas Curran is a social psychologist who has been studying the effects of perfectionism in American, Canadian and British students for years.

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3D printer that “extends” new skin over burns

An innovative prototype of 3D printer promises to replace strips of skin (due to various kinds of trauma or illnesses) without any size restrictions and without the need for skin grafts.

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The learning processes of Artificial Intelligence become art

How Artificial Intelligence can influence the urban environment and the production of art in public spaces? Reflections from Hito Steyerl.

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956 DNA variants behind the risk of insomnia

For the first time a complete “genetic map” of insomnia (a problem suffered chronically by 770 million people worldwide) has been drawn up by an international team of neurophysiologists.

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2019.03.11-terapia_cellulare_crohn

“Modified” cells to treat Crohn’s disease

Cell therapy, which is already being used in experiments against several forms of tumors, could also be used in the near future to treat Crohn’s disease.

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Fighting Parkinson’s by injecting a protein into the brain

A new pioneering study has given hope to people suffering from Parkinson’s disease and from illnesses in which nerve cells die or do not work as they should.

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Can intestinal bacteria trigger depression?

What does intestinal microbiota have to do with depression? A lot, according to a report published in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology by a team from the Catholic University of Lovanio, in Belgium.

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Possible antibiotics for humans from insect bacteria

The antibiotics of tomorrow may also come from an unexpected source: insects or, to be more precise, from the bacteria that infect insects, or that live in symbiosis with them.

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The kinetic marvels of Theo Jansen

“Without imagination we wouldn’t be alive: the task of an artist is to stimulate peoples’ imagination”. Theo Jansen inaugurated the “Dream Beasts” exhibition in Milan with this sentence which encompasses its entire poetic vision.

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Pill inspired by the pufferfish to monitor the stomach

Researchers from the MIT of Boston have been inspired by the biological mechanisms of the pufferfish to create a certain type of pill for diagnostic and curative purposes.

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Women? They have brains that are three years’ younger

The female brain ages slower than the male brain of the same age by approximately three years.

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Artificial intelligence

The robot-plant that climbs like a tendril

The first flexible robot, capable of imitating the behaviour of tendrils and coiling around a support, has been created by researchers from the Center of Micro-BioRobotics of the IIT-Italian Institute of Technology.

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Brain activity? A work of art interpreted by Artificial Intelligence

The neuroscientist Yukiyasu Kamitani and the French artist Pierre Huyghe used a kind of artificial intelligence software capable of “reading” and visually decoding our brain waves to build representations of human thought.

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New strategy: blocking cancer’s “clock

A new area of study could offer unprecedented solutions in the fight against cancer, namely that of attempting to unhinge the circadian rhythms of diseased cells.

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Missions to Mars? The immune system goes haywire

There is an obstacle that will make missions from Earth to Mars particularly difficult and risky for astronauts: the effects of the lack of gravity and cosmic radiation on the immune system.

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Surprise: junk DNA sometimes helps cells

Recently a growing number of studies has shown that the portion of DNA that appears to have no precise functions, can also perform very important tasks.

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The lifecycle of nature in 4 minutes

How can you explain the lifecycle of flowers to a three-year old girl and make her understand that the cycle is continuous and never-ending?

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Studying neurons with the help of the “eyes” of algae

Researchers from the University of Würzburg and Bielefeld (Germany) have discovered a “family” of light-sensitive molecules (photoreceptors) never seen before in algae, in both unicellular algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, and in multi-cellular algae like Volvox carteri. The name 2c-Cyclop (abbreviation...

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The secret of Rembrandt’s “3D” technique revealed

A team of researchers of the European Synchrotron, in Grenoble, managed to unveil the technique used by Rembrandt to create his famous and beautiful three-dimensional effect.

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How to change education to give young people a future

Stefano Laffi says that we – adults, parents and teachers – do not see children and young people. We “overwrite” them according to our strict and pre-established standards.

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Now robots can even play the piano

Bioengineers from the University of Cambridge have succeeded in making a robotic hand, with the help of a 3D printer, that plays the piano, albeit rudimentarily.

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Cognitive problems after chemotherapy? Here’s why

Researchers from the University of Stanford (California) have finally come up with an explanation on “chemo brain”, i.e. on cognitive disorders often triggered by oncological chemotherapy.

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Edgar Morin: uncertainty in the heart of science

How should science be seen in the twenty-first century? Edgar Morin attempts to answer this question in his work, starting with certain evidence that is right under our noses.

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Closer and closer to computers that function like the human brain

According to a study published in Nature Communication, we could be getting closer to computers and other devices known as neuromorphic.

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What makes people different from robots?

The year 2019 is the year in which one of the most famous science fiction films ever made, Blade Runner, filmed in 1982 by Ridley Scott, is actually happening.

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Even garlic oil fights the insidious Lyme disease

Several essential oils of aromatic plants can also contribute significantly to fighting one of the most insidious infections of recent years: Lyme disease.

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Solar nano-panels to make yeast “work” more

Solar nano-panels added to the surface of yeast, so that these single-cell microorganisms are more efficient at synthesizing the substances then used by the pharmaceutical industries to produce drugs.

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Electrodes from the nose to the brain to recover sense of smell

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston (USA) have managed to activate the sense of smell in three volunteers with a state-of-the-art technique, using the principle of cochlear implants.

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Monoclonal antibodies to diagnose (and cure?) Zika

The fight against the zika virus has taken a potentially significant step forward, thanks to a study by virologists from the Stritch School of Medicine of the Loyola University of Chicago (USA).

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The formula that makes science fascinating

“7 Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli is a publishing success story. Released in October 2014, it has sold more than 300,000 copies in Italy alone and has been translated in dozens of countries worldwide.

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The thyroid “switches on” the color-sensing cells in the eye

In order to understand how the cells that enable us to perceive color are created, researchers from Baltimore created an organoid of the eye: they grew stem cells in the lab, differentiating them into retina cells and then activating “growth”...

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Viruses that will be transmitted from animals to humans

The spill-over, i.e. the transmitting of a virus from one species to the other (in particular, from an animal species to humans), is one of the phenomena most feared by the health authorities, and one of the least known.

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Welcome to the philosophical breakfast club

The story told by the historian of science Laura Snyder is one that starts a long time ago. To be precise, it begins on June 24, 1833, when the British Association for the Advancement of Science held its third meeting...

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At least 133 different types of cells in the brain

How many different types of cells are there in the brain?  An interesting response was given to this difficult question in the long-term work conducted over 15 years by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle (United States), created by...

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Only 23% of planet earth remains unspoilt

Bad news for our planet: only 23% of the earth’s surface (excluding Antarctica) can still be considered wild and unspoilt.

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Cancer prevention through diet and lifestyle

During the LET’S SCIENCE! event held on November 17, 2018, the nutritionist Lucilla Titta, the scientist Adriana Albini and the oncologist Maria Cristina Marini took part in a round table, moderated by Giovanni Pellegri and dedicated to the prevention of cancer...

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A “clean” way to deal with waste using purple bacteria

Significant help in dealing with the problem of treating wastewater containing organic residues (from food waste, livestock manure, grass and dry leaves, waste wood, etc.) could come from a special type of purple phototrophic bacteria.

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Microalgae to carry drugs inside our bodies

For some time bioengineers all over the world have been trying to find a way to deliver drugs to desired points inside our bodies, and to these points only (without damaging surrounding tissue) - areas which perhaps are also difficult...

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And that is how the ear can “regenerate” hearing

A study conducted by researchers from the Universities of Rochdale and Harvard (USA) is offering new hope to people that have lost their hearing following the deterioration of the sensory hair cells of the cochlea.

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The map of microbial “dark matter”

In additional to cosmic dark matter, there is also another kind of dark matter that surrounds each and every one of us: that made up of bacteria and micro-organisms outside the human body.

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New gloves for “grasping” virtual objects

Bioengineers from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),  in collaboration with colleagues from the ETH of Zurich and Microcity (the research center in Neuchâtel dedicated to innovation), have developed an ultrathin glove that let users “touch” objects created through...

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The true secret of homo sapiens

What are we better at compared to other species on Earth? This is the question that Yuval Harari asks himself, and the answers that he offers us are really interesting.

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Scientific views on migration: 11 important considerations arising from the Forum

On 13 October 2018 an original experiment was carried out in Lugano with the Forum “Scientific Views on Migration”: a current hot topic was taken and tackled from a scientific angle. Hence, an attempt was made to correctly reposition the...

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The job of a physicist? To explore unanswered questions

“There is something about physics that has been really bothering me since I was a little kid. And it's related to a question that scientists have been asking for almost 100 years, with no answer. How do the smallest things...

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Do too many detergents contribute to childhood obesity?

Our obsession with domestic hygiene, promoted through increasingly intensive advertisements, could be detrimental to children’s health, because – according to a study published in the Canadian Medial Association Journal – they alter intestinal bacteria (microbiome) and, hence, children’s metabolism. The...

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Human bone stem cells (finally) found

After many years of frustrating studies, a team of researchers and surgeons from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA) has been successful in an endeavour that could have a major impact in the clinical field: it has identified and...

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Kuhn: paradigms and revolutions in scientific development

In his most famous work “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” (1962 and 1969), the philosopher Thomans Kuhn analyzes the history of science and its various implications in all areas of research. According to Kuhn’s vision, scientific development is made up...

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Are there signs of the risk of Alzheimer’s in the back of the eye?

An examination of the back of the eye, together with an angiography of the vessels of the retina, could help to diagnose Alzheimer’s long before the appearance of clinical symptoms. This is suggested by a study published in the journal...

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Even the intestine produces electrical energy

The bacteria that populate our intestine (microbioma) never cease to amaze: a group of researchers from the University of Berkeley, California (USA), has just discovered that many of these microorganisms are able to generate electricity (albeit very weak), just like...

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Life: a journey through time

Nature's my muse and it's been my passion. As a photographer for National Geographic, I've portrayed it for many. But five years ago, I went on a personal journey. I wanted to visualize the story of life. It's the hardest...

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8.000 new antibiotic combinations to fight bacteria

Pending the discovery of completely new antibiotics, a study has emerged from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, United States) that could offer an effective – and sometimes very effective – solution to infections that today are difficult to...

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New “strategy” for repairing spinal cord injuries

A study set up from the collaboration between the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and the University of California, Los Angeles campus, has led to a result that could represent a significant step forward in the treatment of spinal injuries,...

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Popper’s critical rationalism

“Avoiding mistakes is a narrow-minded ideal. If we don’t dare face those challenges that are so difficult as to make the error almost inevitable, knowledge will not be developed. It is from our more daring theories, including those that are...

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“Revolution” for the universal flu vaccine

We are getting closer to the possibility of creating a universal vaccine against all (or almost all) the possible forms of influenza, without the need to “chase” the variants of the virus every year. This announcement, which was made in...

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Ultra-thin nervous “tissue” for treating eye problems

There is new hope in the treatment of serious eye diseases thanks to a new type of artificial retina developed by researchers in the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Texas, Austin campus (the retina, remember,...

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A look at how our brain works

In this memorable TED Conference, the neuroscientist Beau Lotto tackles a very important subject. As science and philosophy has taught us for centuries, seeing “things as they are” - the reality before our eyes for what it really is -...

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Does antitubercular vaccine work against diabetes?

An old tuberculosis vaccine, developed in the 20s of the last century by the bacteriologist Albert Calmette and the vet Camille Guérin (both French researchers at the Pasteur Institute of Lille), continues to reserve surprises. Rediscovered as a powerful stimulant...

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A new look on evolution

To understand the human evolution on Earth should we study monkeys? No, fishes. The biologist Prosanta Chakrabarty explains it in this brilliant 5-minute lesson, which dispels some myths linked to evolution, encouraging us to remember that we are a small...

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Within marine sponges new antibacterial substances

The solution to one of the big issues of world health, i.e. the growing resistance to antibiotics by many types of bacteria, may also come from the sea and, specifically, from sponges. Researchers of the Florida Atlantic University (US) are...

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New gene therapy to restore hand function

A new hope for recovery of hands functionality after a spinal cord injury comes from researchers at King’s College London, who have described in the journal Brain the good results obtained in lab animals, thanks to a particular type of...

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Consciousness, the most mysterious universal phenomenon

Consciousness is that something making life worth living. If we were not conscious, nothing in our lives would have a meaning or a value. Why are we conscious? So far nobody knows the answer to this query. But as the...

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Discovered 27 unknown infecting bees viruses

An international team of researchers has identified 27 types of viruses, hitherto unknown, that infect bees (the results of the study were published in the journal Scientific Reports, belonging to Nature group). This discovery, technicians say, will allow bettering understanding...

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The internet of things explained by a philosopher

We hear more and more about the Internet of Things. What is it? Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at Oxford University, explains it to us in this video: we started to record data, then making them...

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Recreate the intestine? You can, thanks (also) to a spring

Recreate in the lab animal, or even human organs (or parts of them), similar to those present inside the body, to better study diseases and possible treatments, or for the future, revolutionary transplants: it may seem science fiction, also with...

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A sound will tell us whether the cell is healthy

Dario Polli is a Professor of Physics at the Politecnico di Milano who develops new laser systems to vibrate the molecules: we could say that he is a kind of molecular musician. What is the reason for this interest? Simple,...

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For the first time, a lab-created human prion

Do you remember the mad cow syndrome and especially its human version, Creutzfeldt Jakob’s disease? After the emergencies of about twenty years ago, we do not hear about it anymore. Yet these types of diseases, triggered by prions (that is, by altered...

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Sea waves? They “throw” viruses and bacteria

For several decades, between 1800 and 1900, one of the popular therapies more or less for any illness envisaged exposure to sea air, without any supporting scientific prerequisite. Now, however, a study published in the scientific journal Nature Communications by...

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The first artificial intelligence that knows how to listen like a human being

Researchers at MIT have created the first artificial neuronal network that can recognize sounds like a human ear. Notably, scientists focused on two auditory tasks: speech and music. Their model has “trained” with thousands of two-second clips containing words spoken...

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How to extract water from desert air

Is it possible to collect water directly from air in the planet most arid places, to at least partially compensate for water scarcity, imitating the “strategies” of survival of cacti and other succulents? Yes, according to researchers at the Department...

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Establishment of EU ethical guidelines for the use of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming the focus of attention of political institutions. Its implications and how to drive innovation forward was discussed recently at the G7 summit held in Charlevoix in Canada, and the EU Commission has just appointed a...

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Out of Cambridge, the super-map of proteins in human blood

Thanks to innovative technology, researchers from the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), together with colleagues from other international institutions, have managed to create a detailed genetic map of the proteins founds in plasma, i.e. in the liquid part of blood:...

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A semi-transparent film transforms solar energy into electricity

It is customary to see classic silicone solar panels on roofs and the sides of buildings. However, in order to exploit the potential of curved surfaces and tensile structures, today we can use organic photovoltaics, made from compounds dissolved in...

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Even the “devices” implanted in our bodies are wireless

The number of medical devices that can be implanted into the human body is constantly increasing (other than classic cardiac pacemakers, insulin sensors, electrodes for deep brain stimulation and many others), but they all have a weak point: the need...

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The healing power of mathematics

Her name is Irina Kareva and she is a young scientist that uses mathematical models applied to biology and, in particular, to the development of anti-cancer drugs. Her research has great potential: mathematical modelling can be very helpful for answering...

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Hospital infections, the “tricks” of the superbugs

Hospital infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics are a reason for great worry for international health authorities, and cause several thousand deaths every year worldwide. But now a study by researchers in the Department of Chemistry of the University...

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Diamonds can be bent too

Very small synthetic diamonds are also bendable and this flexibility opens the doors to countless new applications in the field of optics, physics and engineering. Bendable diamonds were created by a multidisciplinary team involving the carbon research centers of the...

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How do we listen to music? Does it depends on our biases?

It is 2007 Joshua Bell, an internationally-renowned violinist, started to play with a Stradivarius in the Washington underground. And no one stopped to listen to him. Why? It is simple – we evaluate a music performance based on our biases....

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Origami-style models for the cultivation of bone cells

Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami of folding paper into miniature shapes and figures, bioengineers in Lowell, University del Massachusetts (USA), under the guidance of Gulden Camci Unal, have developed a “platform” for the regeneration of biological tissue,...

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The school of the future? Without subjects

According to the OECD, for several years the Finnish have held the title of the best education system in the world. However, they do not want to rest on their laurels. And they are thinking of overcoming the old concept...

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Does dopamine (produced by the brain) cure diabetes?

The patient zero was a 53-year old Dutch man, victim of a serious obsessive-compulsive disorder, who had accepted to be treated with an extreme, invasive therapy that also often solved the problem: the implantation of thin electrodes in his brain...

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A new gel repairs stroke damage (in animals)

For the first time a gel, injected directly into the brain, has shown that it is capable of regenerating cells in the nervous system damaged as the result of a stroke. For now the result has only been achieved on...

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Armin Linke at “La Scienza a Regola d’Arte”

“The task of art is also to highlight the limitations of our development model and the negative effects that unfortunately has sometimes produced. In this sense photography can be a very effective way to start a dialogue, without being content...

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“Left” and “right” molecules: this is how they can be divided

Chemical molecules have an orientation in space: they can be directed to the left or the right, taking on two opposite forms from one another. In the majority of cases these two forms are both present and, often, have different...

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Sound waves to measure toxic substances in water

Researchers from the Ciencias Fisicas Institute of the Universidad Autonoma de Maexico (UNAM), in Cuernavaca, have discovered that the use of sound waves to “levitate” droplets of water in air makes it possible to accurately identify possible toxic substances, like...

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Avalanches, electronic mini-sensor for finding people

A very small electronic sensor developed by engineers in the ETH in Zurich can effectively help rescuers searching for people trapped under avalanches or under collapsed housing following an earthquake. In these situations dogs are often used due to their...

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PAOLO CORTINI AT “LA SCIENZA A REGOLA D’ARTE”

“The earth is 4.6 billion years old, man arrived at most 200 thousand years ago. We must realize that for our planet man is just a blink of an eye in his long history. We should look at nature without...

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A resonance glove to “see” hand problems

A special glove that, literally, sees the tendons, muscles and ligaments of the hand moving and interacting with bones: the prototype, developed by researchers from the New York University School of Medicine (USA), is a progression of normal magnetic resonance...

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One on Everest, one at home: the DNA of two twins changes

What happens to the body when it is subjected to extreme conditions like those of the high mountains? How does the expression of the genetic code change, if it indeed changes? To understand this, researchers from the Weill Cornell Medicine...

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Artist’s word – Alberto Nessi

Yesterday’s meeting “La Scienza a regola d’arte” started with the reading by Igor Horvat of this poem by the Ticino writer Alberto Nessi: Pomeriggio di settembre Sono con te, cammino col tuo passo cammino con le zampe delle felci con...

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Hyper-fast little animals? A model for robots

Robots, including even the most sophisticated ones, have never managed to be ultra-rapid, and have never even come close to reaching the “snap action” of the fastest living beings, which – as it is well-known – are also the smallest....

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The IBSA Foundation researchers: Ruth speaking

Her name is Ruth Egbe and studies how to develop effective pain relief after surgery. His research will be useful to alleviate the post-operative course for patients after the wisdom tooth extraction, for which he won one of the five...

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The project to create anti-virus supercells gets underway

Launched on the pages of the journal Science and with a presentation organized recently in Boston (USA), the GP-write (Genome Project-write) project is now getting down to specifics: a very ambitious (and controversial) initiative, which was announced in 2016, but that...

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Even a crocodile’s brain reacts to music

Crocodiles (from the Nile, in this case) react to music like mammals and birds in a very similar way by stimulating the same areas of the brain. This helps shed light on the process of evolution, since having existed for...

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Mini 3D printer creates electronic circuits directly on the skin

The evolution of the 3D printer is an object that, according to its inventor, Michael McAlpine of the University ofl Minnesota (USA), can fit in your pocket like a Swiss army knife and, if necessary, can use skin (of the...

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The IBSA Foundation researchers: Mauro speaking

His name is Mauro Cozzolino and he studies are focused on fertility. His research aims at stimulating the “dormant” follicles left in the ovarian reserve that can be recovered to produce fertilizing oocytes. Thanks to his research, which will be useful...

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DNA? In some points it has a newly discovered knot shape

As explained in biology books, the genetic code known as DNA present in every cell forms an elegant double spiral, or double helix shape. But beyond this classic, largely predominant shape, there are also others which can form temporarily. One...

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Artificial leaf produces medicines with sunlight

A miniature medicine factory, but potentially also of many other chemical compounds, in the form of a leaf, created at minimal cost and powered by sunlight, seems too good to be true. Nevertheless, researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology,...

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Chip implants for monitoring blood alcohol levels

People who are trying to combat alcohol addiction will be able to find help with a chip created by bioengineers at the  University of California in the United States. The experimental prototype was presented at the “Custom Integrated Circuits Conference”...

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Science and journalism: Silvia’s formula

In this video Silvia Bencivelli explains the difficulty of those, like herself, who explain science. We have to consider that science is a concept which is a bit more complex than one which can give us a simple true/false answer,...

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Transplanting a liver? Better to keep it warm

An about-face: livers to be transplanted should not be kept cold, as has been done for many years, but warm, at a temperature of 37 degrees. The damage which is done by keeping the organ at a body temperature is...

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The IBSA Foundation researchers: Carlotta speaking

Her name is Carlotta Perucca Orfei and her project aims to study the potential of therapies based on the use of secretoma of mesenchymal cells for the treatment of chronic tendinopathies. Her research, carried out in cooperation with University of Miami,...

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Can artificial intelligence become depressed?

Can even artificial intelligence suffer from depression, or experience hallucinations, like the human brain? The question is much less odd than it might seem, according to Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a neuroscience and...

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Robotic belts for treating scoliosis

Congenital deformities of the spine, like idiopathic scoliosis and pathologic kyphosis, will be able to be corrected in a personalized and more efficient way thanks to a flexible robotic exoskeleton that the bioengineers at the Columbia University School of Engineering...

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The IBSA Foundation researchers: Fabio speaking

His name is Fabio Maino and he is specialised in endocrinology. His research si focused on a new therapy combining T3 and T4 hormones aimed at resolving the symptoms of hypothyroidism. This could improve the quality of life in thyroidectomised patients....

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Light is used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria

They are celled NanoZymes, artificial enzymes which could provide important help in the battle against antibiotic resistant infections. Researchers from several Australian universities collaborated in developing these remarkable enzymes and published their results in the scientific journal Applied Nano Materials....

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If a mole could help us find tumours?

A research study carried out by the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH) in Basel, could provide important news in the field of tumor prevention thanks to the application of a biomedical tattoo which resembles a mole. After implantation under the...

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The IBSA Foundation researchers: Daniela speaking

Her name is Daniela Gnani and he studies epigenetics, a branch of molecular biology that investigates genetic mutations and the transmission of inherited traits not directly attributable to the DNA sequence, but to the interaction of individuals with the surrounding...

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Computers? As good as humans in creating new molecules

We hear more and more talk about artificial intelligence (AI), and sometimes with concern, for the fear that this type of technology could undermine the human capacity for achievement or even take it over. But a study published by a...

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New liquid crystal screens as thin as paper

Optoelectronic engineers from the universities of Hong Kong and Shanghai have succeeded in creating a special liquid crystal display (LCD) which is paper-thin, flexible, light, durable and very inexpensive at about 5 dollars for a 5-inch screen, or roughly 12.7...

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The immune system helps tattoos to resister

How do tattoos remain for decades on the skin, while the cells that “contain” them (which hold the colored pigments) have a much shorter life and die? Researchers have been searching for an explanation for years, but now a possible...

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Perhaps not everyone knows that…

There is an historic link between comics and immunology: in a story at the beginning of the 1960s, the legendary Flash Gordon becomes seriously ill.

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Fake news is as old as time

Fake news is as old as time and dates back to well before the Internet.

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Telling the story of science through comics

How can you tell the story of science through comics?

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LET’S SCIENCE: 8 common sense rules for surviving fake news on the internet.

According to the scientific journalist Gianluca Dotti, a specialist in uncovering scientific fake news, there are several precautions that we should take every time that we encounter a piece of news (especially if it is shocking) on social media.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Paolo Rossi Castelli
Journalist since 1983, has been dealing with scientific divulgation for years, especially in the fields of medicine and biology. Creator of Sportello Cancro, the site created by corriere.it on oncology, in collaboration with the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. He collaborated with the pages of the Science of Corriere della Sera for several years. He is currently President of the Lugano Science Foundation.