COLABS update

COLABS update

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Now it’s high time for an update on my research work!

The last time I wrote I was still sintering my samples using Spark Plasma Sintering, I finished that part of the work as predicted before the beginning of May and after the Golden Week I started with the preparation of the specimens for the analysis.
It took a long time because both polishing and cutting are very slow, in particular the cutting part is very time demanding. I had to cut through every sample 8 times to produce the bars for mechanical tests and the specimens for XRD, TEM, EBSD, and every cut took 45 minutes with the fine cutter.

But finally last week I finished and now I’m performing the analysis! Continue reading “COLABS update”

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Mamma mia! Italy’s back!

Mamma mia! Italy’s back!

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Hello everyone!
Well I have to write something about that, I mean the 30th Tohoku University International Festival (even the name is complicated).
Every year Tohoku University’s group TUFSA organizes an international festival in where people from all around the world cook traditional food and even perform on stage. For several years the Italian food stall was missing, and it was not acceptable.
So a group of Italians and me decide to solve the problem and set up the Italian booth this year, and in my opinion it’s been a success.

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How to domesticate a star

How to domesticate a star

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The technology to control nuclear fusion is the next milestone of nuclear engineering, and it can lead to a number of useful applications.
First of all it will be possible to produce a massive quantity of electric energy while the world is getting hungrier and hungrier of electricity. Moreover since the feedstock for nuclear fusion is hydrogen and the products are low density elements like helium, it will be possible to produce power at relatively low footprint; that’s because hydrogen can be extracted from water or air while nowadays nuclear plants use rare and radioactive elements that need to be imported mainly from Africa.

Because of those (and other) reason the scientific community has long been trying to tackle the fusion problem: how to control the damn plasma. Continue reading “How to domesticate a star”

Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!

Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!

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“Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!” would be the Darth Vader’s spot if he was in Japan.
On the last day of the golden week (may the 6th) some friends took me to the Nikka Whisky distillery near Sendai. Some of you may already have heard about this Japanese brand, which is pretty famous also outside of Japan. Continue reading “Join the dark side, we have free whiskey!”

A new promising Ebola virus vaccine cadidate works on nonhuman primates

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Inside our safe countries and houses we are not talking about Ebola virus anymore; what it’s not a piece of news will not last long in our newspapers, and we almost forgot about the Ebola epidemics nowadays.
But now something is happening, at least in Italy we had a new Ebola virus case so suddenly we are realizing that Ebola is still out there killing people.

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Matsushima: bay of sculptures (photo-gallery)

Matsushima: bay of sculptures (photo-gallery)

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On the 5th of May I’ve been visiting one of the most beautiful bay in Japan, in fact it’s said to be one of the three view of Japan.
Matsushima is a bay close to Sendai (30 minutes by train) and it’s very popular for three things: the view, the Zuiganji temple and the oysters; of course I got all three…

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A surprise birthday party

A surprise birthday party

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Before coming here lots of people told me “Oh, you are going to turn 24 while in Japan, no party for you!”. Well I don’t use to party for my birthday anymore so it was not a problem, anyway spending a special day with friends is always nice.
So on Friday I was going to join another Italian, Davide Bitti, for his moving party since he just moved to a different (and bigger) apartment here in Sendai. What I was not expecting was that all my friends in there organized a double party: moving + birthday. Continue reading “A surprise birthday party”