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”

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A relaxing Onsen experience

A relaxing Onsen experience

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Well as you’ve read during golden week I had quite a busy time: samurai show, temples visiting, parties, whiskey tasting…so after all that work some relax was definitely needed! Continue reading “A relaxing Onsen experience”

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.

Continue reading “A new promising Ebola virus vaccine cadidate works on nonhuman primates”

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…

Continue reading “Matsushima: bay of sculptures (photo-gallery)”

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”

Lettera della Senatrice Elena Cattaneo

Lettera della Senatrice Elena Cattaneo

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Mi sento in dovere di fare qualcosa di fronte al suicidio intellettuale a cui sta andando incontro il mio paese.

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Ripubblichiamocon la preghiera di massima diffusione questo messaggio della Senatrice Elena Cattaneo su degli interventi preoccupanti di alcuni nostri politici che vorrebbero bloccare la ricerca in Italia.

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mi permetto di allegarvi il resoconto stenografico (link) di alcuni interventi in Parlamento tenuti lo scorso giovedì nel corso delle discussioni sul benessere animale che hanno finito per dedicarsi, nei termini che leggerete, alla sperimentazione animale. In particolare, vi invito a leggere gli interventi dei Senatori Taverna (M5S), De Petris (SEL) e Bonfrisco (FI-PdL) – quest’ultima tra le maggiori sostenitrici del metodo Stamina in Parlamento – e altri (guarda la seduta), oltre al pregevole intervento della Sen.ce De Biasi (PD). Domani, martedì 5 maggio, si ultimerà la discussione e si voteranno le mozioni.

Da questi interventi penso si possa evincere che alcuni parlamentari sono, in questo caso, ignari dei temi di scienza e salute di cui…

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