Closing, renewing, restarting

Closing, renewing, restarting

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Hello again,

I haven’t been writing for months, my last article was about the research program extension back in July.
Lots of things happened since then and I am now back in Italy, graduated and ready for a fresh start. Continue reading “Closing, renewing, restarting”

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COLABS update: project extended

COLABS update: project extended

[EN-IT]

Hello everyone!

I’m writing to announce a change in my program road-map, well actually the COLABS program itself is going to finish as expected on the 7th of August. Continue reading “COLABS update: project extended”

European Union rejects plea to end animal research

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This article is just directly reported from Science Insider, available here
No other comment are needed, a part that as European I’m glad bud not surprised of how this sad story ended, I mean, StopVivisection had no real evidence to prove their point, just propaganda good for signature harvesting among the people…
Sadly most of the signers were from my country, Italy, and that shows how more STEM knowledge is needed.

Continue reading “European Union rejects plea to end animal research”

COLABS update: last rush before the deadline

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I’ve been absent for quite long, I’ve been both busy and lazy, but here we have a new update.

Last time I talked about the promising results of the XRD analysis of my samples. After that almost two weeks have passed and I figured out what the unexpected peaks are (metastable intermetallics), measured the elastic modulus and the magnetic susceptibility of the samples.

As I wrote in my first article about my research the aim of the project is to obtain a novel alloy with a very low magnetic susceptibility and good mechanical properties to be used as an alternative to titanium in orthopedics. So the magnetic susceptibility is one of the most important results of my experiment. Continue reading “COLABS update: last rush before the deadline”

COLABS update

COLABS update

[EN-IT]

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”

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”

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”

Nepal’s quakes may not be over

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The English version is just the ScienceInsider article (bottom of the page)

In questi giorni, in cui le notizie sul Nepal si affollano e giornalisti e blogger fanno a gara per le esclusive, faccio anche io la mia parte, ma mi limito a riportare quanto detto da chi è sul serio affidabile.
Quello a cui faccio riferimento è un articolo pubblicato su ScienceInsider, sezione di approfondimenti di Science Magazine aperta a tutti. Continue reading “Nepal’s quakes may not be over”