Last boy standing

Our work as scientists, as any other human activity, is often influenced and even shaped by personal taste, character attitudes, cultural background and inclinations, and in some case (unfortunately) by preconstructed ideas. The network of teachers, students, friends, collaborators, that

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A cold case

One morning, end of March, 1989, the World was shocked by the announcement of an experiment carried out by two unknown chemists in the University of Utah, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, in which they claimed having observed the nuclear

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A Babylonian brain

What do Euclid, twelve-years-old Einstein, and American president James Garfield have in common? They all came up with elegant proofs of the famous Pythagorean theorem, one of the most fundamental rules of geometry and the basis for innumerable practical applications,

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Green stars and grey squares

Humans are often described as “language animals”, implying that the ability to communicate linguistically makes humans unique. Big-Tech giants are pushing artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies to build machines capable of talking and writing to a such a

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The sound of the smallest

In the second half of the XVII century, the Dutch scientist Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek described the wonderful worlds revealed by his amazing microscopium in hundreds of letters sent to the Royal Society of London. In this correspondence he told of the first microscopic

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