Category archives: Technology

Robots can be companions, caregivers, collaborators — and social influencers

Robots can be companions, caregivers, collaborators — and social influencers

RoboticsSociology

By Invited Researcher

In the mid-1990s, there was research going on at Stanford University that would change the way we think about computers. The Media Equation experiments were simple: participants were asked to interact with a computer that acted socially for a few minutes after which, they were asked to give feedback about the interaction. Participants would provide […]

A hydrogel matrix as viable solution for the efficient catalytic activation and delivery of cisplatin

A hydrogel matrix as viable solution for the efficient catalytic activation and delivery of cisplatin

ChemistryDIPC PhotochemistryPharmacy

By DIPC

Catalysis-based approaches for the activation of anticancer rely on the use of metal catalysts capable of deprotecting inactive precursors of organic drugs or transforming key biomolecules available in the cellular environment. Nevertheless, the efficiency of most of the schemes described so far is rather low, limiting the benefits of catalytic amplification as a strategy for […]

Discovering topological materials from symmetry

Discovering topological materials from symmetry

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Topological materials have special universal properties, which are protected against perturbations. The name comes from the fact that such properties are theoretically described by topology, a branch of mathematics concerned with the properties of geometrical objects that are unchanged by continuous deformations. Topological materials behave like an ordinary insulator in the bulk but have conducting […]

The proper use of deep learning in microscopy image analysis

The proper use of deep learning in microscopy image analysis

Computer scienceDIPC Biochemistry

By DIPC

Microscopy is a leading technology in biological research. Today, a typical microscopy session may generate hundreds to thousands of images, generally requiring computational analysis to extract meaningful results. But a simple analysis is not enough any more. Over the last few years, deep learning (DL) has increasingly become one of the gold standards for high-performance […]

Lithomimetics: lithosphere as inspiration for the design of novel materials

Lithomimetics: lithosphere as inspiration for the design of novel materials

Materials

By Silvia Román

Materials scientists are quite used to looking at nature to find inspiration for new designs and functionalities. The living world is full of complex and sophisticated materials (from bones and seashells to cartilage and skin) that provide the most varied and extraordinary properties and functions. We have paid attention to this strategy of ‘architecturing materials’ […]

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Twistology could be the study of unexpected changes or developments in stories or situations, from coups d’état to the fatherhood of Darth Vader. In condensed matter physics there is something similar, although the preferred name is twistronics (from twist and electronics). It is understood as the study of how the angle (the twist) between layers […]