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Endangered species Symposium

At the EBI there is an annual symposium which is organized by the Science and Society committee which I’ve been involved in the past years (some video are available on the youtube channel), but not this one. But no fear!

New people get on with the job and pull out a really nice symposium.

If you in Cambridge, you've got to come

This year the committee has chosen the topic of Biodiversity and Endangered Species, the 6th of May at Fitwilliam College Auditorium, Cambridge, Uk.

It’s free for all, so if you’re around don’t forget to come over 🙂

Yeah, there is even a Facebook event, if you are into that thing 🙂

Duet in the space

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin a special duet has been performed between the ISS and Earth.

Here is the video. It is brilliant.


Quello che ha fatto Roberto Benigni al festival di Sanremo 2011, quando ha fatto l’esegesi dell’Inno di Mameli.

Il progetto Marsili

Ho appena scoperto che ci sono serie intenzione di tentare di creare una centrale off-shore geotermica con il progetto Marsili.

Credo che la geotermia di terza generazione possa essere un’ottimo alleato per la dismissione dei combustibili fossili, specialmente grazie alla capacitĂ  di avere un output continuo e non subire fluttuazioni.

Quindi good luck alla eurobuilding e speriamo di averne ottime notizie presto.

Ciao Mubarak

Mubarak resigned as president of Egypt.

Well done Egypt.

Now, choose well who’s next.

Stand your ground

The story, picked up also by the guardian here is rather interesting. In few words, a student @Darwin College at the University of Cambridge has published, on his personal website a MPhil thesis about how to construct a device which shows a flaw on the credit card system, which makes possible to make a transaction with a stolen card using any PIN.

The bankers has asked to take this information down. Now think about it for a moment. Instead to fix it, they asked to take it down.

I can foresee your objection.. They should give them time to act and then disclose the flaw. They actually did, because the problem was reported in 2009 (yes, last year) as said on this letter.

In the letter they also write why they will not take it down:

you seem to think that we might censor a student’s thesis, which is lawful and already in the public domain, simply because a powerful interest finds it inconvenient. This shows a deep misconception of what universities are and how we work. Cambridge is the University of Erasmus, of Newton, and of Darwin; censoring writings that offend the powerful is offensive to our deepest values.

This the right way to go. Full disclosure. Fix the problem, don’t hide it. It was also the position expressed @ the Moka Olografix. (An Italian camping about security which I went ages ago).

Hat tip to Ross Anderson and Omar Choudary.

Following KiteGen and WOW

There is a new blog, where the latest info about the Wind Operation Worldwide will be tracked, together with the news about the KiteGen projects. Don’t miss it!

BTW, there is quick introduction post about the KiteGen technology here and here about the latest news.

Detrazioni del 55% confermate per il 2011

E’ stato confermato il 55% delle riduzioni sugli ecoincentivi.

Prorogato nel 2011 lo sgravio per la riqualificazione energetica degli edifici e delle abitazioni. La detrazione è però spalmata su dieci anni e non su cinque come era lo scorso anno.

La campagna forse è servita.

La DeLorean elettrica in viaggio per l’Italia

Quelli di wired italia hanno fatto il retrofitting da benzina a elettrica di una De Lorean e sono partiti, oggi!

Terna joins the Desertec project


Terna, the Italian Transmission and System Operator, has joined the Desertec project. I got known the DESERTEC project some years ago and I was really excited about it for two reasons:

  • the possibility to harvest a great amount of energy from the sun, in a more efficient way than the photovoltaic1
  • enhance the collaboration within the countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the European Union, where the south countries, like Italy, Greece, France and Spain have to play a really particular and important role.

In my idea Italy should lead this effort, given the geographical position. To achieve that we need to create a culture that is able to integrate with the other, in a way of respect, with the possibility to be free to like or dislike.

One interesting initiative on this line was the Adriatic Festival, happened in Ancona.

1 The photovoltaic panel are the right solution for roofs, however under a certain latitude the concentrated solar power should be preferred due to the better performance per land unit use, the buffer ability and the bigger output.

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