Filling the gap: terahertz waves for next generation sensing and communicationDeveloping technology for the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum used to be only pursued by space exploration scientists and the military. Maria Alonso-delPino uses advances in silicon chip technology to open up a whole universe of more worldly applications.
Taming the software jungle with evolutionary insightsJust like your television or car, software nowadays is often assembled from hundreds of pre-built components – ready-to-use pieces of code created and maintained by companies, volunteer teams and sometimes even individuals. It gives rise to some very interesting dynamics, much like in a natural ecosystem. It’s an analogy professor Diomidis Spinellis wants to explore in his quest to help tame the ever-increasing complexity of software.
A fighter jet and your health, radar can track bothAny kind of sensing, human or not, unveils similarities. Ice and metal may both feel cold. The sun and an apple may both appear to be red. For Francesco Fioranelli, specialised in using radar technology for the classification of objects, there is little difference between a fighter jet manoeuvring at tens of kilometres distance, or an elderly person staggering through a room.
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