“I think in an awful lot of science where there’s a success it’s not a scientific thing. It’s an invention, which is something quite different.”

- James Lovelock, one of the last independent scientists.

Born in 1919, back when “scientist” could be an entire job description rather than “botanist” or…


“Many of the rules followed by a machine are known only by the machine and its designers. When people fail to follow these bizarre, secret rules, and the machine does the wrong thing, its operators are blamed for not understanding the machine, for not following its rigid specifications.

With everyday…


Nuclear reactors are nothing but a glorified full-grown kettle.

Probably the most expensive way to boil water, but at least they produce tons of energy, reliably and without emitting CO2.

It’s difficult to imagine a future without them! …


This is the story of Americium: For me this is engineering at its best, simple, cheap & reliable.

In the late 1930s Swiss physicist Walter Jaeger tried to invent a sensor for poison gas.

He expected that gas entering the sensor would bind to ionized air molecules and thereby alter…

Fun Fact: You shed your entire outer layer of skin cells every 2 to 4 weeks.
That’s the dust the accumulates in your home.
Yes, that’s literally you.

Life is a process of dynamic renewal!

Take for example proteins, they have a half-life from 44 minutes to 22 hours. It…


19th century.

Samuel FB Morse was a painter, a good one, but he wasn’t making a solid living with his art.

At age 34, he was older than his heroes had been when they created their masterpieces. Morse had traveled to Washington to pursue what could’ve been his big break…

🍊 Can fruit be turned into art & fashion? 🍊

Apparently yes! Italian company @OrangeFiber creates sustainable and innovative materials for fashion starting from citrus juice by-products.

Thanks to a patented industrial process they can produce a high-quality fabric capable of joining together two pillars of the Italian heritage: textiles…

I honestly get overwhelmed by the astounding pace of our technologies, we literally can make plants glow all by themselves!

Biotech is super interesting and even though is totally outside my main studies I cannot hold my excitement for its innovations.

Engineering life is one of the most interesting types of engineering!

These kinds of plants could reduce our use of electricity both indoor and outdoor.

In the future maybe we will not need road lights anymore,
just imagine roads with rows and rows of bioluminescent trees!

Robots already exist in nature and are called proteins!

The happy walking guy shown here in the video is called “kinesin”, a motor protein found in eukaryotic cells that supports several functions including mitosis, meiosis, and transport of cellular cargo.

You should think of proteins as a special kind of…

image from Marketoonist

I mean, AI & Crypto are fantastic technologies and surely will make breakthroughs in science, industry, health, and change society in a broader sense.

but there’s a catch…

Do we really need those technologies to create “Tinder for dogs”,

or “Uber for vegans”, or, why not? “a decentralized network to…

Filippo Sergenti

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