Tagged: future

Back where the web began: matter, antimatter

txt: CERN: How the web began

The first proposal for the World Wide Web (WWW) was made at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, and further refined by him and Robert Cailliau in 1990.

txt: Antimatter atoms produced and trapped at CERN

Antimatter – or the lack of it – remains one of the biggest mysteries of science. Matter and its counterpart are identical except for opposite charge, and they annihilate when they meet. At the Big Bang, matter and antimatter should have been produced in equal amounts. However, we know that our world is made up of matter: antimatter seems to have disappeared. To find out what has happened to it, scientists employ a range of methods to investigate whether a tiny difference in the properties of matter and antimatter could point towards an explanation.

links:
- CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research is the world’s leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva.
- The ALPHA Collaboration
- CERN Courier: Keeping antihydrogen: the ALPHA trap

img: General views of the ALPHA experiment; – CERN PhotoLab

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A learning centre: The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

video: Great Architects – Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa – Rolex Learning Center

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsV2jeKeM0g]

txt: An introduction – The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL is the research home of the beginning of the modern computer mouse, of the ambitious Blue Brain Project, and of innovative ideas towards sustainable development. Offering tuition at all levels from undergraduate to PhD, it is one of the world’s fastest growing campuses. It is currently ranked alongside Cambridge as the top university in Europe in the category of engineering, technology and computer sciences according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Situated on a single campus overlooking the shores of Lake Geneva at Lausanne, Switzerland, with extraordinary views of the Alps, EPFL accommodates 11,000 people. These include 7,000 students as well as professors, over 4,000 researchers and other faculty members, plus administrative staff and a number of entrepreneurs running small start-up science and technology businesses located on the campus.

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The world’s first hydrogen-run power plant: Fusina (Venice, Italy)

txt: Enel Opens Hydrogen-Run Power Plant – The Wall Street Journal

FUSINA, Italy – Enel SpA on Monday opened the world’s first hydrogen-run power plant as the Italian utility beefs up its green credentials ahead of the planned multibillion-euro sale of its renewables unit set for the fall. The new plant located in Fusina, a short distance from Venice, has an overall generation capacity of 16 megawatts.

txt: ENEL inaugura a Fusina il primo impianto industriale a idrogeno al mondo – Venezia, 12 luglio 2010

L’impianto sperimentale ad altissima efficienza si colloca nell’ambito dei progetti di Hydrogen Park, il Consorzio nato nel 2003 su iniziativa dell’Unione Industriali di Venezia, con il sostegno della Regione Veneto e del Ministero dell’Ambiente per circa 4 milioni di euro, allo scopo di promuovere nell’area di Porto Marghera lo sviluppo e le applicazioni delle tecnologie dell’idrogeno nel settore del trasporto e della generazione.

link: www.hydrogenpark.com – no english version yet :-(

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There is no future without memory / Non c’è futuro senza memoria

Take a walk into the industrial area of Marghera. Walk alone, at 2 pm, under a summer sun. Exit the station of Mestre, get into the chaos of cars, buses, trains (planes and ships farther). Then you arrive. Silence. Long and deserted streets. Sun, lot of sun. Ok, the Vegapark of course, but then you walk, you walk a lot. Behind. Around. Around the petrochemicals, the shipyards, the docks (the dock of the Nitrogen!), the the big ships, the skeletons of the sheds, the dead rails, the futuristic overpasses.
If there is a place where the collision between past present and future is so harsh, that place is still Marghera. You get there to see signs of innovation, of future: Vegapark, technology, creativity (the coworking, for example). But when you’re there you cannot escape the present, even less the past. Most of the bills with it are still open. Heavy. We need a sustainable future, for all.
[it] Fatti un giro per la zona industriale di Marghera. A piedi, da solo, alle due del pomeriggio, sotto il sole d’estate. Esci dalla stazione di Mestre, t’infili nel caos di macchine, autobus, treni (più in là, aerei e navi). E poi arrivi. Silenzio. Strade lunghe e deserte. Tanto sole. Sì, il Vegapark, ovvio, ma poi cammini, cammini ancora. Cammini tanto. Dietro. Intorno. Al petrolchimico, ai cantieri navali, alle banchine (la banchina dell’Azoto!), alle grandi navi ormeggiate, agli scheletri dei capannoni, ai binari morti, ai cavalcavia futuristici.
Se c’è un posto dove la collisione tra passato presente e futuro è così dura, quel posto è ancora Marghera. E ci vieni per vedere segni di innovazione, di futuro: il Vegapark, la tecnologia, la creatività (il coworking, per esempio). Ma quando sei lì davvero non puoi fuggire al presente, meno che meno al passato. E molti conti sono ancora lì: Aperti. Pesanti. Serve un futuro sostenibile, per tutti.

link: Associazione Gabriele Bortolozzo

video: VEGA Science & Technology Park

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzEKefA3PYU]

video: Porto Marghera – Inganno Letale

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIGG60lq7l4]

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Venice as a large workshop of the contemporary

Best wishes and good luck on your new job, Mr. Orsoni

txt: Inaugural address of the Venice Mayor Giorgio Orsoni – Venezia, 26 aprile 2010

The water town and the land town will be one big metropolis, with different characteristics that complete and reinforce each other, but should increasingly be linked especially in the common objectives. The city can be a large workshop of the contemporary culture production and of the green and immaterial economy, and may be the capital of the new era that awaits us: a paradigm city, a landmark of the world where the future is announced or builded.
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Città d’acqua e città di terra saranno un’unica grande metropoli, con caratteristiche diverse che si completano e rafforzano, ma devono essere sempre più collegate e unite soprattutto negli obiettivi comuni. La città che può essere allo stesso tempo grande officina della contemporaneità, della produzione culturale e dell’economia verde e immateriale, proprio per questo può essere capitale della nuova era che ci aspetta: una città paradigma uno dei luoghi simbolo del mondo in cui si annuncia o si costruisce il futuro.

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