Science / Technology

Italy’s New Electric Motorbike

Italy’s New Electric Motorbike

ITALY’S FIRST ELECTRIC MOTORBIKE MAKES 3D DEBUT IN NY By Emily Backus It sounds like a daydream – a sleek, powerful, state-of-the-art motorcycle with Formula 1 technology that plugs into the wall. But the battery is not the most surprising aspect of Italy’s first electric street motorcycle – the Energica – poised to enter dealerships in 2015. Much of the body of the first working model was sculpted by a 3D-printing machine that sprayed layer upon layer of high-performance Windform material from digital...

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Italians Integrate Social Media with Recruiting

Italians Integrate Social Media with Recruiting

What do you get when you take a very old-fashioned and staid business, like corporate recruiting, and inject it with a little bit of social-media savvy? An Italian startup called Intervieweb (www.intervieweb.com), founded by two 20-something college graduates, which gives companies complete control over the entire hiring process and is interoperable with major platforms like Monster, Facebook and LinkedIn. ‘Until recently potential employers would download resumes received via e-mail and archive them in paper format,’ Intervieweb...

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Tuscan island becomes energy independent

Tuscan island becomes energy independent

As the world grapples with the realities of peak oil and climate change, a tiny island off the coast of Tuscany is preparing to ‘go off the grid’ by switching over to wind and solar power for all of its energy needs. Researchers on the island of Capraia have taken a first step in that direction by converting a historic prison into a prototype for technologies that could one day power the entire island. Once completed, the structure’s solar panels, wind turbines and rain-harvesting tanks will provide all of its own power, heat...

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Italian Robot Revolution

Italian Robot Revolution

(ANSA) – Rome – An Italian project to develop robot companions is among six finalists competing for up to one billion euros in funding. The RoboCom project is being developed by researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa and students at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. They believe they can develop a robotic companion able to do small tasks as well as lift heavy loads. If they win the European Commission-sponsored event, they will be eligible for loans of up to one billion euros in funding over...

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Italian Scientists Save Honey-Bees

Italian Scientists Save Honey-Bees


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Italian Scientists Save HoneyBees from Colony Collapse Disorder Italians provide hope to the global honeybee crisis of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) with an innovative solution.  There are many theories regarding CCD, from natural parasitic infections to chemical pesticide treatments of agricultural crops.  Bees are not only a source for edible honey, but are vital to the pollination of millions of food crops around the world, without bees, the global food supply would also face serious risks.  Despite the many unknown variables, Andrea...

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Source for Solar in Sicilia

Source for Solar in Sicilia


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Catania, Sicily is the location for Italy’s largest solar energy manufacturing center, producing integrated multi-juntion, thin-film modules and photo-voltaic cells.  This new high-tech factory will supply the increasing demand for affordable and effective solar energy to the markets of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.  The Enel Green Power and Sharp Solar Energy (ESSE) joint venture will develop, build, and operate 500 MW of photovoltaic power by 2016. [divider top=”0″]

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