Our research group has made an open access dataset for image reconstruction available at the following link: www.fips.fi/dataset.php The measurement data was collected and documented by K. Hämäläinen, L. Harhanen, A. Kallonen, A. Kujanpää, E. Niemi and S. Siltanen. Our group used the walnut data for testing several tomographic reconstruction algorithms, as you can see […]
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Ettore Majorana: is the mystery solved?
A breaking piece of news appeared today on one Italian national newspaper: there is proof of Ettore Majorana being in Venezuela in the 1950s. Maybe you have never heard of him, but Majorana was a gifted Italian physicist who had produced great theoretical results in particle physics and quantum mechanics. The discovery of neutrinos was bestowed […]
Italian women in science who made us proud in 2014
2014 was a good year for women in science, especially in mathematics, since for the very first time the Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded with the Fields medal. I would like to move the spotlight on two Italian women who achieved great things in 2014. Samantha Cristoforetti Engineer, air force captain, but mostly astronaut! She is […]
What if getting cancer is mostly about bad luck?
Few days ago, Science published a groundbreaking research by Tomasetti and Vogelstein from Johns Hopkins University, hinting how getting cancer is significantly a matter of bad luck (*). The authors focus on stem cells and their divisions, and by applying some statistics, show that there is a strong correlation between such repeated process and the development of cancer. […]
Science to masses: why it doesn't work?
Here I am, back from the holidays and ready to go back to my publishing rhythm. This post come quite late with respect to the piece of news that inspired it. Long story short, last November the newly appointed President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker eliminated the role of (independent) Chief Scientific Adviser after […]
Grothendieck: quite someone in Mathematics
I opened my favourite online news website last week, to find out a link to a piece of news titled about a mathematician called Alexander Grothendieck passing away. At first - I feel ashamed - I thought "who is this guy?", then I made a quick search on Google to find out that he was quite a […]