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Jeff Bezos reminded me of the importance of the carbon footprint

On 2o July I could not stop myself from thinking about Jeff Bezos. He made a short journey to space, organizing his own private trip. There were plenty of headlines. And many different opinions on the subject. Was the issue that was of concern to me if he was returned from space safe and sound?....

A proper approach to inspecting historic buildings

It is said that those who forget their own history are condemned to repeat it. Cultural Heritage is part of that history, talks about our beliefs and experiences, it carries us where we came from and grants our identity. Knowing it helps us to understand the problems of the present and preserving...

Consciousness is not a computation, it is quantum

A lot of the new hype arounf the Artificial Intelligence (AI) is directly related with the potentiality for imitate or overcome the capabilities of the human brain (in terms of data volume managed and process speed) using computers. The neuroscientist Henry Markram in 2009 announced a project that...

How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

When we hear energy efficiency, we always think in improving productive process in facories where we work, in the means of transport we use to move... but never in daily chores in our home. Actions as common as choosing an appliance or the cooking way, establish the degree of our awareness with...

What role does the building sector play in the post-COVID era on the path to climate neutrality?

It is a reality that the building stock, not only in Spain, but in Europe in general is outdated. Although this can be a positive indication that cities have years and history, and buildings can be heritage with high historical value, the reality is also that a large part of them are not energy...

Digitizing cultural heritage: what are we talking about?

The word "Digitization" is ubiquitous today. The term is extremely used but its meaning is worn out when taken to a specific terrain. Answering to how?, with what?, for what?, and even, why? for the particular case of Cultural Heritage it is not an easy taks, nor closed. Digitization and Heritage...

What if urban water networks could become a resource of renewable energy?

Water is a source of life... and energy. In this post, we are addressing the water-energy nexus in the urban context, where both resources are essential and at the same time critical with an unexorable increase in the demand due to demographic movements and economic growth. Traditional...

Can mathematical models help us to take care our planet?

In recent years, it has been heard more and more frequently talking about such an abstract concept as mathematical models in an abstract appearance. With the COVID-19 epidemic, news bulletins were filled with news with "predictions" about what could happen in the future and the impact of different...

Chemical fingerprint of food: an alternative way to fight against food fraud

Just as fingerprints are used to identify people, the chemical profile or "chemical fingerprint" of food is useful in the agri-food sector, because it provides information about the authenticity of food. The study of the digital chemical fingerprint allows, among other aspects, differentiate foods...

Nature returns to Valladolid!

During the confinement, we have witnessed how nature quickly returned to the cities in our absence. Wild flora took over the corner of our cities, growing in every available crevice and gradually recovering lost space. It became visible that the streets also belong to the vegetation, but as it is...

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Agrofood

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Energy & Environment

How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

How can we improve energy efficiency at home?

When we hear energy efficiency, we always think in improving productive process in facories where we work, in the means of transport we use to move... but never in daily chores in our home. Actions as common as choosing an appliance or the cooking way, establish the...

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Construction & Infrastructure

A proper approach to inspecting historic buildings

A proper approach to inspecting historic buildings

It is said that those who forget their own history are condemned to repeat it. Cultural Heritage is part of that history, talks about our beliefs and experiences, it carries us where we came from and grants our identity. Knowing it helps us to understand the problems...

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Industry

Industry 5.0, seriously?

Industry 5.0, seriously?

It seems unbelievable, but 5 years have passed since CARTIF inaugurated the blog with the post on Industry 4.0 in which I analysed some of the keys to the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” and how it could affect the industry in our country. It has always...

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Health & Quality of life

The new paradigm we are waiting

The new paradigm we are waiting

New technologies bring important changes in all sense of humanity life. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) is going to change the very meaning of the concept of ‘human being’ and even the concept of work, which has always been so closely linked to us. The...

The passage of time

The passage of time

It is curious how, at the moment we find ourselves, our sense of time has been so disrupted due to the confinement to which the entire population is subjected. Humanity has developed all kinds of tools that allow us to feel we have everything under control. That is...

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Technology

Education for digitilazation

Education for digitilazation

The digital transformation seems to have become the lifeline of administrative, educational and business sectors in the face of the serious health and economic situation that we are going through. The urgency of incorporating more traditional activities into the...

Covid Trackers

Covid Trackers

For a month, almost since the end of the confinement, we have received daily news about the cases of regrowth, which have not stopped increasing in number and incidence. In Spain we are told, through the media, about how important the work of trackers is to keep...