Carlo Rovelli

October 10: Flowing I stop and do nothing. Nothing happens. I am thinking about nothing. I listen to the passing of time. This is time, familiar and intimate. We are taken by it. The rush of seconds, hours, years that hurls us towards life then drags us towards nothingness … We inhabit time as fish…

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Andre Geim

October 9th: Precious If someone gives you a diamond proclaiming it symbolises how their love will last forever, be ready to reply: “Liar!” The precious diamonds are a material made exclusively of carbon. There is another material with the same exact composition: graphite (i.e. the lead in pencils). The only difference is their atomic and…

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Hedy Lamarr

October 8th: Star Movie star Hedy Lamarr was regarded as the most beautiful woman in the world. But she was more than that. She was creative and curious. She invented an improved traffic stoplight, helped aviator Howard Hughes to speed aeroplanes by inspiring their design on fast fishes and birds, devised a dissolvable tablet to make…

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Ettore Majorana

October 7th: Exhausted “There are several categories of scientists in the world; those of second or third rank do their best but never get very far. Then there is the first rank, those who make important discoveries, fundamental to scientific progress. But then there are the geniuses, like Galilei and Newton. Majorana was one of…

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Arthur Ashkin

October 6th: Drooling Did you know that you can push stuff with light? More than that, you can use light to trap objects and move them around. Ok, the stuff has to be small, micrometric small. And the light better be a laser. And you need a lens. But this is pretty much all you…

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Rita Levi Montalcini

October 5th: Chicken Memories. Thoughts. The precious skills required to make a delicious frittata. All stored and processed in the brain. An intricate net of nerves growing around and interconnecting of which we know a lot and yet still too little. What regulates nerves growth was only discovered in the 1950s when Rita Levi Montalcini…

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Samantha Cristoforetti

October 3rd: Roasted Every Italian knows the importance of well-roasted beans to make the perfect coffee. Samantha Cristoforetti is no different. Except she takes her espresso in space. She has been often renamed as a woman of records: the first Italian woman in space, the longest uninterrupted flight for a European astronaut, the first to…

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Neil Armstrong

October 2nd: Tranquil  B.A. “Contact light.” N.A. “Shutdown.” B.A. “Okay. Engine stop” C.D. “We copy you down, Eagle.” N.A. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” C.D. “Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.” This is the transcript of Buzz Aldrin, Neil…

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