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Max Valentinuzzi

Max E. Valentinuzzi (maxvalentinuzzi@ ieee.org) is a professor emeritus with the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, and investigator emeritus with Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

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Biological Pacemakers: Still a Dream?

A biological pacemaker is one or more types of cellular components that, when implanted into certain regions of the heart, produce electrical stimuli that mimic that of the body’s natural pacemaker cells. Somatic gene transfer, cell fusion, or cell transplantation provide a way to realize it as somatic reprogramming strategies, which involve transfer of genes encoding transcription factors to transform working myocardium into a surrogate sinoatrial node, are furthest along in the possibilities.

Giordano Bruno: Expander of the Copernican Universe

Giordano Bruno, or Iordanus Brunus Nolanus (1548–1600), was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and cosmological theorist, born in the Kingdom of Naples. He extended the then novel Copernican model and proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own.

Old Age, Divine Age, Why Not?

Aging (or ageing) is the process of becoming older. In a narrow sense, the term refers to biological aging of human beings, animals, and other organisms. In a broader sense, aging can refer to single cells within an organism (cellular senescence) or to the population of a species (population aging).

The Slide Rule

Perhaps, in the far distant back of times, man in his need to somewhat quantify what he had collected to survive, needed to count, and his own fingers and toes became a good first instrument always available, so that easily got to 20 units.

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Languages and Disabilities: Is There Anything BME Can Help Out With? Some History, Too

The Indo-European Languages (IELs) are a family of several hundred related tongues and dialects. There are about 445 living IELs with over two-thirds (313) of them belonging to the Indo-Iranian Branch (IIB). The most widely spoken IEL by native speakers are Spanish, English, Hindi, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Persian, and Punjabi, each with over 100 million speakers. Today, 46% of the human population speaks an IEL natively, by far the highest of any language family.

Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral, beyond her literary and political activities, was a born teacher, and we owe her much for this. The objective of this article is to highlight this aspect of her life and show how her generous and loving spirit brought light to so many.