Nanoparticles in bones and artificial intelligence everywhere

María Vallet-Regí, an expert in smart biomaterials for bone regeneration, presented the “agent 007” that they have developed in their laboratory: silica nanoparticles, which, provided with the necessary elements, are using to solve three typical bone diseases, which are osteoporosis, cancer and bone infections. She related the process of production and preparation of the nanoparticles to achieve not only they release the necessary drug, but also to ensure that they locate the area they must treat, and ensure that they cross the biological barriers they find on the road.

What is artificial intelligence? The creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. The physicist Christophe Rossel pointed that artificial intelligence is providing very effective for all industries today: health, manufacturing, education, logistics, financial services… Artificial intelligence made possible by fast evolution of Information Technologies. He finished telling that artificial intelligence is everywhere today. 

The capacity of molecular machines
The Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Jean-Pierre Sauvage dealt with molecular machines, and some of the chemical reactions that cause the conformation changes that give rise to the movement of those machines. He cited several molecular machines that are found in nature, such as ATPsintase or muscles, and others that have been designed and synthesized in the laboratory, such as catenane. His talk run in a very didactic way, and did not leave without mentioning the importance of the properties and utilities that these machines give rise to.

Today's day ended with another session of Naukas.
Tomorrow's program

10:00 - 13:00 Passion Txiki, Club Room, Victoria Eugenia Theatre
10:00 I Investigate
12:15 In the laboratory of Life

17:30 - 18:30 Special Naukas Passion

18:30 - 19:50 Plenary lectures

18:30 Pamela DIGGLE
19:10 Dudley HERSCHBACH

19:50 - 20:10 Closing


Computational Chemists meeting
Within the Passion for Knowledge festival, the Dynapeutics UPV / EHU Summer Course has been held in Donostia throughout the week, where 40 young researchers working in computational techniques, such as computer simulations, in the fields of Chemistry and Biochemistry, came to learn from researchers at the highest level of that discipline (a group of 16 speakers, all of them were also international origin). Throughout the week students received both theoretical and practical lessons, and, in addition, they didn’t lost the opportunity to enjoy the presentations of the other top-level speakers offered by the P4K festival.

We learn from mistakes
This morning the massive meetings between prestigious scientists and high school students have been held at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Albert Fert, María Martinón-Torres and Christophe Rossel talked about their passion for science and research and answered the questions asked by young people. One of the ideas that the three have insisted was that one should not be afraid of errors. They pointed out that great scientists are normal people, who feel, suffer and are wrong like the rest of us.

Did you know...
that Dynapeutics is an initiative organized in the framework of a joint effort among various european universities to create a training networking? It was organized for the first time within the Passion for Knowledge 2016 festival, and all the researchers who participated as teachers in that event had been students of Martin Karplus, one of the invited speakers of that edition of Passion for Knowledge. In this second edition, most of the people who came as teachers or speakers are former students of Karplus, that have been positioned at the highest level of computational chemistry.
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