Nanotechnology is today defined as the understanding, imaging ,control and use of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers which is smaller than the wavelength of visible light and a hundred thousandth the width of a human hair. Amazing properties of materials emerge at those dimensions and the ability to use those materials in different fields in exciting new technology becomes limitless. Futurist and inventor Raymond kurzweil expects the Nano Age to begin as an exponential climb into a vastly different world.This will end the Information age which began in the 1990. According to him this is the potential answer to all our problems and it also hands us the power to destroy ourselves and our home with that much ease. Nanotechnology will become the most powerful tool the human species has ever used. With it, we will literally fashion the world of tomorrow into whatever we so desire How….? that is a billion dollar question!! Continue reading
Even as thousands across the western islands of Philippines watch in despair the grim trail of destruction left by the Typhoon Haiyan and the fear and desperation of many is palpable as the Typhoon now makes a landfall in Vietnam today.
The islands of Philippines are particularly susceptible to typhoons and Tsunami’s and get their fair share of disasters . This time more than 10,000 are feared dead in Philippines and simultaneously 600,000 evacuated in Vietnam. The super typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest storms ever recorded and it has reportedly destroyed around three-quarters of the area of Leyte province. Continue reading
As the rest of the country celebrated Diwali by launching fireworks in the sky , a group of hardworking scientists at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh very successfully launched India’s first mission to the Red Planet Mars. at exactly 2:38 pm on Tuesday. What a moment it was ! This Rs 430-crore project, informally known as “Mangalyaan” which was approved on 3 August, 2012 by ISRO ( Indian Space and Research Organisation) created history as India became the 4th country after USA, Russia and the EU to launch this mission to Mars. Continue reading
I came across this blog...phonebloks.com.…interesting new project which seeks to find a simple solution to a huge problem…one of E waste. It claims that the largest source of E Waste is the short life of old cell phones and their components. The solution is nerdy and downright brilliant!The tagline reads Phonebloks…a phone worth keeping. Already garnering enough support for the movement, the project urges you to join the thunderclap and its 950,713 supporters.Ending on 29th of October, 10 am EDT the project and its details can be found below…join in…be the change….cause a ripple in the global conversation.
Google wants to make you immortal. To do so the heads Larry page and Sergei Brin have set up a new venture called Calico-California Life Company. Calico is set to study and diagnose the human process of aging. Assisted by the 23andme venture, Calico will have no reason to fail as it will collect and diagnose human data on a large scale , the data will be the health report cards of a few billion people. This Big Data venture inspired by Anne Wojcicki makes it possible to create a massive genomic database and thereby understand the permutations and mutations that happen to the human genome during the aging process. Calico will focus on health, wellness, and aging. Headed by former Genentech chief executive and scientist Art Levinson, Calico will have its offices in the Bay Area, a stone’s throw from Google’s headquarters. Continue reading
So what do you know about the imposing doom linked to Climate change ? or are you still in denial? Let me assure you that Climate Change is very real …its happening at a pace that we can barely comprehend. Its fast and its devastating. Scientists the world over claim that the pace of the warming of the planet has slowed down but do you know that the earth has grown warmer by nearly 0.7 degrees since the 1950′s. The oceans are also warming. It is virtually certain most of this is due to human influences, mainly our emissions of carbon dioxide from burning carbon-based fuels, and deforestation.The greatest source of climate uncertainty is political, not scientific. We can choose to limit warning, or we can take our chances in a hotter world. Continue reading
Generally three ages of energy or three Carbon Era’s have been identified- The first carbon era began in the late 1800′ s, with the introduction of coal-powered steam engines and their widespread use in all the industrial enterprises. The Second Carbon Era is the age of Oil which got its start in 1859 when commercial production began in western Pennsylvania. This age only truly took off after World War II with the explosive growth of automobile manufacture and ownership. Continue reading