Links 2011-01-31

January 31, 2011

A simple article on simple principles; yet worth publishing.



Remind Me: A Google Chrome extension

January 28, 2011

Following link will take you to the Google chrome’s Remind ME extension.

I am used to browsing indefinitely by following links from one site to the other and so on. Now with Remind me installed, I am able to control browsing time.

This is helping to

1. Manage time better and

2. to relax my eyes with reminders set for every 20-30 minutes.

This extension is worth trying  🙂

Links 2011-01-24

January 24, 2011

Agriculture needs ‘greenest’ revolution to cope with rising prices

Imp notes I found are the following

“Farmers will have to produce more from their land by harnessing recent innovations, including biotechnology, to feed the 9 billion people who are expected to populate the world by 2050”

“The problem is the world has not really been linking food, water, climate change, and energy.”

I was thinking, the food price increase is local to few countries. It’s no more true. I would be happy if our government sees into this issue. Govt needs to focus more on Agricultural research in addition to the other initiatives such as nanotech and energy iniatives.

There is more research happening on cancer therapy, etc. If one can find the ways of producing food grains innovatively, using the safe ways of farming, I hope we can stop cancer, etc. Most of these chronic diseases, I feel, are due to more use of toxic pesticides, also herbisides, that attack on the genetic information of plants.

New microscopy method opens window on previously unseen cell features

“Nongjian (N.J.) Tao and his colleagues at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University have pioneered a new technique capable of peering into single cells and even intracellular processes with unprecedented clarity. The method, known as electrochemical impedance microscopy (EIM) may be used to explore subtle features of profound importance for basic and applied research, including ,  (or apoptosis) and electroporation—a process that can be used to introduce DNA or drugs into cells.”

Split-cycle engine now more efficient than traditional combustion engine

Interesting  🙂

Links 2011-01-23

January 23, 2011

Sibal announced that the government will set up 50 research parks during the 12th Five Year Plan.

This is a good sign for Indian science. Unless we use all the resources in the right way, we are not going to win in the race of making India the leader in Science & technology.

Links 2011-01-22 Reaction engineering: Status and future challenges

January 22, 2011

Reaction engineering: Status and future challenges

The authors says

“It is argued here that the key challenge for CRE is the development of new more efficient and profitable technologies. This is to be accomplished via an improved science-based scale-up methodology for transfer of molecular discoveries to sustainable non-polluting processes that can meet the future energy, environmental, food and materials needs of the world

But as pointed out by the author, it is more challenging to develop technologies keeping in mind the environmental effects, future food, energy and material needs. For any technology to survive, the main driving force is money. This is very much true for countries like us, where there is least awareness of many important issues, other than economic development.

Other links

Current methods for characterising mixing and flow in microchannels

Microreaction engineering — is small better?

Quote 2011-01-12

January 12, 2011

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
~ Malcolm X

Links 2011-01-11

January 11, 2011

Pliable particles open door to drug delivery

Glassy metal set to rival steel

Explosion from aqueous hydrogen peroxide and acetic anhydride