Category: Science & Technology

Google Io Showcases Wearable Technologies

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It seems that wearable technology is going to be the in thing in the next few years. During the 2012 Google I/O, a major theme that was being pushed would be technology that would be wearable by the consumers.

Instead of having to bring along a separate device in bags or pant pockets, it seems that Google (and other tech companies for that matter) would want users to actually wear them as part of their outfit. Perhaps the idea behind this is that it would make the device much more embedded into the lives of its users.

Historical Use:

Industry observers mentioned that the idea is not that far-fetched. In fact, the military would already have prototypes and actual products of utilizing wearable computers. Usually, these military themed devices are used either for their communications capabilities or their GPS functionalities. However, the trend is to slowly bring these military devices into use for regular consumers.

In fact, there are now more companies who have tried to integrate their devices into more wearable designs. For example, MIT researches have long been looking at how they can manufacture wearable computers. Another example would be on how Apples iPod Nano has now made a wristband like peripheral which you could use to wear the highly capable device as a wrist watch.

Googles take:

Not one to be left behind by technology, Google also has something up their sleeve. They have previously announced the Google Glass. Google glass is a wearable device that would provide its users with a video game like heads up display while they are doing their everyday tasks.

Some analysts believe that Googles involvement in wearable technology would help push forward the acceptance of wearable devices. As of now, the use and acceptance of it is usually limited to the aforementioned military uses as well as to some of the rich and tech savvy people.

Analysts are speculating that similar to what happened with Android and smartphones, a Google role in the push for wearable technologies would also help push the number of devices that would provide this kind of function to the consumers,

Of course, people should note that despite the Google glass being highlighted in this years Google I/O, the actual thing is still in development. Many experts believe that the soonest that it would become available for commercial release would still be in 2 or 3 more years.

Cbse India Introduces A Common Syllabus For Maths & Science!

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The Union Ministry of Human Resource and CBSE India are leaving no stone unturned to make lives easy for school students across the various boards in India! The latest stride towards this endeavor is the introduction of a common syllabus for Maths and Science for the students of classes XI and XII across all the educational boards. Therefore, from the academic year starting 2011-12, students from all the boards in the country can look forward to a uniform syllabus!

An initiative like this by CBSE India will ensure a level playing field for all the students while they prepare for their engineering and medical entrance examinations. Hence, while all you students studying in classes XI & XII, preparing for your national level engineering and medical entrance exams from the year 2012, need no longer worry about the extensive syllabi covered by your friend in CBSE or other national/ state board.

A common syllabus is just the first step by the Human Resource Ministry and CBSE India towards a flexible pattern of education that is comparable to the education systems existing in the West. CBSE India also has plans in the pipeline to conduct a common entrance exam for Medical and Engineering courses in India by 2013. If such a plan by CBSE India gains acceptance from all the academic corners in the country, life after class XII is only set to get easier for students.

However, implementation of a common syllabus by CBSE India has also garnered a lot of criticism by NCERT. NCERT is of the view that Council of School Board of Education (COBSE) has no right to push the common syllabus agenda. NCERT believes that the decision to undertake any curriculum revision exercise should rightfully rest with itself as NCERT has been instrumental in all such changes over the past years. It also believes that COBSE is just a coordinating body between the various school boards in the country.

Amidst all this controversy, major stakes are now on successful implementation of this common syllabus scheme for Maths and Science. Success of a common syllabus like this could also spread cheer in the lives of students studying in the Commerce and Humanities streams. Talks are around for a uniform syllabus for various subjects in these streams as well. What more could have students asked for to ensure a smooth and stress-free studying experience!

There are various websites that provide CBSE-aligned learning resources for students studying in classes V-XII. A common syllabus for Maths and Science will also ensure that more students can now seek help from such websites and reap benefits of quality and extensive learning resources.

All students studying under CBSE India can expect a lot of good news in the near future as well.

All the best for the future!

What are the business benefits of NFC mobile phone technology

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Near Field Communications, or NFC, is a new technology with unlimited applications.

NFC uses RFID technology built in to the latest generation of mobile phones to scan or swipe small RFID tags, which can be placed just about anywhere. Tags can be programmed to trigger different actions when they are swiped by phones.

Many businesses or organisations have field based operations that need managing in real time. NFC technology gives these businesses leading edge management capability.

NFC can be used in a diverse array of industries with mobile staff, mobile assets, or multiple sites and locations. Because NFC technology uses readily available NFC enabled mobile phones and inexpensive tags, it can be applied anywhere, and by any type of field personnel.

The key benefits of NFC technology for businesses with a field based operation include:

1. NFC is Easy to Use

Using NFC technology is so simple, it’s accessible to just about anyone.

All that’s needed to run NFC operations in the field are RFID tags which can be situated in key locations, and NFC-enabled mobile phones.

For field operations staff, using Over-C NFC technology is simplicity itself. Just tough a tag with a phone, and that’s it. An automated NFC management system then does the rest, recording the time and location of staff, and sending them any special information or data they may need on their NFC enabled mobile phone.

2. NFC Improves Communication

NFC is an extremely effective way of improving two way communications between managers and their staff in the field.

Whenever a field operative touches an NFC tag with their mobile phone the operational management team receive an instant and verifiable confirmation of the location of field staff. Field staff can benefit from automated reporting, which saves time and improves accuracy.

3. NFC Enables Real Time Management

NFC technology lets businesses operate and respond in real time.

When an NFC tag is touched by a mobile phone, notification is in seconds, so operations managers always know exactly where their field personnel are, and what they are doing.

NFC allows businesses to streamline the way people work at, and report from, remote locations. It also allows field based personnel to focus on what they do best, whilst managers benefit from greater visibility in field operations.

4. NFC Improves Customer Service

NFC technology actively helps businesses to deliver enhanced customer service.

Data reporting by field operations staff becomes faster, more efficient and more accurate.

Field operations managers can use this real time data to generate customer reports and measure results faster than ever before – and faster than their competitors.

In fact, using NFC technology in a business can give it a commercial edge to help it gain and retain high value clients.

How to write Science Term Paper

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Writing a science term paper is not a very difficult task if you have a clear perception and thorough knowledge regarding your particular subject. As the case is with all types of term papers, writing a science term paper requires that you strictly follow certain specific guidelines. Following are the specific guidelines regarding how to write a science term paper for students of all levels.

If you dont have a pre-assigned topic for your science term paper, you should select one that is interesting to you within your particular subject. After selecting a suitable topic for your science term paper, carry out detailed academic research on the topic question through all available sources of information such as textbooks, the college library and the internet. You are required to look at all relevant research material including books, educational publications, related websites to name some and pinpoint the data and information most germane to your science term paper topic. After highlighting the relevant research material, organise it and develop an outline for your science term paper. Your science term paper outline would include a cover page, an introduction, a main body and a conclusion besides a separate section for bibliography and references.

Once you have prepared the outline with regards to the data and information gathered from your research material, you need to start writing your science term paper. Give a short description of your topic question and state your thesis statement in the introduction section. Following the introduction, write the main body of your science term paper explaining your topic question in detail with facts and findings of your research along with your own opinion and the evidence supporting it. The conclusion of your science term paper contains a recap of the main points with your personal inference on the topic question. Cite all references properly in the bibliography and references section of your science term paper.

Last but not the least; remember to write your science term paper in an appealing style to maintain the interest of the readers from the beginning to the end.

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Rudraksha Science Therapy

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Rudraksha Power unleashed

Rudra Centre has been involved on very intensive study on the effects of Rudraksha Beads and in the past six months,discovered new facts which were unknown till date. Studies done jointly with Doctors and Scientists from India and abroad have clearly shown that Rudraksha Power has been untapped of its true capacity till date. We have now discovered the true Secret of Rudraksha Power.

>> Rudraksha is the most powerful blessing on the Earth with capacity to change your destiny.

>> It pulls you away from the limitations of your birth chart.

>> It pacifies unfavourable planets in your chart.

>> It removes the blockage from your system making you whole and divine.

>> IT’S MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY KNOWN REMEDY TILL DATE.

The secret lies in selecting quality beads and most important assembling it correctly in a necklace or bracelet, and then chanting the appropriate mantra’s to invoke the power.Anyone can sell Rudraksha as a bead, but to sell it as a power bead and unleash its power needs true knowledge. Without this knowledge only a fraction of its power is realised.All Rudraksha malas and combinations from Rudra Centre are henceforth being sent according to the new Research. We recommend clients to get the beads strung from us rather than string themselves. Without correct stringing style, Rudraksha bead do not form a circuit and do not give effect. The most powerful combination of beads can become non effective if not strung in the correct style. This correct stringing pattern has been revealed to Rudra Centre after intensive research and will be used for the benefits of our clients.

Experience the Unleashed Power of Rudraksha Science Therapy

According to Jabalopanishad the gifting of Rudraksha fetches high merits (punya). Give then to your near and dear ones and help them live a complete life.

We do therapies for serious illness (physical/mental). Please e-mail us for details.

Bold mention in Vedic Puranas, Upanishads, Srimadbhagawad, as being most powerful aid to alignment of self to God and for living fulfilled lives.

These books have specific reference to 1 mukhi to 21 mukhi Rudraksha, each capable of aligning the positive energies around us to specific aspects of health, happiness, spiritual fulfillment, prosperity, creativity, intuitive ability, material fulfillment, family harmony, attraction, self-empowerment, and fearless life.

If you are interested to know something more on Rudraksha Science Therapy and other details,you are welcome to the Rudraksha Science Therapy site.

Svc Technology Revolutionizes Video Conferencing

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A newly minted standard, called scalable video coding (SVC), enables video streaming at multiple resolutions, quality levels and bit rates. The ability to scale video performance based on the end point is achieved through this relatively new technology called H.264/SVC (Scalable Video Coding) that not only compresses but also distributes the video stream.

The standard allows us to have layers of encoded video, and if we use intelligent devices, it can allow us do lots of other things as well. To understand the principle behind these intelligent devices, we need to look at how videoconferences usually work.

Today’s videoconferencing relies on fairly unintelligent devices at the edge, and intelligence in the core, which is also called a “mainframe” model. A multi-point conferencing unit receives streams of video from each participant, decodes them, combines them and re-encodes them.

The traditional approach of doing encoding and decoding in the core introduces delay. It also means that users all get the same data stream, rather than one suited to their bandwidth, window size and client. In short, transcoding in the cloud makes for lousy conversations.

The SVC architecture puts more intelligence at the edge and a specialized router in the core. In the new model, the router and each participant’s client work together. They tailor data transmission to each client’s demands. When a client shrinks the size of their video window, the router knows and as a result, sends fewer bits, less frames, or lower-quality video to that client without affecting everyone else. The router isn’t busy encoding, merging and decoding streams, but it knows about processing, window size and bandwidth, which it can adjust dynamically throughout the call.

The standard tells us how to decode. The method used to encode is a lot harder and is considered the secret sauce. The router is usually a 1RU, Linux-based quad-core computer that handles up to hundred-way conferences. It is usually sold as a subscription model for about $1,000 per HD port per year, which is cheaper than the traditionally capital-intensive spending around video conferencing. Video gateways that let “legacy” video conferencing hardware work with the new standard are also available in the market.

This technology allows us to get live, four-way web-based conferencing in which each participant may have different local settings from a high-definition video at 60 frames per second to a consumer-grade VGA connection to a notebook camera. And the best part is that a typical broadband connection will suffice for end users.

Too Much Stimulation With Today’s Technology

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Is there anything more annoying than that person standing ni front of you in a grocery store or checkout line babbling away on a cell phone while a kind salesperson is trying to help them? The cell phone person nods and points directions at the clerk while enjoying a riveting conversation over nothing. There is nothing more annoying and we won’t even discuss people who miss green lights because of their nonsensical cell phone ramblings.

Turn off the cell phone and turn off the laptop and any other portable device you may be carrying with you. There is a certain amount of excitement and adventure in being inaccessible. It can be a little bit scary at first, not being on the grid, not being in constant communication with everyone on the outside world, but it is necessary to do once in a while to regain your sanity.

People have become so reliant on today’s new technology that personal communication has dwindled to nothing. How many times are you on vacation and someone has to dart back to the hotel room to check on the laptop to make sure no important messages were received on the e-mail? There’s a reason to take vacation, but now the new term is “working vacation.”

If you can just stay away from the cell phone for a few minutes, take a walk around the mall and you will see how many mindless drones are babbling away on their cell phones or texting their friends who are likely in the same mall at the same time. It gets to look ridiculous. If you invite friends with kids over to your house, place a ban on use of your computer or they will just sit there avoiding family time to message their friends.

Everybody needs some time to themselves and nothing short of an emergency is worth so much that it can’t wait a few hours. If you check your Facebook pages, chances are that 99 percent of the messages are just gibberish being written by people with nothing better to do. Take some time away from technology and enjoy life.

Music Science Fair Projects

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Music Science Fair Projects

Students and adults alike might be surprised that an interest in music and participation in a science fair can be combined. Music science fair projects are some of the most interesting demonstrations at the school event. Most people enjoy some style of music in their car, at home, with a personal music player, in a band, or at concert. Many people enjoy singing in a choir. What all these venues have in common is obviously music. What most participants do not realize is that there is science at work in every note they play, sing or hear! Music science fair projects offer the students and the visitors to the event to learn completely new concepts of science as they relate to music. Many of these people will leave the event with a deeper level of understanding of and appreciation for the magical science that is music!

Music science fair projects are chosen by students who have a love of the universal language that we all call music. The most creative students will choose music science fair projects to investigate the various topics surrounding the production and enjoyment of music. The first category of music science fair projects will focus on different ways to produce the tones that human being consider musical. This may include an investigation of the sounds of music from different cultures. Included in this are the unique instruments found around the world. Additionally, this may investigate the rhythms that different cultures gravitate toward. These types of music science fair projects will also demonstrate the creativity of students as they develop their own mechanisms for making musical tones. The most popular of these are crystal containers filled with various depths of water.

The other group of students presenting music science fair projects may focus on the effects that music has on people. Instead of examining the instruments, these students will explore the old adage that music hath charms to sooth the savage breast. There are still research studies being conducted on the soothing effects of music on various demographics of people as well as different animal and plant life. These students who present demonstrations and research findings on this data also increase everyones understanding and appreciation for the universal language of music.

Science and Health Scientist Addresses Cancer Concerns Related to Atrazine

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Elizabeth Whelan, President of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) posted a great entry on ACSHs Health Facts and Fears blog on the growing attempts by activist groups to convince the EPA to ban atrazine due to cancer claims and other health concerns.

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It helps farmers fight weeds on corn, sugar cane and other crops, leading to dramatic increases in crop yields. Without it, our food supply would be in jeopardy. Activists want the public to believe that atrazine causes cancer and birth defects, but its simply not true. Whelan writes:

“Atrazines health and safety record is stellar. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires monitoring for a multitude of chemicals, including atrazine. Levels of atrazine in U.S. waters are well within the federal lifetime drinking water standard a level containing a 1,000-fold safety buffer. The Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 completed a 12-year review involving 60,000 different studies and concluded that the current use of atrazine poses “no harm” to the general population infants, children and adults. According to this same regulatory agency (which oversees pesticide use) atrazine is “one of the most closely examined pesticides in the marketplace.”

Whelan points out that many activists are not willing to accept this assessment and were able to cast doubts upon the issue with the EPA. As a result, last fall the EPA announced it would initiate a re-re-re-evaluation of atrazine and health. These activists will not be happy until the EPA bans this herbicide, which would then open the door for activists to attack more chemicals, claiming they are unsafe.

Finally, Whelan points to the media for “scaring” the public into thinking that these “chemicals” are unsafe and that the manner in which they are evaluated should be changed:

“Many of the recent media chemical scares, like the two hour “toxic” presentation on CNN, argue that a) there are tens of thousands of “chemicals” out there; and b) the current government policy, assuming these chemicals are safe until contrary evidence was presented, must be reversed so that a chemical is considered hazardous until it is “proven safe.” But how do you prove something to be safe? Its like trying to prove a negative it cant be done. The example of atrazine with decades of safe use, thousands of studies that found no harm to humans and years of getting a green light from EPA (which is not known for understating chemical risks) leaves us with the question: After all these evaluations and years of use, if atrazine doesnt meet the criteria for “safety,” what chemical possibly could?”

Ideas for an 8th Grade Science fair Project

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Coming up with 8th grade science fair project ideas can be pretty challenging especially if this subject isnt your favorite. There are some ways to come up with plan for classroom experiments that suits your personal tastes and the requirements for the class. It may help to talk to your teacher about a few possible science projects that you can complete.

Remember that the idea for the assignment does not have to be completely original. Try looking for interesting projects for a science fair that are variations of ones done in the past. It helps if you completely know the subject really well. Studying past assignments is a great way to get inspiration.

These experiments for science shows shouldnt be copied. They just serve as a source of inspiration. Imagine being the teacher when developing 8th grade science fair project ideas. He has probably seen the same thing year after year. Try to choose something thats interesting enough to you that you will be willing to put your own spin on the endeavor.

Use your personal strengths when developing a plan for a science fair project. If you are a great artist, mix this into your science presentation. Computer knowledge is very valuable in this subject. Add graphs, charts and other visual aids using programs like Microsoft Excel. Work as many of your own talents into your 8th grade science fair project ideas.

Keep focused. Its easy to fall into the temptation to try and communicate everything you know about the subject. However, your science fair assignment should be targeted on one specific theory, question or goal. Begin with a statement and refer back to it frequently. If the information doesnt relate or doesnt make any sense, get rid of it. Your teacher will thank you for it.

Be prepared to explain your science project ideas with other people. Some teachers like to conduct interviews. Worse yet, many teachers may require you to create a speech about the science fair assignment. This speech may be followed by questions that you have to answer on the spot. This is why choosing a topic that is focused is so important.

Dont worry about getting too fancy. Look for concepts that you really like and understand well. Create something that explains your understanding in a creative way. 8th grade science fair project ideas may be difficult to find at first but if you use your strengths and interests you may find more than one that interests you.

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