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NARA'S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 7

NOVEMBER 2011

NUMBER 11


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MEMO FROM NARA


All can’t be rich in a country. Only few people can become rich because of their talents and hard work. If we read the story of these peoples’ life, we can understand the way they started their life and ultimately where they reached. Most of them might have tasted the bad side of life. But their determination and will power made them to think of new directions to succeed and see the other side of life – a life full of opportunity and prosperity. Earning money and becoming rich are the sole aim of these people. In fact they are good thinkers, producers, job creators and wealth distributors. Therefore, the society needs them. There are competitions among the rich people to become richer and super richer. The rich requires more people around them to protect them. So, rich people cannot live alone. They are protected by devoted and faithful assistants who lead a life of their own with the help of the rich people. Some rich people are kind and generous whereas, some others are arrogant and cruel too. The poor people who depend on these kind or arrogant riches like to become or make their children to become the one like their masters one day or other. It is the aspiration of the human mind.



All those who are educated may not be rich. So education may not be a criterion to become rich. How to become rich then? There are millions of books written on this subject by many eminent authors. They indicate the ways and means by which one can become rich. In general, they suggest that one has to do some intelligent work which has not been attempted by others. High thinking and simple living are considered to be the secret of becoming rich. Making money is the basis of becoming rich. Investing the earned money in new projects to make more money is the intelligent way to become super rich. There are many rich people in the world. Some of them earn money illegally and get into trouble when they are caught. Therefore, one has to be careful in earning money and enjoy the title of richness. People with good character and conduct can perform well in all fields of work and come up in life more successfully as an honorable rich person. They will be recognized all over the world. The joy of giving to the needy is a concept already present in the minds of riches. Money, in fact, has to be shared, invested and used. Storing money and calling oneself rich is a stupid idea. Money has to be in circulation so that human needs can be met. Investing for infra-structure projects helps to develop a country and make more and more people moving towards the circle of richness.



A country can be called as rich if its people are rich. The government of each country is trying to do its best to make the poor rich by providing them opportunities such as education, jobs, infrastructure facilities, health-care etc. Comfortable life is essential for all - rich and poor – in any country. The difference between the rich and poor should be minimized over time. But it is not an easy task; however, it should be tried at all costs by every government. Accumulated assets in temples, churches, mosques and gurudwaras have to be invested to improve the living conditions of the poor people. Rich cannot live comfortably in a poor country. Hence, it’s the duty of the riches to take care of the poor by providing all facilities what they need to improve their lives. Richness is the goal everyone aims at. Some hit at it and some miss it.

TO QUOTE...


We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach. – Bertrand Russell

JUST TO LAUGH


On an American safari, a lion suddenly pounced on Robert’s wife.

Wife: Shoot him!

Robert: Yes, Yes, I’m changing the battery of my camera.

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Beggar A: Had a grand dinner at Taj.

Beggar B: How?

Beggar A: I got a 100 rupee note, went to the Taj and ate worth Rs. 2000/- I couldn’t pay the bill. So the manager handed me to the police. I gave the police Rs. 100/-. He set me free.

ATTITUDE TIPS


Smile. It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown.

Make a grateful list. Focus on all the great things in your life to enhance feelings of joy and attract more good things.

Break outside your comfort zone. Being comfortable doesn't make you happy—challenging yourself does.

Follow your gut. Most of the time your first instinct is not only correct, but the best choice.

Don't regret your decisions. If it turns out you were wrong, don't waste time worrying about it, instead make the next best decision and move forward.

Accept that you can't be happy all the time. Focus on being content and the truly happiness will be all that much sweeter.

Try to see from others' perspectives. Much of our unhappiness comes from our frustration with other people not understanding us. Try to imagine how they see the world and the frustration will ease.

Let the little things go. There's no sense in wasting your energy and inhibiting your happiness by worrying about things you can't change.

Make the decision to be happy. Happiness is an attitude, not a physical state.

HEALTH TIPS


Get enough sleep. Sleeping for 8 hours per night can elevate your mood and better prepare you to greet the day.

Take vitamin C. Keeping your immune system happy will keep you happy.

Laugh out loud. Laughing releases endorphins and lowers levels of stress hormones.

Cook with more garlic. Garlic not only adds delicious flavor to meals, it also keeps blood pressure down to keep you relaxed and healthy.

Get more fresh air. Fresh air is invigorating and alters the levels of serotonin in your brain—the stuff that makes you happy!

Eat more foods with tryptophan. It has an amino acid needed to make serotonin, the chemicals that make you happy. Try more bananas, dairy products and poultry.

Work out. Exercising can not only make you feel better about yourself, it also releases endorphins in your body to give you a natural high.

Eat chocolate. Besides releasing endorphins and stimulating serotonin production in your brain, chocolate releases phenylethylamine, the chemical that causes feelings of love.

NOBEL PRIZE 2011


Ø  PHYSICS: Saul Perimutter (52) – US; Brian Schmidt (44) – US; Australian; Adam G. Riess (42) – US for discovering the accelerating expansion of the universe.

Ø  CHEMISTRY: Dan Shechtman (70) – Israel for the discovery of quasicrystals – having pentagons that doesn’t repeat itself exactly.

Ø  PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE: Bruce Bentler (US); Jules Hoffman (France); Ralph Steinman (Canada) for immune system.

Ø  LITERATURE: Thomas Transtromer (80) (Sweden) for his condensed, translucent images in his poetry collections characterized by economy, correctness and poignant metaphors.

Ø  PEACE: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – Liberia; Leymah Gbowee – Liberia; Tawakul Karman – Yemen (All women)

Ø  ECONOMICS: Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims – US – for developing statistical tools to unravel effect of monetary policy on economy.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE


Academic knowledge gets you ahead in a competitive world and on the surface, academic performance relates to: the ability to study and remember facts; being able to see how facts fit together and form larger patterns of knowledge; being able to think for yourself in relation to facts; being able to communicate your knowledge verbally or down on paper.

Scratch the surface and you'll find that good academic performance is also linked to having good organizational skills such as a tidy place to work and good time management. Scratch more deeply and you'll find that excellent academic performance depends on having the right mind-set for learning.


BIOMIMETICS


Biomimetics is a field of science that studies biological processes for effectively using them in the development of innovative engineering materials and systems. At present, most industrial interest in biomimetics is found in the aerospace, textiles, computing, artificial intelligence and sensor sectors, with a limited track record in construction (mainly in materials and design). Self-cleaning paints are based on the lotus effect, the unique ability of a lotus leaf surface to avoid wetting. This is mainly due to the presence of micro scale protuberances covered with waxy nano crystals on the surface. Both the protrubances and the wax crystals make the surface of lotus super-hydrophobic in nature, which means water droplets easily roll over the leaf surface taking contaminants and dust particles with them. The phenomenon is popularly known as the ‘self-cleaning effect.’ The self-cleaning property is highly important for water plants. This natural phenomenon occurring in lotus leaf led to the finding of self-cleaning paint.

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY


Synthetic Biology is the name given to an emerging field of research that combines elements of biology, engineering, genetics, chemistry, and computer science. The diverse but related endeavours that fall under its umbrella rely on chemically synthesized DNA, along with standardized and automatable processes, to create new biochemical systems or organisms with novel or enhanced characteristics. Whereas standard biology treats the structure and chemistry of living things as natural phenomena to be understood and explained, synthetic biology treats biochemical processes, molecules, and structures as raw materials and tools to be used in novel and potentially useful ways, often quite independent of their natural roles. It joins the knowledge and techniques of biology with the practical principles and techniques of engineering. “Bottom-up” synthetic biologists, those in the very earliest stages of research, seek to create novel biochemical systems and organisms from scratch, using nothing but chemical reagents. “Top-down” synthetic biologists, who have been working for several decades, treat existing organisms, genes, enzymes, and other biological materials as parts or tools to be reconfigured for purposes chosen by the investigator.

LINES I LIKED...


Ø  A concentrated mind pays attention to thoughts, words, acts and plans.

Ø  A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Ø  A curious mind with a keen eye for detail is important for professionals.


Go for someone who makes you smile!

Meet you next month – December, 2011

 

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP



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