Monthly Archives: May 2014

5 science innovations that changed the world!

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Retro Delight: Science & Technology

Fasten your seat belts everyone! Time for a science field trip to The Magical days of the older decades!

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The clunky technology of the ’20s to 90s paved the way for innovations in today’s classrooms. It was an era where there was prestige involved in walking up to the board and write on the chalkboard. However, growing up in that time seems like an adventure to all those who are addicted to fancy gadgets and tools developed from this technology.

Children today would scratch their heads at a floppy disk. And who would know what to do without Google?

To celebrate technology of the past, that laid the foundation of new gadgets, advancing technologies and fancier tools, we have compiled a list of science tools used back in the day even before the existence of the internet!

So buckle up for the blast from the past, because it’s time to ford the river down memory lane.

1. The Computer that Got us on the Moon

‘Apollo guidance Computer’  had a 16-bit word length, with 15 data bits and one parity bit. The iPhone is so advanced compared to the computer used in Apollo’s guidance system that it’s hard to believe they both came from the same planet.

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2. Beginning of Networking

The beginning of networking was laid with ‘news wire services’ in the 1920s, they used multiplex devices that satisfied the definition of a modem, the first commercial modem, specifically for converting digital computer data to analog signals for transmission across its long distance network.

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Its top transmission speed was able to transmit punched cards at 25 bits/second, slower than half of what we use today!

3. X-rays that changed the course of diagnosis

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The emergence of CT scan would not have been possible if not for the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen in 1895.

4. The magic of microscopes

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light microscope developed in 1800s with an aperture of 1.4 has accordingly a maximal useful magnification of 1400 fold. This revealed the cellular structure of almost all living organisms of the plant as well as animal kingdom

5. The Electronic Calculator

The electronic calculators of the mid-1960s were large and heavy desktop machines due to their use of hundreds of transistors on several circuit boards with a large power consumption that required an AC power supply with only square root function.

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And today, even for simple addition- subtraction we need calculators. For geeks like us, scientific calculators are always kept handy.

Besides being grateful for the discovery of the first internet game ‘space-war’ have you imagined where will science and technology be in a decade from now? Edward Teller has rightly said, “The science of today is technology of tomorrow.”

As you bow your head in gratitude towards science, secretly hoping that you get to contribute to these discoveries, here’s a nod to the most breathtaking — advances in science on our platform! (http://functionspace.org/)

Love science, share science!

This post, first appeared on Function Space

 

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How to be the change?

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Just like ‘A for apple’  comes naturally to almost everyone, ‘Change is the only constant’ comes to all those, who know the feeling when they discontinue your favorite lipstick shade or  those who are forced to change schools right between an ongoing academic year.

Change is fundamental and it fundamentally shapes every aspect of our society. However, change is motivated by growth and growth leads to progress. And progress in today’s world is primarily monetized. But if money isn’t the catalyst of change, why do we change?

When I was pursuing education, it was a tedious job to get a chance to use the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reactor) since it was very rarely found in my university. As sparse as the distribution of such tools were, it was harder to learn such techniques and their applications. This made me realize that the future is going to be different- it is going to be simple and online!

The world that we live in today has been created by continuously changing vision of innovators. The fact that there are four PCR machines in one lab, that I can talk to anyone anywhere anytime from my phone for free, or it takes me few hours to reach any corner of the world are some examples of innovative changes.

Let it be any industry, we have been witnessing such progressive changes in all of them. From surgeries to lasers, computers to smart-phones or from fire to light bulb, all are changes for the good. And I’d like to think that- change is an ever continuing process to a better world.

Here are some interesting and practical steps to be the progressive change:

 Be the Problem Solver

To be the change you want to see around you, you need to identify the problem first. But just spotting the problem won’t bring the change. The most important thing is to solve the big problem you are really passionate about. The moment you start looking for a solution, things start to fall in place!

It doesn’t have to be big

A moment that passes will never come back, isn’t a moment very small unit to bring about life altering changes? And it still affects our lives like nothing else does!  So, while beginning the process of change, it does not necessarily have to be big. A small step in the right direction can be a great inspiration to a grand vision.

Widen your spectrum

Yesterday, I tweeted, ‘Pursuing one geography at a time’ by which I meant, pursuing one particular niche, geography, area at a time. Explore your potential, mastering one niche completely before moving on to the next. You should try that too. You’ll definitely be able to embody the progressive change!

Be the pole star

Change is the gap between today and tomorrow. And I learnt this when I joined Function Space as a content evangelist. So changing fields was transformational for me. It enabled me to meet people with alumni that I dreamt of having, learn from their conversations and success stories. But in all this my epicenter was growth, personal growth that was so healthy that made me grow with my organization!

The biggest action to be the change is to learn from the best and not everyone is fortunate to do so! Even if you can’t interact with the best people in your industry, you can always try to learn from them.  Read their blogs and read their books. Follow them on social media platforms.

If everyone is working on changing today to a better tomorrow, the future will be just as you thought, great! Go be the change!

This post first appeared on Medium.