Nikola Tesla Was Right All Along

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This post first appeared on Function Space.

There are many who don’t know who Nikola Tesla was. He was less famous than Newton. He was less popular than Einstein and he was arguably less famous than his arch rival Thomas Edison. But his work powers the device on which you are reading this.

He set a milestone in the electrical industry by inventing the AC (alternating current) induction motor. And to put it in his own words, he has always been a man ahead of time. He could have become the richest person on the planet and the first person with a $1 billion net worth. Had he not ripped up that contract, today those same AC motor royalties would generate billions of dollars every year for Tesla’s relatives. Tesla’s 300 different patents brought him fame and incredible fortune in his lifetime.

He would have died as a rich man! While digging up this great man’s achievements, we got our hands on Tesla’s predictions about the 21st century world and decided to offer our tribute to this creative inventor by regaling the stories about what was and is in store for the future. It is with good reason that one should show interest in the vision of legendary inventor for it has shown abundant resurgence in the past two decades. There is no doubt that the man was a genius.

He was able to take so many ideas swirling around and turn them into instrumental inventions: both real and imagined. Tesla believed himself to be a futurist and thanks to his wondrous imagination that we get to live this digitally smart life. In the infographic below we’ve looked at some of his remarkably prescient predictions over the past few years.

Nikola-Tesla   These days’ the work that scientists and inventors do, make possible things that are unimaginable, allegedly impossible and light years away from reality. But Nikola Tesla may be credited for a large degree of credulity as to his future claims that seem unachievable only for a short period of time! Coming back to Tesla and his predictions, the eminent electrical engineer once said, “I am confident that the inhabitants of Mars are trying to signal to this earth.” Because he was conducting experiments with the help of wireless telegraphy on one of the highest peaks of Rockies and discovered strange disturbances on Mars’s surface! Besides this he has a few more predictions that are yet to happen and they include, mind pictures, wireless transmission of energy, solar sails as a means of propulsion for spacecraft, invisibility, robotic nannies and many more. Thanks to all publication centers and people who knew him, that were lucky enough to get into this brilliant inventors mind and way of thinking whom is believed by many to have created the modern 20th and 21st century. Wish this scientist who is still alive through his vision a very happy 158th birthday!

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Feliz Cumpleaños Lionel Messi, The King of Football

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The football star defies science’s limits and makes us believe in a beneficent God.

If you have seen Messi play, there is no need for an introduction. He is playing football since five and he experts in drawing non footballers to football fans easily! Watching the talent of what this diminutive Leo does with the ball while defenders block him, wrestle him and come in his way in their futile tactics makes us believe that there is a beneficent God who runs on the Earth’s surface every 15 years in the form of Pele, George Best, Maradona, Zidane and now Messi.

While adoring this little man as God let’s take a look at his science backed game strategy that does magic on field.

It has been scientifically proven that lefties have inverted brain hemisphere functions, this makes them more creative, more dynamic and more unpredictable. Messi is lefty. He controls the ball with left foot which implies that he has a genetic advantage over other players!
And physics can explain some of the awe-inspiring free kicks by this brilliant player! See this amazing just 3 minutes video that exemplifies the conservation of momentum, impulse and almost all Newton’s laws. Perhaps one of the most interesting physics phenomena in soccer after Robert Carlos’s free kick explains the curve behind long distance free kicks.

The physics in these free kicks is called the Magnus effect named after the physicist who explored the phenomenon! In a free kick, when a ball is spinning through air in a direction opposite to the applied force, the ‘Magnus force’ will push it in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the movement.

In the video below, you can see some great visuals that aid in understanding the Magnus effect. But really, this is just an excuse to show you Leo Messi’s amazing free kicks:

In addition to the Magnus effect, there’s plenty of other physics phenomena related to soccer. And since the World Cup fever is still getting hotter, take a look at this overview of the physics behind this soccer. We have included plenty of helpful diagrams and explanations of modern research in this subset of science.

And, today is Lionel Messi’s 27th birthday. He is just 27!

According to his club and country’s stats, since he made the leap to the first team, he’s secured three Champions Leagues, six Ligas, two Copas del Rey, 2 European Super Cups, five Spanish Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups. In addition to the team titles, the Argentinian has secured an enviable collection of individual titles: four FIFA Ballons d’Or, three Golden Boots and one FIFA World Player, among many others.
How many more reasons do you need?

This post was first published on Function Space.

 

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

 

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.

Knock, Knock, Knock…Science!

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Knock, knock, knock, science!

Tim Burton, I don’t who, but he accidentally summed up the entire 2014 of my life in a single quote, ‘One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.’

So far, apart from my birth year, this has been the best year of my life. 🙂 🙂

I know it is late to say this, but this will be my year!

Here is why, I will be soon working for a company that is making business in ‘Learning network for science.’ And I fail to believe that this is simply a coincidence. This is what Sheldon would call probability! Or may be he would define probability here!! :p

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, the legendary character that Jim Parson plays in ‘The Big Bang Theory’ an American sitcom. I am sorry for you if you didn’t know him already…but you can thank me now.

Anyway this post is about how to be a true Sheldon fan!

For beginners, start watching ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Join some science forum.

Look up the dictionary for the jargon words.

Attend comicon.

If that is too expensive, buy Sheldon souvenirs online.

When your obsession gets stronger, stalk HBO for the latest broadcast and download it with the internet speed that is displayed in the ‘wanted it, got it’ memes.

But nothing beats what I did. I got a job in a science company!

Yes I did! I did get a job in a company that loves science and in my benefit shares it too!! How about telling them to contact Jim to be our ambassador, how about going and marketing the company in comicon festivals and so on. I am full of new ideas; I think they might have occurred to them too. But to my benefit and the companies too, we found each other. serendipity

Serendipity.

This is my partial serendipity. I found something good when I was actually looking for it but had started believing that I won’t get it soon. And now I have landed myself in job where I can actually use my education (I am a biotechnologist btw!! ) and passion both together and make a living out of it.

Finally I get to live the phrase, ‘do what you like and you will never work for a day.’  And in all this I get to deal with science heads. To some extent nerds too. And who better than Sheldon Cooper can endorse the title?

I think all my new would be colleagues are Sheldon fans; why else would they think of creating a science social media… You see, social media is here to stay, share anything let it be your state of mind or some latest news on the vanished plane, or simply a photo of your new tattoo and science is its oxygen. Social media platforms thrive on logic.

What am I blabbering, right?

Why do you wake up every morning? How do stand? What is the derivative of 137?

What is string theory? How do mosquitoes breathe? How did we evolve? Was Jurassic park true?

There is science behind everything! And the big bang theory has made it easy and fun. And now it is my job to make it interesting, get it to reach every science fan…oops..Sheldon fan! J

Wish me luck for my new job, new opportunity to bring the world closer!

P.S. I am not going to end it without Bazzinga!

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Which two words make you who you are?

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When I decide to dine at a fancy restaurant, first half of my time goes in deciding what am I going to wear and then the later half is invested in selecting how high heels should I wear. But when I actually reach the place and make myself comfortable, all I can think of is wow, her shoes are nice, I need to find those jeans…I wonder if she is wearing make-up….and so on! its-me

Why?

One of the reasons is that I am self conscious (I like to call my obsession consciousness) and the second is I want so many things that I don’t get.

I hope you too face the same crunching desires…may be for different materialistic things, but you do feel the anxiety and the need to hold what you want even though you don’t need it.

“I want”

These are the two words that can shape a person. The intensity of wanting something varies on time, suitable age, place etc. but the bottom line is that these two words are the driving force.

Oh you are free to disagree with me but give me a chance to explain my point.

Unless you want something or someone, you will not work to get it. And working hard enough depends on how desperately you want that thing. Some of us believe that the moment they stopped wanting something they get it, I can’t explain the logic but I can explain the reason, to stop wanting something, you have to start wanting it first and then when you begin to want it, you automatically try to reach there with all the energy, intelligence or any other resource you have. And when you stop, you forget about the efforts you put in at the beginning.

For me, life is a long journey; every moment is a brand new moment to want something new. What you want today, you may not want tomorrow, but you will definitely get it sometime because, that is the law of nature.

You see, unlike us, nature does not like to hurt anybody. Sooner or later you’ll get everything you want. All you have to do is have faith.

I am not experienced enough to preach anything but I don’t know why I wrote this, may be because I realized today that everything that belongs to us is a loan form the society, nature or god. And if I shape my life beyond the two words, I will be a much happier person because I will work for what “you want.”

Wondering how can what you want make me happy? The answer is simple, if what you want is what you get as soon as you think about it, you’ll be happy and since I contributed in making the transition from want to get faster for you, I will be happy!

You have to decide who is that “you” going to be!

I have found my ‘you’…have you?

The Day He Came Home

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loveLike every other Indian girl, I grew up dreaming about my prince charming since a very young age. I somehow got possessive about him so much that I did not realize when I switched on the bollywood mode. But today was an eye opener…
“In relationship” is a status that is not the complete version of taken and leaves a small window of availability. This window gets grilled by commitment and closes on marriage. And I want to close the window. My intentions, views or my future plans were crystal clear. I had found the man of my dreams and finished judging him to be the right one for me. All I needed was to get married.
But one day, my dream changed. Continuous peer pressure reached the threshold of my dream and all I wanted to do was run away from marriages, guys and anything had even the slightest tinkle of a wedding ring!!
Let me make you understand my scene, I had found my man, I knew I want to end up with him, but neither he nor me were ready to make us exclusive…or take our parents into confidence. Reasons were varied, right from dark pasts to stupid reasons like being scared of marriage. When we both were getting comfortable in our virtual commitment cloud, my siblings made the courage to prick it and make my life easier by making this virtual commitment a reality. They told my parents about us. They made us exclusive.
Panicked, I rushed to the phone and told him, “my father wants to meet you” and like the lightning strikes the earth, his “yes” struck me hard and got me back to my senses. It cost me my half days salary to gather myself and face my parents. But I was the mother of this problem and he could have very easily dust his hands of the uncalled responsibility…but he didn’t.
Nightmare is the right word for the situation when a guy meets his girls’ father to officially ask permission to take her away! And today was the day for my guy to face this nightmare. Being judged, being asked absolutely stupid questions, he went through it very patiently wearing a smile throughout. I couldn’t stop wondering, why does he love me so much?
Well, I think I’ll spend the rest of my life finding out the answer and may not even get it. But truly, I am feeling light, everyone knows, and though the getting married part is still unclear, he stood by me when I needed him the most. And that is more than enough reason for me to stand by him whenever he needs me.
This is a genuine dedication to my man…you are my strength. I love you!