Science Communication: An Art to Cut Through the Jargons

A recent article asserts that reading scientific journals have a complex over the last few decades. Science and Nature which used to receive huge readership in the early 1900s are no longer everyone’s cup of tea. The articles published by scientists are meant to communicate ideas to fellow scientists and get validated or recognized for their research. However, it’s really hard for the common public keen to gain an insight into this world of research

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Bioengineering and Fashion

The contribution of Biomechanics to foot and apparel industry is patent. The recent trends of various wearables like apple smart watch or ….. However, the focus of this article is inclined towards the technical aspect rather than present a generic layman description of the subject. In 2009, the investment in Fashion Tech was $50 million and by 2014, the number had risen to $2.8 billion. New York Fashion Tech Lab and Fashion Tech Accelerator are some of the prominent fashion tech labs.

 

I read a research article titled “Flip-flops: Fashionable but functionally flawed.” The research says that flip-flops don’t hold onto the foot tightly like most other shoes and hence, we have to use our muscles and tendons. A company Fitflop Ltd. sells flip-flops on the context that their flip-flops tones the hamstrings and buttocks.

  1. Adjustable Height Heels and Stilettos
  2. Recyclable Clothing materials
  3. Smart Textiles
  4. Bio-engineered textiles have particular advantages like water repellent nature  etc.
  5. Connected Clothing from Loomia

Some further analysis articles: 1. Lee, C-M et al. “Biomechanical Effects of Wearing High Heel Shoes”. Int’l J of Industrial Ergonomics 28: 321 – 326, 2001

The biomechanical solution for stilettos is yet to be achieved.

Companies: 1. Modern Meadow is growing animal-free leather in their industry. The leather industry is currently a $100 billion market globally.

Rachel Arthur writes various articles at the intersection of technology and fashion.

It’s not just about the innovation rather it’s also about the setting and the philosophy that shapes the innovation. (Motivation of the innovation)

‘Bolt Thread’ is aimed at creating new generation of advanced materials.

Economic Theories That An Indian Engineering Student must know

I am quite aware of the middle-class mindset prevalent in the Indian society. There are often various situations like university admissions or further hiring for a job in placements where you can relate to these theories. And trust me, these fascinating theories actually are glaringly obvious and so common.

  1. Theory of Relative Deprivation:
  2. Sunk Cost Effect: Have you ever been in a situation where you spend time although you don’t like doing the things because you have already paid for it? I guess many of us must have been through this situation. This happened with me when I booked a ticket for the movie ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.’ Well, this is called Sunk Cost Effect.
  3. Dilbert’s Salary Theorem:

Doors of Europe and the interesting stories behind them

(Outline only. This is not the complete article. This is a mere layout. I write when I feel like writing.

My research internship at a CNRS Lab in France carried me to Europe. In a conscious effort to revive from the culture shock, I explored the various places in Europe and it helped me to understand the European lifestyle, the thinking of people etc. One of the many things that caught my attention was the majestic doors and windows. I kept walking on the streets of Compiegne during the first weekend. Having an avid interest in graphic designing, the beautiful bold typefaces on the store fronts kept me captive. Calligraphic fonts, bold serifs, slab serifs and a lot more. However, I am writing this about an essential part of buildings which often many ignore in the grandeur of automobiles and beautiful buildings.

At first, it seemed like I am the first one to discover these majestic doors. I thought of creating an entire Facebook page dedicated to the doorways from around the globe. However, Google helped me to know about the various art forms that distinguish these doors, the story behind them and much to my disappointment about various existing projects and travel diaries of people who were equally marvelled by the doors and windows of Europe.

Notre Dame de Paris’s Western Facade

-French Gothic Architecture

– Location: Ile De La Cite

– 4th Arrondisement

– The western facade has three portals, namely Portal of the Virgin, Portal of the Last Judgement and the Portal of St Anne.The three portals are not identical.

The Portal of Last Judgement, which is also the largest of the three, is the last portal to be completed in 1220-1230.

The central statue is of ‘Beau Dieu’ (a Christ teaching) and to the left and right are the statues of the disciples like St Andrew, St John, St Peter etc. Under the tympanum, there are two lintels. On the upper lintel, the archangel Michael is weighing the soul of the dead. The good souls are directed to the Christ’s right and the condemned are directed by the devil to the left, that is to hell. The lower lintel shows the resurrection of the dead.