Monday, June 20, 2011

The Tortoise and the Hare: Director's Cut

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything – Aesop, Greek fable author

Once upon a time, hare and a tortoise were friends. The hare was very proud of his speed. He always made fun of the tortoise. One day the tortoise became angry and challenged him to run a race. The hare readily accepted the challenge and the race began. The hare ran fast and vary soon he was far ahead of the tortoise. He wanted to take some rest and lay down under a shady tree. He slept and did not wake up soon. But the tortoise kept on moving slowly and steadily. It reached the winning post. When hare woke up he ran as fast as he could. But when he reached the winning post, he was ashamed to see the tortoise already sitting there. Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.
But the story does not end here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Elixir of Life – Quest for (nu)clear Energy

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. – Isaac Asimov 

The modern human lifestyle and greed for comfort have led us to an environmental crisis, a disorder in the environment, called entropy. The energy production processes adopted by the modern human are gifting heat to the environment thus resulting thermal pollution. This is one of the major factors of global warming and a small change in the environmental temperature can have irreversible consequences on the metabolic processes of plants and animals. This can, in turn, lead to serious disruption of the overall ecological unit.


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