Learning Points from BBC Capital’s Article Titled “The Women Who Empty Their Savings to Freeze Their Eggs”

Insurance is important for most of us, especially those who cannot afford bills during emergencies or certain illnesses. There's another type here where women freeze their eggs so that they might be used later when they are ready for a family. Hmm, a case of using money to buy time? http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180627-the-women-who-empty-their-savings-to-freeze-their-eggs 1. Freezing eggs is… Continue reading Learning Points from BBC Capital’s Article Titled “The Women Who Empty Their Savings to Freeze Their Eggs”

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Learning Points from Janine Benyus’s TED Talk on “Biomimicry in Action”

Looking at how badly we have damaged our earth with all the plastic waste, and how we have littered space with too much debris, perhaps it's time to explore how we can finally coexist peacefully with our earth, with help of course from earth's inhabitants itself. https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action Janine Benyus shows us multiple examples of how… Continue reading Learning Points from Janine Benyus’s TED Talk on “Biomimicry in Action”

Learning Points from Robert Full’s TED Talk on “The Secrets of Nature’s Grossest Creatures, Channeled into Robots”

Given the remarkable survivability of the cockroach, it is interesting to see how biomimicry can be used to design super robust and fault tolerant robots. https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_full_the_secrets_of_nature_s_grossest_creatures_channeled_into_robots 1. Cockroaches adjust to perturbations automatically without using brain power, such as earthquakes or movements of branches they are on. 2. Cockroaches adjust there locomotion techniques depending on how… Continue reading Learning Points from Robert Full’s TED Talk on “The Secrets of Nature’s Grossest Creatures, Channeled into Robots”

Learning Points from Sonaar Luthra’s TED Talk on “Meet the Water Canary”

Miners used to bring canaries with them into the mines as early warning devices. For example, the canary will die of carbon monoxide poisoning first, giving the miner the cue to quickly evacuate the mine. Could this be extrapolated to water testing? https://www.ted.com/talks/sonaar_luthra_meet_the_water_canary So this is the equivalent for testing for contaminated water. Current tests… Continue reading Learning Points from Sonaar Luthra’s TED Talk on “Meet the Water Canary”

Learning Points from It’s Ok to be Video Titled “How Evolution Turned a Possum into a Wolf”

There's a very interesting creature found in Tasmania called a thyalcine (Tasmanian wolf). It sort of walks like a wolf, but has a pouch like other marsupials. So, what gives?https://youtube.com/watch?v=fHs_lniTNvI1. Thylacines and wolves shared a common ancestor 160 million years ago. That's the same amount of history a hummingbird has with a velociraptor.2. There are… Continue reading Learning Points from It’s Ok to be Video Titled “How Evolution Turned a Possum into a Wolf”