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Science Trail

This month Science trail takes you to to visit a popular location to spot birds with a bird enthusiast KarthikSai giving you tips on capturing them on camera

A great location for spotting bids is “divyaramam” a place near kapilatheertham  temple in Andhrapradesh close to Tirupathi. It is popular with morning walkers as well as the birds that visit because of the  vegetation and a cool climate

Birds like jungle babbler, rofoustreepie, asian paradise fly cathcher and many others can be spotted here.

What you need to do to photograph birds –

  • Select places where there is greenery and lot of trees and water sources.
  • Always carry a first aid kit.
  • Use camouflage dress to gel with the surroundings as birds can take flight if they feel threatened

Successful data management Part – 2

In the last article in this series we looked at the causes of Implementation failure and Critical Success Factors, in this article we will look at making the Project a success by following best practices, methodology and strong governance processes.

We will follow the Accelerated SAP (ASAP) Implementation methodology following the suggested best practice of ‘Process Driven SAP’ using the Tools from Software AG, SAP AG and HP in different phases of Project Lifecycle.

As per ASAP methodology the project lifecycle consists of the following stages:

  • Project Preparation
  • Business Blueprinting
  • Realization
  • Final Preparation
  • Go-live and support

Indian scientists working on a wearable smart ring that can turn your palm into a gesture interface to control multiple devices.

The remote will be obsolete shortly. We already see a number of day to day gadgets that run on Touchless Technology. All one has to do is move ones hands to operate a television or clap to put the lights off.

While there exist a number of wearable gesture interfaces today that have made things simpler, the scope seems to be limitless.

What comes as a learning is that the gesture based technologies which were meant to ease the experience are too tiring on prolonged use. Secondly, the existing devices mix  both wearable tech and touch-less technology and making it more complex for users.

A group of young entrepreneurs is working on developing a device they call wearfin to tackle these issues.

The expected ourcome is a stylish ring that will be worn on the thumb making it simple to operate.

Science and Evolution of Art

The Science of Art

Art can be defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. When it comes to art, imagination and skills are key words. The application or expression can be done visually in the form of a painting or a sculpture that has charismatic ability to get people attracted through its beauty or emotional power. The visual arts are the various branches of creative activities, such as painting, music, literature, and dance. Whereas, Science from Latin “scientia” meaning “knowledge” is based upon observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Art and Science are generally viewed as two distinct disciplines and totally unrelated to each other. Art is often seen as creative, intuitive, expressive, sensual, experiential, and motional; Science, as methodical, logical, explicative, intellectual, cognitive, and rational. As per Edward O Wilson, “Science explains feeling, while Art transmits it”. But even more fundamentally, “the common property of Science and Art is the transmission of information…and…the respective modes of transmission in Science and Art can be made logically equivalent”.

In fact, Science has always impacted Art and to establish the closer association in between these two disciplines, we need to look into the historical evolution of Art up to its contemporary phase, of the  world in general and India in particular.

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