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My Favourite Quotes from Billa 2

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♣ என் வாழ்க்கையிலேயே ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் ஒவ்வொரு நிமிஷமும், ஏன், ஒவ்வொரு நொடியும் நானா செதுக்குனது டா.

Translated: In my life, every day, every hour, every second was sculpted by myself.

♠மத்தவங்களோட பயம் நம்மளோட பலம்

Translated: Others’ Fear is our Strength.

♥ஆசை இல்ல, பசி…

Translated: It’s not my Desire, but my hunger.

♦என்னோட நண்பனா இருக்கரதுக்கு எந்த தகுதியும் வேண்டாம், ஆணா என் எதிரியா இருக்குதற்கு தகுதி வேண்டும்

Translated: You don’t need any status to be my friend; but to be my enemy, you do.

♣உர்கார்ந்து வேலை வாங்ரவனுக்கும், தன் உயிர பணயம்
வைத்து வேலை செய்ரவனுக்கும் வித்தியாசம் இருக்கு

Translated: There is a difference between the one who sits down and asks others to do work and the one who puts his life into doing the work.

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Learning from Fear.

This Ted talk was particularly inspiring as it presented Fear in a totally different light. It really taught me why fear was good and how we can harness the positivity of fear.

In this talk, the speaker explores how fear is just as similar to a story, where the character roles are played by us. It has the same structure with a beginning, body and the ending/climax. It’s only humans who are able to project themselves into the trajectory of time, thereby imagining the path into our future. We often think fear is what that limits us, hinders our progress. We see fear as something negative, something to be overcome, something to be conquered to attain success.

In the perspective of the talk, however, it provided me valuable insight into how fear actually prepares us for the worst. What might have been a surprise, will then no longer be one, since we had already anticipated it(the story) to occur. It leaves us to face the consequences bravely. Hence forth, we can utilise fear to our advantage.

Such questions, made me appreciate fear as God’s gift. It is the one that inevitably controls us, and prepares us for the consequences.

Imagine us living in a world without fear for anything. It will be disastrous. No one will bother about committing a crime, for our fear will not be present to intimidate and warn us of the consequences of committing it.  No one will care about the world of tomorrow.

As such, fear is not something we should despise. It is part of all living things and something that ensures their survival.

Instead of fearing fear, let us learn to learn from fear.

::Redesigning the World::Wireless Data Transmission With Light Bulbs!

With the advancement of technology in many areas, anything seems possible in today’s world. What we only dreamt of yesterday, has been pushed to the past. Our dreamspace has no limits in today’s era.

In this intriguing video, Harald Haas explores the usage of light bulbs for the transmission of data. Well, that is comparable to using a light bulb as an USB storage device that is capable of wireless transmission and simultaneously, serving the purpose of providing light to the user. This idea can save millions in today’s technology-equipped world, where light bulbs are ubiquitous. From your table desk lamp, to large building everything houses thousands of light bulbs that the very thought of this project coming into reality makes me stunned. This light bulb, requires a small micro-chip to be placed to inititate the transmission.

However, the only catch is that the light bulb has to be an Light-Emitting Diode(LED). This is simply because only semiconductors are capable of such data transmission. But, this does not limit us. In fact, this so-called limitation empowers us more, since LED bulbs are much more energy-conserving and long-lasting.

The key limitations brought up were addressed as follows:

Capacity: With 10000 times more EM spectrum and LED in the infrastructure, capacity is no longer a problem.

Efficiency: Firstly, the light-bulbs are given an extra function of data transmission which does not affect its primary role of the provision of light. Hence, this means transmission of data actually comes for free!

Availability: With light bulbs being so ubiquitous and still growing in demand with the development and expansion of infrastructure around the world, availability is rarely the cause of worry or limitation.

Security: With light being unable to penetrate through walls, the data being transmitted, such as, a video on to a large screen can simply be contained within the constraints of the 4 walls and the audience. Hence, the issue of security has also been addressed.

I personally believe this idea can be revolutionary in the way that data can be transmitted on such a large-scale. However, I believe such ease of access to light bulbs and transmission, though it may be contained, can lead to unwanted penetration of transmission too. The control of the transmission will also become important in that case.

Reengineering Mosquitoes to Fight Diseases

Recently, I came across this interesting video. Usually when people ask you of the most dangerous animal you could think of, you would usually say a lion, a tiger or a cobra. But, have we ever thought about the puny little mosquito?

It seems that the mosquito is the most lethal animal the human race has ever seen, killing so many people such that the numbers are even greater than when we put together the number of people dead from plague or war! It does not usually cross our minds that the mosquito will ever pose such a fast growing threat, that people a century or just 50 years back would have never heard of: Dengue fever.

However, the advancement of bio-technology, has broken all barriers giving us a powerful weapon known as genetic engineering. This is video researchers from Oxford have researched for a decade to produce sterile male mosquitoes. They have used the 2 following facts to help them: 1) Male mosquitoes do not  and cannot bite, 2) Male mosquitoes are extremely fast in finding female mosquitoes which then leads to reproduction. Since female mosquitoes lay their eggs almost everywhere where there is clear and stagnant water, they can range being under your flowerpot at your house or even a small tray on a vehicle. This fact causes them to be easily transported which is exactly what we are witnessing now. The mosquito has spread from North Africa to almost 100+ countries around the world.

The option of genetically engineering male mosquitoes causing them to become sterile is simply powerful because, when the rapidly mate, their offsprings are unable to survive.

The pilot test regions have shown very good results. In areas with a population around 2000-3000, the population of mosquitoes has fallen by a whopping 85%. This promising result has allowed this technique to be utilized on a larger scale.

It is rather interesting how genetic engineering has provided us with so much power. However, any form of intervention with the forces of nature has to be cautiously dealt with. The same genetic engineering is a double-edged sword that will reward us only when used carefully and for rightful purposes.

Hope Dengue is eradicated soon.