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Innovative solution.
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Dotting the I 

Colorful bindis are being handed out to tribal women in India by a philanthropic organization. When worn on the forehead, each dot delivers a daily dose of 100-150 micrograms of iodine (chemical symbol: I) which is absorbed by the skin. At least 70 million Indians suffer from iodine deficiency disorders. Sure, oral supplements or iodized salts are more efficient, but the tribal women won't take them. The bindis are a socially more acceptable, and creative, approach to dietary compliance! 

Bad Air: Iodine deficiencies were described by ancient Roman writers and medieval travelers, who would encounter entire villages in the Alps or southern Europe struck by cretinism.  Thought to be due to "bad air" or "stagnant water" in the mountains, we now know that dwarfism, deformed bones and intellectual disability are due to lack of iodine-rich thyroid hormone. Goiter belts characterized the more mildly afflicted inland regions of Europe and N. America, where populations were marked by enlarged thyroids and grossly swollen throats. Along the coast, however, wave action disperses natural iodine salts from sea water into the air, from where it enters our ecosystem. No wonder, sea air was recommended for recuperating invalids. 

The Rise and Fall of I: After the discovery of iodine in 1811, Lugol's solution (mostly potassium iodide, or KI) became the universal panacea of western medicine. Medical students were advised:

If ye don’t know where, what, and why 
Prescribe ye then K and I

But too much of a good thing led to the discovery that excess iodine actually blocked thyroid hormone production (known as Wolff-Chaikoff effect). Today, the Reference Daily Intake or RDI has decreased from 1 gram, to 150 micrograms, which many practitioners believe is too little. Proponents of iodine therapy point out the benefits in preventing breast cancer, skin disorders and more. For a fascinating history of the controversies and facts see the article in the reference. 

REF: http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/

Video: Jeevan Bindi- The Life Saving Dot (1 min long)
https://youtu.be/Sclg_AfGzcE

Photo: Subir Basak 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/subirbasak/

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Add your voice in support of Net neutrality. 
 
சமீபத்தில் இணைய நடுநிலைமை பற்றி இந்தியில் ஒரு குறும்படம் பார்த்தேன். இதை தமிழில் எடுக்குமாறு நட்பு ஊடகங்களில் வேண்டுகோள் விடுத்து இருந்தேன். ஓரிரு நாட்களிலேயே, IIT Mumbai நண்பர்கள் இந்தக் குறும்படத...
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I can't read it...I know..this language belongs to 1/4 of the world's population probably...and I apologize, but I still can't read it...
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Cool Hoverbike!
 
cool clip about a hoverbike - 6 million views.  If everyone had things like this, we would need less roads.  :) Just breathtaking gardens, parks with a thousand flowers, scents, colors, amazing stuff instead of the boring grey roads. The corridors for flying a few feet above ground could be even made of purple grass so everyone knows and they don't just fly anywhere. :)

We need some anti-gravity, stuff that can hover just 2-3 feet above, silently, so that in case one falls, there is no injury. This hoverbike is too noisy for residential areas, but a nice concept. :)   If you want more info, go to the company website http://aerofex.com/. The bike is able to travel at 72 km/h (45 mph) and can hover up to 3.7 meters  (11 feet) off the ground.
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Isn't this the reality?
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:( more funny!!
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Amazing thought process for disease control. 
 
Fighting infectious diseases
Saving the world from Ebola suddenly sounds so simple, as the solution spills from Colonel Dan Wattendorf’s mouth, up on the stage in the windowless banquet hall of this Marriott hotel south of San Francisco. "We’re going to take the genetic code and put it into a format where you go to your drug store or doctor and get a shot in the arm," Wattendorf told a room full of medical researchers and technologists.
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ஹ்ம்ம்ம்ம்... will wait and see!
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Coursera, my favorite MOOC platform is 3 years old. Great initiative. 
 
It's Coursera’s third birthday! We’re excited for the years ahead to continue our mission in bringing universal access to the worlds best education for our learners.
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Proverbs that need revision!
 
“Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not silence.” — Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
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Thank you, how true! Never thought about it, but women are very skilled at using silence as aggression. 
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The other side of the grass...
 
“The paradox is that at the same time we've developed machines that behave more and more like humans, we've developed educational systems that push children to think like computers and behave like ...
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Nobel disease? I think they were just exploring some thing based on intuition the rest of us do not readily agree. Isn't that how scientists ventured to discover what the rest agreed to later. So why call their intuition a disease. If this is a disease, I would say a person would not evolve into a scientist without this.  
 
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.
Nobel Disease
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Nobel_disease
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Interesting Mushroom. 
 
amazing TedTalk -- 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World
"mycelium is the earth's natural internet" 
"important antibiotics come from fungi"  
"converted diesel hydro-carbons to carbohydrates" (habitat restoration)
"reduces coliform bacteria"  ... "active anti-viral"  ... "pest control WITHOUT chemical pesticides"
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  • Government College of Technology, Coimbatore
    Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), 1964 - 1969
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
    Precision Engineering, 1974 - 1976
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Native of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, India. 
Currently settled in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. 
Studied at GCT - Coimbatore, and IIT - Madras. 
Worked at ISRO, DCM Data Products, ORG Systems, TVS E, and Honeywell Technology Solutions- Bangalore
Currently a Freelance Consultant, Trainer, and Mentor. 

I have a very wide range of interests. Science, Technologies for online education, Alternate sources of energy, Strategy, Six sigma, Statistics, Systemic thinking, Mathematical modelling, Embedded systems, Manufacturing cost, People development, Supply chain management, Hoshin Kanri, General management, Philosophy, Quotable quotes, Tamil language, Japanese language, and Carnatic Music.  I pursue life long learning. 

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    2009 - present
  • Indian Space Research Organization
    1969 - 1977
  • DCM Data Products
    1977 - 1978
  • ORG Systems
    1978 - 1987
  • TVS Electronics
    1987 - 2000
  • Honeywell Technology Solutions
    2004 - 2008
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