Are you on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and other social sites? Then read this.


According to a study we spent lot’s of time on Facebook and other social sites to drive away boredom, for interpersonal communication and self expression. Most of the content on Facebook does not add any value because we are not seeking information but just trying to express ourselves. Facebook or any social website is bad for students or many of the working employees. Our brain is built to think of  ourselves (our goals, studies, career etc) and work hard towards achieving success but the brain is also wired to seek recognition , pleasure and fun. When the Brain is free(most of the time when you are doing routine work)  it looks for pleasure and fun. The brain’s favorite past time is thinking of friends, movies, celebrity’s,  fun or other people. The craving to interact with people, get recognized  made Facebook and other social websites successful.   Facebook and other social websites are built to cater to our inner feelings of wanting to get recognized (seeking friends, building our online reputation and our desire for  people to click LIKE button on our posts) .  Social media has become so rewarding and addictive and makes our brain weak and we forget to focus on building our career’s or preparing for the crucial exams.  It is very hard to control our impulse and this pleasure seeking brain makes it more hard for people to focus on what is important for life and waste many hours online seeking pleasure or recognition.  The following is a extract from  Forbes magazine article

““Facebook has had a huge impact on the social, emotional and cognitive development of young people,” says Steyer, an expert on media and children’s issues, who is concerned about how social networking affects children and teens’ brain development. “It’s time to have a serious discussion about this.” Steyer founded and runs non-profit educational group Common Sense Media and is working to kick that discussion into higher gear with his new book “Talking Back To Facebook: The Common Sense Guide To Raising Kids In The Digital Age.”  http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2012/05/17/heres-a-completely-different-reason-to-be-skeptical-about-facebook/

The above facts are confirmed by a study conducted on students who are failing in studies. Here is the link for more details on the facts http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/oct/08/poor-grades-linked-too-much-socializing/?print

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101022093715.htm

So now you know the danger of too much time spent on Facebook or any other social media.  It is time that you look at the other blog I wrote on how to become smart again https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/simple-ways-to-become-smarter/  with simple steps and get back to success in your studies or career.

For improving your knowledge here are links to some great websites

http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

http://www.edxonline.org/

For learning how to repair anything in the house or learn some new trade

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide

http://www.dozuki.com/

For learning software code for free http://code.google.com/edu/

for students to participate in Microsoft talent competition  http://www.imaginecup.com/

A chair made from plastic waste, saw dust and glass pieces check details at http://54.247.163.140/  and http://www.emeco.net/article/homepage-broom.html

Wave powered Boats, Mushroom Plastics


Liquid Robotics is a company that built a boat called “wave glider robot” that uses wave power to propel itself forward. We have many monitoring stations on the ground but this one is on the ocean to monitor water quality for Oil companies like the ones we have in India. The Boats are also equipped with solar cells has zero emissions, requires no fueling, and doesn’t need any power. The company give away the boats for free but sell the data monitoring services. Dept.of Oceanography, ONGC , Reliance and other offshore / Onshore companies should take a hard look at these emerging technologies. More details click here. http://liquidr.com/

Mushroom Plastics

We all know that polystyrene (Plastic materials)  is used extensively, practically non-biodegradable, toxic to marine and other life, and not really recyclable but just reused. The reused material is again thrown away. A New York based company ECOVATIVE came up with a idea of mixing mixing agricultural waste, such as rice husks and oat hulls,  with Mycellium (Mushroom)  ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5frPV58tY   in the growth phase by making the mushroom hard enough so that they can use this biodegradable material instead of polystyrene. The stuff is used by companies such as Steelcase, Ford to name a few.

Check more details at http://www.ecovativedesign.com/  Ecovative plans to license its designs, both in the U.S. and overseas.

From plastic waste to energy


Plastic is derived from natural gas or oil. so it is a source of energy. If you burn plastic for cooking it gives more heat than normal wood or charcoal. But it does pollute the environment while burning plastic in the open.

As part of a project Dow chemicals burnt 578 pounds of plastic ( linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), a material used in plastic bags, plastic wrap and films, as well as other products like cable covers and tubes) to convert plastic to energy. It claims that it could recover 96 percent of the energy by burning down the waste plastic materials. We in India should also consider option of burning plastic to convert it to energy instead of sending used plastic bags to landfill. More details of this news click here http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/05/24/for-dow-burning-hard-recycle-plastic-better-landfilling

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:83BDClXDlugJ:www.americanchemistry.com/plastics/doc.asp%3FCID%3D2369%26DID%3D10698+acc+waste+to+energy&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESjcn3l8YtJ_sp7bT2PnE_3a1KtnL4chIabcehYvvCT0G03-VibXpAjRhQ3yzeVmTZvtSXLCBXexXz7RJySDAeIczc5h9WtJ1mKCpVVAUgGSRIXmFf53CWkut9jEh8uKumHj-1Lo&sig=AHIEtbRdz9bYxs78MJm8mqkThGIUpaLRKQ

Waste-to-energy plants are a mainstay of garbage disposal in Europe, as well as an important source of heat or electricity. About 400 plants are scattered across the continent, and together they take care of about 30% of the plastics Europe diverts from landfill.  The Netherlands, for instance, landfills only 3% of its trash, and burns 35% for energy.

Hope we in India do our best to reduce use of plastic or convert plastic back to energy.