Free education from MIT, Princeton or stanford


 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is launching a online diploma courses under a new name called MIT.x  free of charge to anyone interested. Traditional education is becoming expensive and needs students to leave their native place in search of higher education. Technology is changing the game in such a rapid form and many   universities, colleges are forced to adapt to new way of teaching with less cost to students.  Many online courses are already available but there is a fee to be paid to get a certificate from reputed universities. MIT plans to teach free education online with a MIT certificate sent to you on successfully completing the course. Here is the link for more information.  http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/mitx-faq-1219.html

Already academic earth (http://academicearth.org/) is bringing education to masses thru online courses from universities like Princeton and Stanford and will be giving strong competition to MIT .

For those who want to know which university is good in US,  Kiplinger finance has come up with a list of 200 Best universities. Each year, Kiplinger’s assesses quality, cost of education  , the percentage of students who are admitted out of those who applied, the test scores of incoming students, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. Check for more details here http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/privatecolleges/

With  khanacademy (http://www.khanacademy.org/)   and youtube education (http://www.youtube.com/education)   , singularity university http://singularityu.org/  and flatworldknowledge http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/ there are plenty of opportunities for students and those who are interested to get a diploma or degree to pursue or learn a subject matter for free from some of the best professors and teachers online.

Save money on mobile use, Water news and 2011 world solar car race


We have different requirements when it comes to Mobile use. Don’t know which Mobile service plans is cheapest for your mobile use? Here is a app for andriod phones to know which plan is best for your kind of usage. click here to download the app.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.threegsimplified.planhound

Planhound app secured third position in NASSCOM emerge contest. Click here to know more

http://emerge.nasscom.in/2011/08/nasscom-emerge-appfame-2011-%E2%80%93-and-the-winner-is/

 

In case you are using other kind of phones then click here to know which mobile plan suits your requirement.  http://www.3gsimplified.com/search/index

 

Water news

We are facing sever shortage of water and it could become worse as the days pass by. Fresh water resources such as lakes, rivers etc are polluted more and more by humans and industrial wastes that are allowed into them. The only alternate for abundant water is oceans. But separating salt and other chemicals from ocean water is very expensive and there is lot of research going on to reduce the cost of extracting pure water from oceans.

Reverse osmosis is the process of getting clean water from ocean is widely used method in the world. But it is expensive and extensive research to reduce the cost has reached their limits as per a report in science magazine. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6043/712

A team from Yale university are trying to change entire process, by making a series of membranes for the pre- and post-treatment stages of desalination. Click here to read more about this research.  http://opac.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=8775

If any of us come out with a cheap method of cleaning ocean water we could solve water crises not only for India but to many parts of the world. Israel is the country which pioneered water purification process so much and they are world leaders in preservation of water. Recently they built another purification plant at a cost of $423 million. Read more here.  http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/62884

2011 World Solar Challenge

This year’s World Solar car racing Challenge 2011 Darwin to Adelaide is the largest  and the stage is set for an adventure of epic proportions, contested by 21 countries. It’s a 1,800-mile solar car race through the Australian outback. Participants this year come from the U.S., UK, China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and more, to race their often student-designed solar car prototypes, each vying for their moment in the sun. The race stretches from Darwin to Adelaide, and according to the rules of the race, this distance must be cleared with at least 90 percent of the cars’ energy coming from the sun. More can be read here http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/news_and_information

Some of the competitor details can be obtained here

http://mitsolar.blogspot.com/

http://www.sunswift.com/

http://solarcar.stanford.edu/blog

http://www.philsolarchallenge.org/pscs/projects/sikat-ii

http://www.cuer.co.uk/cars/endeavour/

Delhi Technological University’s Avenir is India’s contender in the race this year. It runs on a lithium phosphate battery, and has a cruising speed of 40 mph and a max speed of 52 mph. The team’s big sponsors this year include IndianOil and IndoSolar.

http://energy.einnews.com/news/india-energy-storage