Brace yourself against radiation

Stemrad belt protects you from radiation exposure

People living in the vicinity of a nuclear facility live under a constant threat of leakage and exposure to radiation. The nuclear disaster that took place in the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 is the most recent example of the damage caused when almost negligent measures are taken to protect the people from radiation exposure.

This is why the Stemrad belt was created – to protect people from life threatening radiation exposure. The belt has been created for the first people to respond to nuclear disasters and it claims to shield the wearers from the effects of gamma radiation by protecting the bone marrow.

Usually, the employees of a nuclear reactor are the first people to respond to a disaster, and usually the number can be anything between ten and fifty. But, in the event of more severe disasters (like the one in Fukushima or the Chernobyl disaster in 1986), the first responders usually receive support from surrounding fire and police stations. This raises the number of people potentially exposed to radiation to hundreds.

In order to keep the public safe, these brave men and women can be exposed to high doses of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. Normal clothing can repel alpha and beta radiation, but gamma radiation causes severe damage to the bone marrow stem cells. The body cannot produce white and red blood cells, and platelets without stem cells. This can result in severe anaemia, leukaemia, or acute radiation syndrome. These conditions require bone marrow transplants, or else the patient is likely to die.

This belt shields the pelvic area that contains 50 percent of all bone marrow with a leaden harness. This means that it cannot provide full body protection against radiation. This could be a serious drawback because some of the most affected areas of the body include the thyroid and the liver.

The 15 kilograms belt is made of differently shaped lead plates that have been layered on top of each other, with Teflon tissue in between them to allow for flexibility. The frame is covered with a fire – resistant Kevlar fabric that ensures full protection against every factor involved in a nuclear disaster. The company says that the belt protects up to five percent of the bone marrow in a person’s body. This amount is enough to regenerate a new batch within a month’s time.

The belt has a Geiger counter built in that works as a gamma radiation monitor, thus keeping the wearer aware of potential dangers through a chirping sound. It also has a cumulative dose decimetre card that displays a scale of rads a person was exposed to.

The makers have already sold the belt in many countries like Israel, Japan, and Russia, and has pending sales in Germany and in the USA. Stemrad also plans to make a protective belt for civilians that will be lighter and more economical than the regular belt. Quite recently, three noble laureates joined the advisory board of the company – Aaron Ciechanover, Roger D. Kornberg, a prominent American biochemist, and biophysicist Michael Levitt.

Find the original article at http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/brace-yourself-against-radiation/article6805589.ece

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Smart jewellery for women

Meet Ringly – a beautiful wearable technology for women, a game changer in its own right

Smart jewellery has not received its due, especially from women. There is now one manufacturer in the market who is trying to bring about a change. There is a lot of evidence that indicates that women are the predominant adopters of most technologies, or that they outnumber men as prospective buyers of wearable gadgets. But, the gadgets available in this category are not appealing enough to enable women to adopt them.

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and smart glasses are not popular amongst women because of the way they look, their pricing, or some functions. But, Ringly changes the whole game.

Wearable technology is expected to have a higher aesthetic standard because you wear them and other people look at it all the time. Some people even tend to judge you by it. However, Ringly does not look like a gadget at all. In fact, it looks like a ring you would wear to cocktail parties, and has a large precious or semi- precious stone set in a matte gold band. The ring is made of bronze- brass alloy and is plated with three microns of 18 carat gold. The water – resistant case it comes in feels sturdy and well made; a far cry from being cheap. When the gold wears away, it just looks a little less matte and shinier.

Apart from aesthetics, Ringly does a quite a good job of being a gadget. It sends discreet notifications and vibrates as you get notifications from your iPhone or Android smartphone. The alerts are sent via Bluetooth Low Energy, and you will be notified only of the most urgent ones. It sends notifications for calls, texts, emails, and appointments, in addition to those from your choice of apps – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Uber, eBay, and Tinder. If you choose any more, you will have to bear with your finger buzzing all day. If you want, the ring will flash a small light on its side for notifications. But, you have the option of shutting it off if you do not want the lights.

With the help of the accompanying smartphone app, you can set four different patterns of vibrations and five different colors for the light.

Charging Ringly is quite simple. It comes with a ring box that doubles up as a charging dock. You just have to keep the ring on it, and it will charge the gadget to run for another two to three days. The ring’s compact design makes it difficult to house a big power cell, and hence the battery life cannot be longer.

It definitely looks chic and fashionable, and as far as wearable technology is concerned, it remains one the nicest looking things in the market. You can pre-order one now for anything between $190 and $260. Go through https://ringly.com to know more.

Courtesy: http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/technology/smart-jewellery-for-women/article6760598.ece

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A business mentor – a friend, philosopher, and guide

The energy that young entrepreneurs have is their greatest asset. We are surrounded by innovations, products, services, and applications that are being and have been developed by the youth of the society. An early start means they do not have much to lose. Their unmatched energies let them dedicate long hours, every day, to a project they believe in.

Young entrepreneurs, however, do not have the wisdom that comes with experience, and this makes it very easy for them to lose track of the bigger picture. It does not take much to get their adrenaline pumping. One idea, and it’s on. They rush into an idea, and start thinking about ways to get in off the ground. They, however, cannot figure out ways to take their work to the next level. This is primarily due to their inexperience and lack of understanding of how start-ups work.

This is why every entrepreneur needs a business mentor.

A mentor will give a budding entrepreneur advice in key areas of the business that he (the entrepreneur) is unaware of. Business mentors are usually entrepreneurs who have been running a successful business for quite some time, and are thus capable of instilling good sense in the younger generation. Mentors are more like role models that help their protégés and guide them through troubled waters, instead of being people whom the youth looks up to and never interacts.

Most mentors believe that young entrepreneurs should do something that they are intensely passionate about. They should delve into things that never fail to excite them, for it is only those who are excited about their work that make a difference.

The youth should appreciate the treasure of knowledge the mentors are sharing. For a mentor – protégé relationship to work, there has to be respect, practical thinking, and accountability.

It is the protégé’s responsibility to tell his mentor of the clear goals he has set for his business, for only then will the latter be able to figure out a way of getting there. The protégé should also constantly create and be productive, while furnishing regular progress reports, and take majority of the decisions for his business instead of depending completely on his mentor.

Looking for someone to guide you is not easy. Not all experienced entrepreneurs will want to mentor you. They will have a lot on their plates, and they might be hard pressed for time. Also, a lot of successful entrepreneurs have never had mentors. So, they are really not sure about how to help you out. But that should not deter you from looking for the one person whose goals match yours.

Once you have identified a list of people who can mentor you, all you have to do is establish communication. An email, a phone call, or a hand written letter is enough for an introduction. Instead of beating around the bush, they would appreciate it if you get to the point and ask them your question. You might be lucky and have a beautiful relationship that is mutually beneficial!

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