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13 scientific breakthroughs inspired by nature

So much more to be discovered out there. Nature has been doing unique designs for millions of years, it will be naive to ignore its designs.

Alpaca Bubble Bursts

While tragic, the alpaca bubble was by no means unprecedented. In their 2006 paper, which they followed-up with another study in 2012, Sexton and Saitone noted that bubbles like these are common in agriculture. Not long before the alpaca bust, ostrich farmers were investing in their farms, preparing for the day when ostrich burgers were as common as beef burgers. And, in fact, agricultural speculative bubbles stretch far back in American history, to the pre-Civil War Era (Merino sheep, Berkshire hogs, Broom corn, and Rohan potatoes.)

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Its always fascinating to see which animal catches the imagination. I am really surprised Panda’s haven’t been commercially farmed yet. Which animal do you think will see the big boom next. Peacocks may be…

Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?

“There’s really no good explanation,” she says. “We think that simply it’s more comfortable,” says Hallager.

This seem to the simple answer for now, we need more research on it.

But in another study, New Zealand scientists observing flamingos and other wading birds found that water temperature didn’t seem to make a difference. Instead, they said, it appears that flamingos share a primitive feature also seen in whales and dolphins: the ability to shut down half the brain while sleeping. That keeps the underwater animals from drowning while asleep.

As flamingos go into this half-awake state, “the natural reflex may be for one leg to be lifted towards the body as if it were gently lowering the body onto the ground,” said the scientists, who further reported that the posture is likely an automatic response to getting drowsy. And, standing on one leg would keep them from falling over and drowning, because flamingos—unlike ducks, for instance—have a build that lets them easily stand on one leg without losing their balance or having to harshly angle their knee or ankle joints.

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This looks more promising theory and in my opinion could turn out to be the reason.

Brain drain: ‘Missing link’ discovered in the brain

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.

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Could these vessels be trained to take out tumours and other diseases causing bacteria from brain. Its unbelievable that we have so much more to discover in our own brains.

Facebook boot camps and 5am breakfasts

But when the top Facebook managers realised they had crossed the 150 threshold they became uneasy. The reason lay with the concept known as “Dunbar’s number” — the theory developed by British evolutionary psychologist-cum-anthropologist Robin Dunbar. In the 1990s, Dunbar conducted research on primates and concluded that the size of a functioning social group was closely related to the size of a human, monkey or ape brain. If a brain was small, the size of a monkey’s or ape’s, say, the creature could only cope with a limited number of meaningful social relations (a few dozen). But if a brain was bigger, as for a human, a wider circle of relationships could be formed. Humans did this, Dunbar argued, via “social grooming”, conventions that enabled people to be closely bonded. Just as primates created ties by physically grooming each other’s fur by picking out nits, humans bonded with laughter, music, gossip, dance and all other ritualistic day-to-day interactions that develop when people work or live together.

Companies that are getting bigger and have more than 150 employees, please take note. You need to put in a process to keep all the employees involved and connected.

Flipkart launches in-app chat feature called Ping

The chat app was built by a Bangalore based team of 30 people within nine months.

“It transfers only 80KB of data compared to other social apps which transfer about 2 MB per connection,” Ranjan added.

Source: Flipkart launches in-app chat feature called Ping

Wow 2 MB per connection, no wonder people are recharging so many data recharges. Ping will not succeed, really do you want another social account to talk about your shopping. Then what are twitter and Instagram for…

Japan can’t get enough KFC on Christmas Day

But Japan’s love of American fast food does not dim with the Christmas lights once December 25 has come and gone—KFC’s ability to take it’s traditional foods and adapt them to Japanese culture has made a bucket of chicken a meal worth having year round. This April, they opened a three-story restaurant at the south entrance of Shimokitazawa station in Tokyo which offers the company’s first-ever, fully stocked whiskey bar—what their website says gives visitors a taste of “Good ‘ol America.”

(There are now over 15,000 KFC outlets in 105 countries and territories around the world.)

I see this trend continuing, more and more companies becoming traditions during festivals and events. The companies that adapt to local cultures and traditions quickly will have the advantage. You can already see the trend with ice creams becoming the required dessert during Indian weddings and events.

Apple computers will feel the effect of China’s slowdown

Apple has few other options for serious growth than the burgeoning Chinese smartphone market. That’s what happens when you’re already a gigantic and wildly successful company.

Apple has already enjoyed meteoric growth in China, generating $13.2 billion in sales in the most recent quarter. That’s more than double revenue generated a year earlier.

That growth will inevitably slow, but broader economic struggles in China could mean that Apple’s days of setting revenue records could be numbered. CEO Tim Cook recently touched on these issues, expressing long-term optimism but concern about the current situation.

Manufacturing and the highest demand for Apple is from China. So its going to have an effect on them. But the Yuan being lower also gives them advantage in manufacturing in China.

Many of those American eateries have found success in China. KFC alone had 4,828 locations in 2014 in the country, according to Yum.

Another interesting snippet from this article… 200 KFC per province.

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New 3-D Glass Printer Is a Lot Like What They Did 4,000 Years Ago


The production of glassware by coiling strands of molten glass is a throwback to the earliest methods of glass-making

Glass would be the hardest material to use in the 3D printing process because it takes longer to cool down. But this method can only make one type of product. Still very interesting indeed.

Market bloodbath and interesting stats

“@b50: India has 125cr people. Only 2.2cr have a demat account, 3.3cr have equity mutual fund folio. #Sensex crash does NOT matter.”

“@b50: And finally, in terms of value, FIIs hold 22-23% of the market, vs 9-10% by local institutions. #Sensex crash does not matter.”

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We were protected because Equity market is not considered a safe investment in India. So not many are invested in it. And ironically this latest bust will only make that belief stronger.

200 stocks defy market bloodbath

Among others, Videocon Industries jumped 4.36 per cent to an intra-day high of Rs 143.30, while Sunrise Asian was trading with gains of 0.81 per cent.

Other stocks that were trading in the positive zone include – Orissa Sponge and Iron (up 17.83 per cent), Emami Infrastructure (up 11.83 per cent), Jindal Worldwide (up 4.55 per cent and Binny Mills (up 4.38 per cent) among others.

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Quite surprised none of the big companies were in the 200. Videocon is only slowly turing around from its heyday. The other companies on the list need good global markets, so really surprised to see them in the green.

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