Ted Blog

August 10th TED Blog

Conducted on: 10 August 2018

Want to stay young and live longer- then Socialize!!

People who stay connected and have healthy relationships with friends, acquaintances, relatives and colleagues live longer according to research. Low social interaction is as lethal as inactivity and diseases. Social interaction is as important today as exercising and maintaining a healthful diet. It is the ultimate elixir mantra in the twenty-first century. Electronic blackout is the need of the hour; where people will deliberately cut off technology and interact with each other to foster and nurture good relationships.

So, create a social vibe and notice the water as if you are a fish!!!

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July 27th TED Blog

Conducted on: 27 July 2018

27 July session started on a lighter note. It was all about the battle of sexes and the message conceived can be that true beauty lies in embracing the differences. This hilarious video will surely make you think that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Some sessions are meant to be discussed and some are meant to have fun!!

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July 20th TED Blog

Conducted on: 20 July, 2018

If you think your choices are based on logic and reason, think again. We have less control over our behaviour than we believe. We are not as rational as we think. Why do we spend a large amount on a lavish meal in a fancy restaurant but cut out coupons to get a discount in a grocery store? Emotions, expectations, social norms affect our reasoning according to behavioural economist Dan Ariely. We are rational when it comes to important decisions in our life like investing in stock markets, jobs, and health-care but still we make biased decisions in some areas of our life. Ariely advises people how to break this pattern and make decisions.

If you are in for a real intellectual treat please watch this TED Talk link: Click here

July 13th TED Blog

Conducted on 13 July, 2018

We at SIT not only value the knowledge but also our intellectual capital, and nurture it through a perfect blend of TED talks and group discussions. Book reviews and group discussions about TED talks are organized and conducted every week for the faculty, where novel and breakthrough ideas are shared and discussed. “Epeolatry” the faculty Book club and TED club truly replicates the motto of Symbiosis “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. The faculty participates with full gusto and loves to impart the knowledge and ideas to the students. TED club for students is also on the way and will be functional in a week.

Last week’s TED talk was on “Biomimicry”. The term Biomimicry has been derived from the Greek word “bios”, which means life and mimesis, which means to imitate. Biomimicry is the pathway to innovation. It is generally believed that only poets and writers turn to nature for inspiration but now designers, architects and engineers are turning to nature to innovate and change the face of the earth.

The content in this blog would amaze you through a few examples from different genre. To begin with, termite mounds were the real heroes behind the conception of The Eastgate Shopping center in Harare, Zimbabwe designed by architect Mike Pearce. Irrespective of the temperature outside, the temperature inside the termite mound stays constant. Heating and cooling vents are opened and closed throughout the day to maintain the temperature. The Eastgate saves a lot of energy, to be precise it uses only 10% as compared to the conventional buildings; thereby leading to lower rental rates. Natural objects have the key for efficacious solutions; with the aid of minimum resources sustainability can be targeted. 

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Water is crucial to sustain any civilization. Technology derived from beetles has come to the rescue of humans to enable clean water harvesting. The Stenocara beetle residing in the African Namib dessert is skilful in pulling water out of thin air. Beetles collect moisture from the morning fog through the means of the nodes on their back. The droplets get collected towards the beetles mouth by sliding off the bumps. Biometric patterns are being developed by the academicians to harvest water from the air. Nature has an exhaustive balm to which humans turn time and again.

Thus, nature never did betray the heart that loved her!!

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