Monday, 23 May 2011

Construction of a gaint Ice Dome

Institute for Structural Engineering, Vienna University of TechnologyThey made the ice by spraying water onto this circular surface and waiting for it to freeze. The team also built a wooden tower in the middle to help support the dome segments during construction. (The steel rods sticking out of the ice were necessary to connect the ice segments to the lifting device later on.)

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Brown rice-superior to White rice

Rice is the second most staple diet in the world.For billions of people their meal is incomplete without rice.Rich is a rich source of carbonhydrates.Though it is brown rice that gives the important nutrients the body needs, ever since the invention of rice mills, people have learned to eat the polished rice-the white rice.

To compare white rice with brown rice, white rice is white because of the full polishing that is given to the rice.Brown rice can be either fully brown, depending on the extent to which it has been polished.
Soaking the brown rice for about 30 minutes before cooking it is necessary as soaking softens the bran layer on the seed.

It is the flavour that makes people love brown rice once they have tried it.Brown rice has an appetizing flavour of its own, while white rice is often enhanced with other flavours.

White rice has a longer shelf  life as compared to brown rice.Brown rice develops a rancid flavour if stored unrefrigerated for more than six months.This is due to the natural oils in the bran layer becoming stale with time.
There about twelve varieties of B-vitamins in the rice bran.The bran removed at the time of polishing rice,with all its twelve nutrients,is used for making medicines that are useful for people with vitamin deficiency.The rice that we get after the first polish is not yet pure white.To make it whiter, the rice is milled again.With that another 30% of nutrients  are lost.Remaining bran of the second milling is fed to cows,buffalos and other animals so that they can grow well.And now what is left is white polished rice with 20% nutrients.This 20% nutrients is what we all eat everyday.

It is widely believed that brown rice helps control blood pressure and also reduces wide fluctuations in blood sugar.The high fibre content of brown rice has a good effect on controlling cholesterol and cholesterol control is of prime importance in keeping away heart diseases.

Eating brown rice is extremely good for you if you wish to stick to a healthy diet with the added benefit that in the long run will help you maintain your weight at a sensible level.

Saturday, 14 May 2011


Of late we hear many people saying that they are doing social service.What exactly does this mean?What kind of social service is wanted and desirable?Is it not the duty of the government to take care of the needs of its citizens?If so,is there any need for some individuals and organisations to enter this field?

Service could be that which is redered for some payment.But social service is that which is done voluntarily, without expecting any reward or payment or recognition.Social service is undertaken either by an individual or by an organisation.For example, Mother Teresa had started her mission of service to take care of the orphan children.The Andhra Mahila Sabha is rendering invaluable service to women.These could be termed as an example of social service.


This proverb simply means that procrastination never helps.It is better to tackle a problem in its initial stages instead of letting it grow out of control and then struggling to solve it.
So one must inculcate the habit of attending to ones job or working towards ones goal in a systematic manner.A problem never disappears because you ignore it.It only becomes bigger.Shutting your eyes doesn't mean the world goes dark.Face your problems head on.That is the best way to handle them.
This proverb expresses a similar idea to that of 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.So inculcate the habit of getting things done today,better still,now...