All hail the Mighty Prawn!!! Planet Earth is inhabited by around 3 – 30 million species. Of them, 97% consists of invertebrates while the remaining 3% are vertebrates. It’s no secret that the Animal kingdom has astonishing members in it and we humans have not witnessed much of these wonders. Well, recently I came to know about one of the most amazing creatures in the ...

Horizon Lanka needs children’s movies I copied some educational movies to Horizon Lanka’s two computers’ hard disks. Children watch those movies very eagerly when they get a break after practicing computers. I was surprised when a group of grade 6 students preferred “Earth – Making of a Planet” over Jurassic Park. This encourages me to find more educational movies. I can explain the movies ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

The Faculty of Science, University of Colombo has decided to award 2 external degrees, one in Financial Engineering and the other in Electronics and Automation Technologies. External Degree Programmes allow people to follow a course by paying a certain sum of money. So this may seem like a fine opportunity for the people who missed out on their university entrance. ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

Computers for Horizon Lanka, Mahawilachchiya Mahawilachchiya is a rural village 45 kilometers away from Anuradhapura town. It is situated in the boundary of the Wilpattu National Park. You would be surprised to hear that the children of this distant village excel in computers and English with the little resources they have with their educational institute, the Horizon Lanka. Horizon Lanka Foundation www.horizonlanka.org has been serving ...

My semester exams are finally over. Here are a few things that helped me prepare for them and not lose my mind in the process! One important lesson I learnt last year is that none of the extra reading you do is of any use if you don’t know what’s in your lecture notes to begin with. So I paid close attention to my lecture ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Social Media Workshop at the American Center Prasad Perera doing the workshop Last Monday I attended a social media workshop at the American Center. The instructor was a guy called Prasad Perera. He covered Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and digital storytelling. It was a very effective workshop. I learnt a lot there. Usually majority of the social media users use only the very basic features of the ...

Dear Pop … I’m fed up, disgusted, and totally out of sorts with Duke University and formal education in general, for that matter, and I hardly see why I’m taking a crack at this Rhodes scholarship when I’m such an execrable student. Only the fact that this is my last semester keeps me from packing up and leaving. I’ve come ...

Danish microfinancing company CodersTrust is taking an interesting step towards helping third world citizens: teaching freelancers to code. Coders Trust identifies freelancers on oDesk with a penchant for good work and approaches them with a loan offer for $2,000 (a sizeable chunk of money when converted to our terms). The loan is shelled out gradually as coders pass designated classes ...

“The Walking Dead” in Real Life Have you ever thought that a zombie apocalypse is a possibility? Maybe you didn’t. But I’m afraid that, IT IS. I know, even the idea of it might freak you out.  But before anything, watch the following video. That’s right. Zombies ARE real. Cordyceps is a genus of Ascomycota (sac fungi) that includes about 400 identified species and many yet ...

More than just a mascot – Armadillo ball With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kick off just hours away there’s much speculation as to how well this year’s hosts (Brazil) are going to pull it off.  I’m not a huge fan of football but I do enjoy watching grand scale international events of this caliber for the simple fact that I get to witness a variety of cultures. Being ...

a) While abolishing the concurrent list is desirable, there are areas in which joint action is required, for instance – Rivers and Waterways, Continental Shelf, Mineral Resources of certain kinds, National Examinations and Quality Assurance, Energy, Tourism, Price Control, Epidemics. Some sort of mechanism must be devised for this. b) There are fields in which the national government must be ...

Increasingly, we are beginning to hit the wall with respect to Internet use because of constraints that involve people. We lack users with the skills necessary to use full potential of the Internet. We lack the innovative entrepreneurs who could develop the content and apps that would attract more of our people to the Internet. The problem is illustrated by ...

The controversial ingredient The world’s largest beverage-maker, Coca-Cola, announced today that it would remove a controversial ingredient from some of its US drinks brands by the end of this year. The ingredient, called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), had been the target of online petitions by a teenager from Mississipi who wanted it out of PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Coca-Cola’s Powerade. Rival company PepsiCo removed ...

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