Tuesday, November 28, 2006

JOVE

The YOutube for Science is here!

JOVE : Journal of Visualized Experiments

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Future Of Global Media

The previous century is the war century, forever changing the political and socioeconomics scenario of the world. For better or worst, war has shaped our lives in ways never before thought. One pivotal tool of war would be the media; if the world wars were covered extensively by the print media, but only influencing from a minority role, the gulf wars and the current terror wars are heavily shaped by the satellite media. As we explore the roles of the big media corps such as CNN and BBC, and if we take a none biased looks, they are playing the cards of their masters. The big corps especially American media is still twisted by their political masters, more evident than ever since the Watergate scandal. While we hunger for the truth, the truth itself is fake these days.

Hence, the future of media must and if we want it such, be free of any political elements, offer an unabridged and non biased look at the matters unraveling around the world thats both can satisfy the individual need and offer a strong cultural significance.

Two new news channels were launched in this past week to offer an alternative view of the world. Al Jazeera , which has already been on air for 10 years launched worldwide this week while France 24 is a brand new satellite channel backed by France airing in English and French to the world.








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Friday, November 03, 2006

Quick talent and intelligent answers

At what point is a person dead? And how does a perm work? You may need to talk your way out of questions like these to get into Britain's elite universities, a survey of applicants has revealed. They were some of the more curious questions recently pitched by interviewers at Oxford and Cambridge looking to find the very best among the thousands of students trying to get on courses at the prestige institutions. The survey of around 1200 students by Oxbridge Applications, which advises applicants, showed the interview process was living up to its reputation for being notoriously tough.

Among the questions reported by students included: Here is a piece of bark, please talk about it. (Biological Sciences, Oxford) Are you cool? (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford) At what point is a person "dead"? (Medicine, Cambridge) Put a monetary value on this teapot. (Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Cambridge) Other questions, though it was not clear who asked them, included: What percentage of the world's water is contained in a cow; of all 19th-century politicians, who was most like Tony Blair? Jessica Elsom, of Oxbridge Applications, said the interview process was notoriously eccentric as the universities try to recruit the sharpest-witted among youngsters with flawless British school-leaving exam results.

With the increase in the numbers of students excelling at A-level, the Oxbridge interviews are one way of finding out who really cuts the mustard. The Times Higher Educational Supplement's World University Rankings, published earlier this month, ranked Cambridge as the second best, followed by Oxford in third place. Harvard University in the U.S. topped the list.