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Siromi Samarasinghe has been at 4 events

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STEM Women on G+92,440Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to +Jonathan Eisen on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Jonathan is a Professor at UC Davis and also the Academic Editor-in-Chief for PLOS Biology (http://www.plosbiology.org/). He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM. This is an important issue that affects both men and women.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos, and you can tune in on Sunday February 16th at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help, with Professor Jonathan Eisen2014-02-16 21:30:0065G+
Scientific American249,668GMOs are essential to feeding the world, proponents say. Tampering with nature is perilous, critics say. Who is right? Scientific American editor Michael Moyer will host a 30-minute conversation at noon EDT to explore this question with David H. Freedman, journalist and author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them." Join in and let us know what questions you'd like us to address. For more on this topic, see our September issue on Food, on newsstands later this week. The Truth about Genetically Modified Food2013-08-20 18:00:0077G+
Scott Lewis195,436Have you ever wondered what it's like to give a TEDx talk? How about working at M.I.T.? What sort of excitement comes with working on a project that allows people from across the globe to map neurons through a video game? Come find out when +Buddhini Samarasinghe and +Scott Lewis interview +Amy Robinson!Buddhini and Scott will be together in San Diego hosting this special Google+ Hangout On Air interview with Amy from +Sebastian Seung's computational neuroscience lab at MIT. This Hangout On Air will be broadcast live and recorded to YouTube. If you have any questions or comments for Amy or the hosts, please feel free to leave them here on the event page, through the live Google+ shares, via YouTube or on Twitter using the hashtag #ktcHangout . Buddhini's Twitter:@DrHalfPintBuddyScott's Twitter:@BaldAstronomerAmy's Twitter:@AmyLeeRobinson#HangoutsOnAir   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceEveryday   #CitizenScience   #TEDx   #OpenScience   #WomenInSTEM   #ktc20130616   #Science   #STEM   #Neuroscience   #MIT  Interview with Amy Robinson | ktc2013-06-16 23:00:0056G+
Astronomy Cast10,206Join +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay for a live recording of their long-running and popular Astronomy Cast podcast. We'll spend the first 30 minutes recording the podcast, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy.Episode 291: Shock WavesAs a meteor crashed into the atmosphere above Russia, the world discovered the importance of shock waves; how they're caused and how they propagate through the atmosphere. Today we'll discuss the topic in general and find many examples where shock waves can be created, here on Earth, and out in space.#ac291Astronomy Cast, Ep. 291: Shock Waves2013-02-18 21:00:00312G+

Siromi Samarasinghe has been shared in 139 public circles

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Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710661022CC G+
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990514CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918711CC G+
Harry Day3,861If your looking for amazing people that might share your circle..add the ones that share this circleIN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing   #socialnetworking   2014-07-15 12:23:45493384056CC G+
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:3310651024CC G+
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211CC G+
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101320CC G+
Michael Ginsburg284#sharedcircle  of #Australians  on Google+. Over 1400 people in the circle but Google+ only allows to share 500 at a time.If you want to be added to the circle, please like and comment (so I am not accused of spamming) and also I need to be able to verify you are in #australia . Pages welcome provided again they are #Australian  and I can verify that. If there is a lot of interest from pages, I might consider starting a separate circle for #Australian pages.2014-05-22 00:25:16501414CC G+
Organo Gold Review1,066I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle as they will be sure to interact with you. Circle sharing pages This circle contains pages that engage through pluses, comments or shares. If you receive a notification means you are inside.#circleshare       #circlesharing       #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle     #dontconfusethecircles  2014-05-20 02:06:08460102CC G+
Circles Circles Circles32,435SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/Hev5GIPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS: http://goo.gl/Nqll1yPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/olCV0EMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/l58RRiPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/oIXG1ROthers Circles:SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/voKgBxTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science   #scienceeveryday   #sciencecircle   #circlesharing  2014-05-16 02:10:07103141526CC G+
Tim Mi0Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get!#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-10 15:25:595018211CC G+
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111CC G+
Becky Collins5,164 Social Sciences Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-03-18 12:35:31305008CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
John Nuntiatio28,623#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-03-01 15:15:34459271930CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724CC G+
Scott Lewis119,839*The Amazing Women Circle*So as today's Hangout from +STEM Women on G+ w/ +Jonathan Eisen started, I decided to go back through my "Amazing Women's Circle" and feature the fantastic people that enrich my life, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These brilliant women contribute regularly here on +Google+ and are a shining example of how it doesn't matter what sex or gender you are, everyone can do remarkable things.Please feel free to share this about and let me know in the comments if there are more Amazing Women I should add to this group! #STEMWomen   #GenderEquality   #Equality   #ScienceEveryday   #ScienceSunday  2014-02-16 21:06:57103261529CC G+
Circle Share0Customer Engagement Ideas!!!2014-02-04 04:39:15233514CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky63,455Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-27 02:27:20435411768CC G+
Artur M.35,787A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2014-01-22 15:20:15423382357CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky61,618Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-11 03:25:48437361163CC G+
Cyrus Khan15,832 *Active Engager's Circle*If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Please re-share the circle to increase the exposure of all these friendly and interactive people.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagers   #science   #sciencecircle  2014-01-04 22:40:36476463790CC G+
Константин Вишневский39,768Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. If you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-30 08:31:23436402566CC G+
Andrew Wisniewski37,207Good morning/evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-12-20 09:32:31426462167CC G+
Константин Вишневский37,633Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-12 14:38:43469503372CC G+
Cyrus Khan15,016Active Engager's CircleIf you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagerscircle   #science   #sciencecircle  2013-12-05 18:31:07494532387CC G+
Константин Вишневский36,417Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. После того как вы сделали это, дайте мне знать в комментарияхIf you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-30 16:19:03436584181CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar0Sharing circle C10 ! Add for more circles daily !Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Follow me2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-11-26 22:46:04501001CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:55414013CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304782CC G+
Bojan Jančar - Bo5,165Circle of awesome people on G+ #11. Plus this post. (Original post)2. Comment on this post.3. Reshare this circle publically to your stream.4. Don’t be a blue head.  #CircleShare   #SharedCircles   #awesome  2013-09-09 21:48:414329414CC G+
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Cyrus Khan14,028Active Engager's CircleAttention:  Please reshare and comment if you want to be a part of next weeks edition, instead of messaging me individually.If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagerscircle   #circle #circleoftheweek   #sciencecircles  2013-08-26 17:27:32477574284CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
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2014-04-14 03:43:58 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

May you have a peaceful and joyous “Aluth Avurudu”  (Sri Lankan New Year)

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns today and is celebrated throughout  Sri Lanka.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese_New_Year

Some of the traditional sweetmeats:
Kavum:  Oil cake, made with rice flour, treacle and coconut milk, fried in oil. http://goo.gl/1cMT0W

Kokis: A crispy and sweet food made from rice flour and coconut milk, believed to have been introduced by the Dutch. The batter is first poured into molds and then deep fried in coconut oil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokis

Aluwa: (White rectangular pieces in the photo) made with treacle, sugar, rice flour and added spices.

Mung Kevum: Made with a mixture of rice flour and Mung flour, with treacle and deep fried in coconut oil.
http://goo.gl/yMTuDs

Delicious food!

Most reshares: 71

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2013-10-15 12:46:34 (15 comments, 71 reshares, 48 +1s)

 
The Good the Bad and the Ugly – the chemical diversity of mushrooms

The world of mushrooms is as complex as the human world. They too have their Good, the Bad and the Ugly. What makes them so? The chemical composition of the mushrooms play a big role in determining their nature.


Gourmet’s delight and Therapeutic mushrooms

✿ Shitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes, Lentinela edodes)  are widely used in East Asian cuisine. These meaty morsels are savoured by the gourmet. Many mouth watering recipes bring forth their culinary flavour.
Sun drying is reported to bring out the  umami  or savoury flavour of this mushroom.  http://goo.gl/8W8bsn

✿ Shitake mushrooms are known to contain the compound Eritadinine which has been isolated from them and characterised.  Eritadinine is reported to lower high blood cholesterollevels. http:... more »

Most plusones: 58

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2014-03-08 06:08:40 (9 comments, 20 reshares, 58 +1s)

Rosalind Franklin, a brilliant scientist who deserved recognition

Those of you who have heard of Rosalind Franklin probably associate her name with the woman vaguely connected to the work done on DNA by Watson and Crick. She was in fact, a brilliant crystallographer, a dedicated scientist,  who made a significant contribution to the field of molecular biology and to the discovery of the Double Helix - structure of DNA

In 1951, she undertook the study of the structure of the DNA molecule as an expert in the field of X ray diffraction.Though DNA was known as the molecule responsible for heredity there were certain facts that eluded researchers regarding its shape. Subsequently, Rosalind Franklin and her Ph.D.student, Raymond Gosling, discovered that DNA exists in two forms (A and B) and that the phosphate units of the molecule were located on the outside. Rosalind also made some... more »

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2014-07-12 05:35:24 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 44 +1s)

Tour of Eastern Sri Lanka
The tour included  archaeological sites, ruins of ancient temples, palaces and ancient irrigation tanks, in the Monaragala and Ampara Districts in the Eastern part of Sri Lanka.

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2014-06-13 02:29:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Nupe Market, Matara, Sri Lanka (former Ceylon)
 
This building is believed to have been erected in 1784 in the Southern coastal city of Matara, during the British occupation of Ceylon.  It was built to house the market  situated at the Nupe Junction in the heart of the city. Characteristics are large masonry columns, timber trusses, steep roofs with half round tiles, and a timber portico.
Due to neglect and without maintenance a part of the building collapsed. It is now being restored by the Archeological Department, to bring back the glamour of the built fabric back to its original status.

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2014-06-12 03:38:09 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

A visit to the Southern coastal city of Matara, Sri Lanka

The places of interest included historical sites dating back to the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka (from 1640 - 1765) - The Star Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, an old printing press, some old houses of the period and a market place which is now being restored preserving its old architecture.

Star Fort – the last major defensive fort built by the Dutch VOC company, during 1763- 1765.
The British took possession of the Maritime Provinces in 1796, and since then the Star Fort had undergone several changes.  
The shape of the Fort is like a star, with six points jutting outwards which were gun embrasures.
http://www.nation.lk/edition/fine/item/18794-how-the-dutch-fortified-matara-with-star-fort.html
 
Dutch Reformed Church
The original foundations of the Church are said to be muchold... more »

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2014-05-18 03:33:52 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 27 +1s)

Photosynthesis

Millions of years ago a bacterium evolved to obtain energy from the sun by means of Photosynthesis. Confusingly we call such bacteria blue-green algae or perhaps more clearly, cyanobacteria.  Later, it seems, a more complex organism with a cell having a nucleus and other internal components, somehow, engulfed a cyanobacterium within its own membrane and hijacked and used this powerful energy conversion technique for its own ends and green plants were the result.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss photosynthesis, the process by which green plants and many other organisms use sunlight to synthesise organic molecules. Photosynthesis arose very early in evolutionary history and has been a crucial driver of life on Earth. In addition to providing most of the food consumed by organisms on the planet, it is also responsible for maintaining atmospheric oxygen... more »

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2014-05-13 13:22:55 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)

Science Helped Me to Overcome Challenges in Life
On our blog, Professor of Chemistry +Siromi Samarasinghe has written a wonderful guest post describing how she overcame cultural, social and financial hurdles to pursue a research career in tea chemistry. She did so at a time when it was highly unusual for women in Sri Lanka to obtain higher education. She writes of her research:

I loved the research I did for my PhD, which was related to the chemistry of black tea manufacture. This was a highly relevant topic to my country, the world renowned producer of Ceylon Tea... I used model oxidation systems to investigate flavour and colour development from tea polyphenols during black tea manufacture. The chemistry involved was fascinating!

Siromi has been a teacher, mentor and role model to many students over her 40 year career. Her story demonstrates the pressures of breaking... more »

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2014-05-10 01:50:30 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 45 +1s)

2000 year old Roman vessel that changes color
This cup take ones breath away. Carved around the 4th century this cup is known as a diatretum, or cage cup. Diatretum cups were all made around the 4th century and represent the pinnacle of Roman glass making. 

What make this cup so unusual is it's ability to change color. "In reflected light the cup appears opaque olive green, but when transmitted light is shone through the glass, it changes to a rich and vibrant red. The effect is caused by nanoparticles of gold and silver within the glass, so tiny and in such small quantities that only in the last few decades has microscopic analysis with sufficiently high resolution been developed to detect them. As light passes through the glass the gold and silver particles scatter the waves, allowing those at the red end of the spectrum to pass through more easily, causing the dramaticc... more »

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2014-05-04 18:03:01 (12 comments, 10 reshares, 40 +1s)

A hidden ‘gold mine’ in the heartwood of a tree

Nature’s chemical laboratories are forever producing fascinating substances, among them a valuable perfume ingredient in the resinous heartwood of a tree! What is even more fascinating is that the substance is produced not by healthy trees but by trees that become infected with a certain type of parasitic fungus!

Most species of the genus Aquilaria and some species of Gyrinops  are known to produce a resin as a reaction to a fungal infection. The resinous substance which darkens and solidifies in the heartwood of the tree is known as Agarwood. High in volatile organic compounds, the resin helps to suppress or retard the fungal growth, a process known as tylosis.

Agarwood oil  can be obtained by steam distillation of the resinous material. It is used in the modern perfume industry and is a much favored commodityin the ... more »

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2014-04-26 02:30:54 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

See It with Flowers: A BioSensor for Radiation

✿ The stamen hairs of the common spiderwort (Tradescantia) are made up of rows of cells in single file, like beads on a string. Fuzzy and blue, they emerge by the hundreds around the stamens that hold up the bright yellow, pollen-filled anthers in the flower center. In 1975, a scientist named Sparrow made a remarkable discovery: the stamen hairs were highly sensitive to nuclear radiation, mutating from blue to pink like the floral equivalent of the canary in the coal mine! The mutation frequency is linear down to very low doses and low exposure rates such that counting the number of pink cells as a percentage of blue ones gives an accurate reading of radiation exposure. Since the cells divide in sequence, the position of the pink cell tells when the radiation exposure occurred. The flowers have been used to monitor radiationl... more »

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2014-04-25 12:47:32 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Chico practicing patience

"What’s for dinner I’m waiting for food
Do I sing for my supper, I wonder if I should,
But she hates my singing, so I’ll pretend to be good
Take a nap before dinner and dream of food!”

#fidofriday  

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2014-04-20 03:15:39 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 39 +1s)

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2014-04-14 03:43:58 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

May you have a peaceful and joyous “Aluth Avurudu”  (Sri Lankan New Year)

The Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawns today and is celebrated throughout  Sri Lanka.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhalese_New_Year

Some of the traditional sweetmeats:
Kavum:  Oil cake, made with rice flour, treacle and coconut milk, fried in oil. http://goo.gl/1cMT0W

Kokis: A crispy and sweet food made from rice flour and coconut milk, believed to have been introduced by the Dutch. The batter is first poured into molds and then deep fried in coconut oil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokis

Aluwa: (White rectangular pieces in the photo) made with treacle, sugar, rice flour and added spices.

Mung Kevum: Made with a mixture of rice flour and Mung flour, with treacle and deep fried in coconut oil.
http://goo.gl/yMTuDs

Delicious food!

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2014-04-12 01:59:54 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)

On The Shoulders of Giants

♀ A sepia print of an Indian woman, a Japanese woman and a woman from Syria, dated 1885. What do they have in common? Extraordinarily, each was the first licensed female medical doctor in their country of origin. They were trained at the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania, the first of its kind in the country. This was a time before women had the right to vote. If they did attend college at all, it was at the risk of contracting "neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system” (according to Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke). 

An all-woman medical school was first proposed in 1846, supported by the Quakers and the feminist movement. Dr. Ellwood Harvey, one of the early teaching faculty, daringly smuggled out a slave, Ann Maria Weems, dressed as a male buggy driver, from rightoutsid... more »

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2014-04-09 01:32:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

#wordlessonwednesday  

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2014-04-06 02:35:19 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)

The Beauty of Frangipani

Nestled in white clusters in a canopy of green
They greet me every morning with a fragrance so sweet
Known as Frangipani, ‘Araliya’ or Plumeria
Beautiful maidens wear them in their hair
Golden yellow centers blending into white
Nature’s gift, what an inspiring sight!

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2014-03-30 16:10:14 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

Chemistry of Coconut

✿ The coconut tree is considered as a great gift of Nature to mankind, especially in the tropical Asian Pacific countries where people have been reaping its benefits throughout the ages.

What is so special about the Coconut tree is that almost all parts of the tree are utilized by humans for their basic needs – food, shelter and medicine.

✿ In Sri Lanka, it is traditionally used in religious ceremonies, in cultural events and festivals. Coconut oil is used as a fuel to light lamps by dipping a wick in the oil. The young leaves or fronds are used as decoration for festivals, and the inflorescence ('flower') is used in cultural ceremonies, at traditional weddings to bring good luck to the couple.

✿ Many health benefits are attributed to the unique composition of the oil obtained from the coconut kernel.
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2014-03-30 09:30:10 (11 comments, 14 reshares, 51 +1s)

Chemistry of Coconut

✿ The coconut tree is considered as a great gift of Nature to mankind, especially in the tropical Asian Pacific countries where people have been reaping its benefits throughout the ages.

What is so special about the Coconut tree is that almost all parts of the tree are utilized by humans for their basic needs – food, shelter and medicine.

✿ In Sri Lanka, it is traditionally used in religious ceremonies, in cultural events and festivals. Coconut oil is used as a fuel to light lamps by dipping a wick in the oil. The young leaves or fronds are used as decoration for festivals, and the inflorescence ('flower') is used in cultural ceremonies, at traditional weddings to bring good luck to the couple.

✿ Many health benefits are attributed to the unique composition of the oil obtained from the coconut kernel.
more »

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2014-03-26 13:55:42 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

#wordlessonwednesday #wordlesswednesday  

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2014-03-21 02:40:50 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)

Mesua ferrea (Ceylon ironwood)

The young leaves of the Ironwood ("Na tree" in Sinhalese), which is the National tree of Sri Lanka.
#naturephotography

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2014-03-19 13:57:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

#wordlesswednesday #wordlessonwednesday #flowerphotography  

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2014-03-18 03:07:22 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

Keep smiling...

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2014-03-16 01:49:00 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)

Don't give up...
https://plus.google.com/108535584317102432580/posts/66kThk8egvT

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2014-03-15 17:12:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

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2014-03-12 18:28:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

#wordlessonwednesday  

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2014-03-11 06:53:08 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)

There is always hope in tomorrow
From http://goo.gl/c2uQ64

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2014-03-11 06:38:25 (3 comments, 21 reshares, 13 +1s)

Thank you for inviting me to the community!

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2014-03-08 06:08:40 (9 comments, 20 reshares, 58 +1s)

Rosalind Franklin, a brilliant scientist who deserved recognition

Those of you who have heard of Rosalind Franklin probably associate her name with the woman vaguely connected to the work done on DNA by Watson and Crick. She was in fact, a brilliant crystallographer, a dedicated scientist,  who made a significant contribution to the field of molecular biology and to the discovery of the Double Helix - structure of DNA

In 1951, she undertook the study of the structure of the DNA molecule as an expert in the field of X ray diffraction.Though DNA was known as the molecule responsible for heredity there were certain facts that eluded researchers regarding its shape. Subsequently, Rosalind Franklin and her Ph.D.student, Raymond Gosling, discovered that DNA exists in two forms (A and B) and that the phosphate units of the molecule were located on the outside. Rosalind also made some... more »

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2014-03-01 12:55:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

100 leading UK practising scientists

“Science is like an orchestra. It takes many instruments working together to produce a fine performance. At the moment, almost exclusively, it is the virtuosity of the soloists being addressed and praised. Of course, they are essential to science and should be valued accordingly. However, we must, at the same time, recognise and encourage the many other types of contributory scientific talent and experience.” Chief executive of the Science Council, Diana Garnham

+STEM Women on G+ 

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2014-02-23 18:23:24 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)

A visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Kandy City, Sri Lanka

These are photos from a recent visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens near Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The Botanical Gardens includes more than 4000 species of plants and is renowned for its variety of orchids.  The Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya has a long history dating back to the time of the monarchs, but was formally established in 1843 with plants brought from other parts of Sri Lanka and also from the Kew Gardens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Botanical_Gardens,_Peradeniya

The city of Kandy is about 5 km away from the Gardens. It was the last capital of the country until Ceylon became a British Colony in 1815.

The Kandy Lake is said to have been built in 1807 by King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the last King of Ceylon,  A decorative wall runs for 2060 feet along the banks of the KandyL... more »

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2014-02-22 02:43:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

A call for conference boycott by women scientists

Almost a thousand scientists have signed a petition protesting against gender discrimination at a flagship chemistry conference, calling for a boycott of the event. The conference in question is the 15th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (ICQC) to be held in Beijing in June next year.

One of the three scientists who organized the protest says that the  problem is not confined to theoretical chemistry, and that under representation is rampant in all the fields she works in. She had the same experience at a condensed matter physics symposium last autumn.
"It happens over and over again. I know it happens in many fields, because I work at the interface between physics, chemistry, math and engineering, and speak at conferences in each of those fields" she said.

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2014-02-03 13:46:40 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)

Happy and smiling - Sunbathing Doggy!

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2014-01-22 06:27:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

"Salutation to the Dawn"

This glorious sunrise I saw this morning while walking along the Racecourse grounds was awesome. A wonderful start to a new day, a new beginning.

Here I share the beautiful verses of Indian poet  Kalidasa, titled 'Salutation to the Dawn' which are truly inspiring.

"Look to this day!
For it is life
The very life of life
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities
of your existence.

The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well,therefore,to this day
Such is the Salutation to the Dawn"
Kalidasa

2014-01-10 02:36:29 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Hot water (sometimes!) freezes faster than cold
Yes, it's completely counterintuitive. It's also true. Science Says So. It's called the Mpemba effect in honor of the Tanzanian teenager who brought it to Science's attention.
http://www.rsc.org/images/Cool-Mpemba-Osborne1969_tcm18-222099.pdf

One day after buying milk... I started boiling it... Knowing that if I waited for the boiled milk to cool before placing it in the refrigerator I would lose the last available ice-tray, I decided to risk ruin to the refrigerator on that day by putting hot milk into it. The other boy and I went back an hour and a half later and found that my tray of milk had frozen into ice-cream while his was still only a thick liquid, not yet frozen.

So how does it happen? Monwhea Jeng writes a detailed and fascinating explanation. ... more »

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2014-01-02 02:06:10 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

Testing the effects of cocaine - a fatal experiment!

Cocaine  is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant.The name comes from "coca" and the alkaloid suffix "-ine.

It is a stimulant, an appetite suppressant, and a nonspecific voltage gated sodium channel blocker, which in turn causes it to produce anaesthetic effects at low doses.

It is markedly more dangerous than other CNS stimulants, including the entire amphetamine drug class, and  at high doses due to its effect on sodium channels,  can cause sudden cardiac death".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine

Although cocaine was used as a local anesthetic, as far back as 1936  doctors noticed that it had dangerous side effects.

Exactly what the side effects were, and what they were at different levels of dosage, was still a fuzzyare... more »

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2013-12-21 04:03:41 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)

Fermented drinks from around the world

Many fermented drinks from around the world are made from ingredients other than grapes .

Toddy or ‘palm wine’ is a popular fermented drink in Sri Lanka, made from the sap of the coconut palm inflorescence (flower).
Toddy is also made from the Palmyrah palm (Borassus flabellifer ) and Kitul palm (Caryota urens). The sugary sap of the palm inflorescence is tapped and allowed to ferment naturally. If left for too long the alcohol turns to vinegar (ethanol oxidises to acetic acid.)

Here are some traditional fermented drinks from around the world:
In the beverages listed, the alcohol percentage varies depending on the source and fermentation process.  Dark Tea does not contain any alcohol but others such as Basi and Chinese rice wine go up to 16% !
Source: http://goo.gl/MTfZIv

Dark tea originallyfrom... more »

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2013-12-18 02:42:49 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

A beautiful morning
Dawn at Independence square, Colombo.

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2013-12-17 02:03:08 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 34 +1s)

Cheese chemistry - a molecular waltz

As metal arms twirl across a vat of liquid whose buttery yellow colour hints at its destiny, bacteria, enzymes and proteins are doing their own dance beneath the surface. As a well-washed and sanitized hand reaches in, small particles emerge from the pleasant warmth of this molecular waltz

This article by Andy Extance in 'Chemistry World' explains the awesome craft and chemistry of cheese making, how milk proteins are coagulated by bacteria and enzymes, to produce a wide range of cheeses with different flavours, forms and textures.

http://goo.gl/b3ZmGX

#scienceeveryday  

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2013-12-12 15:15:48 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

On Tuesday I wrote about the evolution of vitamins in the New York Times. Today I follow up with my new "Matter" column, looking at how we can glean this ancient history for ways to improve human health.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/science/learning-from-the-history-of-vitamins.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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2013-11-17 04:17:00 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

 
Battle of the Sexes - Who Cooks Good?

I came across this article in one of Sri Lanka's popular newspapers.

The writer is looking for answers to questions such as
Why are there more male chefs than female in the culinary industry?
If they can cook some amazing delicacies at home, why can’t they take that talent and do something great with it?
Are they not allowed to enter the field in Sri Lanka or do they feel they will not be given a place with the majority being male in the first place?
Why is it that women who are married to chefs never allowed in the kitchen?
http://goo.gl/I0khNN

Male dominance in the culinary industry?

Read also
http://goo.gl/qRMy5m
and
http://goo.gl/6LDvfI

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2013-11-04 09:24:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)

Mixed blessings - It is 100 years since Fritz Haber discovered the "Haber Process" for the synthesis of ammonia

It's 100 years since Fritz Haber invented a method to  synthesize ammonia – helping to feed billions but also to kill millions, and contributing to the pollution of the planet
http://goo.gl/GyQdmc

The Haber process uses nitrogen from the atmosphere as its key ingredient to synthesize ammonia. This process helped farmers across the globe by providing ammonia fertilizer at a time they were running out of natural fertilizer for their crops. A hundred years ago, the Haber plant at Ludwigshafen  run by the chemical giant BASF, produced ammonia in industrial quantities for the first time. "Bread from air," ran the slogan that advertised Haber's work at the time. Undoubtedly, a very important discovery.

But there is a darkersid... more »

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2013-10-23 02:46:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Just before the storm
Location: Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka. The sea was quite rough and choppy. The sky was grey over the ocean while it was still blue over land!

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2013-10-23 02:18:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Just before the storm
Location: Mt Lavinia, Sri Lanka. The sea was quite rough and choppy. The sky was grey over the ocean while it was still blue over land!

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2013-10-20 15:19:34 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

 
Drugs derived from poisons

The source of many remarkable medicines have been deadly poisons. Botox is the toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum  (bacterium causing food poisoning ) and certain anti hypertensive drugs such as Captopril have been developed  based on studies of snake venom.

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2013-10-18 03:04:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

Galle Fort re visited after 50 years!

A memorable visit to the Southern seaside city of Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle is a coastal town in southern Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). The Galle Fort is popularly known as the ‘Dutch’ Fort, but it was first built by the Portuguese in 1588 and later fortified by the Dutch.

Galle has a colourful history dating back to the 16th century, and the Fort is now recognised as a UNESCO World heritage Site.

For those interested, Wikipedia provides a good description of the Galle Fort.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galle_Fort

On a personal note, Galle is where I grew up in a multi ethnic cultural environment, where I started schooling and spent most of the first 12 years of my life. Although I have visited Galle many times in the past, it was last week on Sunday the 13th October, that I was able to spend arel... more »

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2013-10-17 14:32:56 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Is hand sanitizer toxic?

Recent news reports about the toxicity of Triclosan, the active ingredient in certain hand sanitizers, suggest that it may not be safe to use them anymore.  Alcohol-based sanitizers are supposed to be a better alternative, but according to researchers, the best is soap and water if used correctly!

The FDA is currently reviewing the issue.

Some useful facts about Triclosan: http://goo.gl/TgkWf5

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2013-10-15 12:46:34 (15 comments, 71 reshares, 48 +1s)

 
The Good the Bad and the Ugly – the chemical diversity of mushrooms

The world of mushrooms is as complex as the human world. They too have their Good, the Bad and the Ugly. What makes them so? The chemical composition of the mushrooms play a big role in determining their nature.


Gourmet’s delight and Therapeutic mushrooms

✿ Shitake mushrooms (Lentinus edodes, Lentinela edodes)  are widely used in East Asian cuisine. These meaty morsels are savoured by the gourmet. Many mouth watering recipes bring forth their culinary flavour.
Sun drying is reported to bring out the  umami  or savoury flavour of this mushroom.  http://goo.gl/8W8bsn

✿ Shitake mushrooms are known to contain the compound Eritadinine which has been isolated from them and characterised.  Eritadinine is reported to lower high blood cholesterollevels. http:... more »

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2013-09-24 14:40:43 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

At the Colombo International Book Fair
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors  and the most patient of teachers.  ~Charles W. Eliot (1834 – 1926)”

The Colombo International Book Fair was held from 14th to 22nd September 2013.  It is a very popular annual event, organized by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association.

There were books for everyone, from children’s books to fiction,  text books and stationery. The second hand book stalls were worth a visit, as they had some old and rare editions. School children, college students, the old and the young – everyone had something of interest.   Here are some photos!

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2013-09-17 02:37:13 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 18 +1s)

Baby Elephant Syndrome is something everyone should be aware of. We all might have misconceptions about what we're capable of because of things that have happened in our past that are not true anymore.

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2013-09-12 03:02:03 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Variation in Bitter Receptor mRNA Expression Affects Taste Perception

More at http://bit.ly/16lAby3.

Researchers discover a person’s sensitivity to bitter taste is not only shaped by taste genes, but also how much mRNA their cells produce. 

The research is in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (full access paywall)

The image shows the general location of bitter taste buds on the tongue and is credited to Gray's anatomy.

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2013-09-10 01:55:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

It's Monday...remember to be AWESOME! :) 

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2013-09-09 13:37:11 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Photograph of Van Gogh Sunflowers comes to light

A painting of sunflowers known as the Vase with Five Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh was destroyed in a fire after the bombing of Osaka during World War II. A rare photograph of this painting  has been found in the archives of a Japanese museum. It shows  how the artist wanted his work to be seen. It was sold to a Japanese collector and shipped to Japan in 1920. But it was destroyed in a fire after US bombing of Osaka during World War II.

The painting shows the flowers against a dark blue background framed in orange.

It's a pity that the original was destroyed. I have always been fascinated by the Sunflower paintings by van Gogh and have shared posts about them from time to time:

http://goo.gl/7olmlC
http://goo.gl/rovb4i

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