Thursday, 31 December 2015

How Nature Inspired Tech Innovations?

Nature has always wondered mankind. Probably this is once big reason that has inspired humans to adopt new technologies which are inspired by nature. The imitations made from nature to has led to tech advancement. One can search on the web to find how nature is inspiring the human to make new engineering designs. Mini robot and prototype needle are latest in the innovation.

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Delicate Brain Surgery With Prototype Needle


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It took six years to Dr Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena crafting STING (Soft Tissue Intervention and Neurosurgical Guide). It's a prototype needle. With this needle complicated brain surgery can be performed. The technology is inspired from the female wood wasp. According to Prof Julian Vincent, Zoologist, Oxford University, “You would not know the design started off with a wood wasp - and that is a strength.”

Auxetic Material


Auxetic resources are useful in receiving the impacts. According to Prof Andy Alderson, Principle Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, “Auxetic material is a material where when you pull it, it actually gets fatter rather than thinner.” The Ph.D. programmes of is examining how auxetic materials could safeguard the sports-person by taking helmet and shin pads. There is also an intention of bringing it to the application for the medical purpose like making artificial inter-vertibral discs. It will a great remedy for the incessant back pain. Presently the fabrics, fibres etc. are being made by the humans.


The Gecko tech


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Well don't be confused it's not the name of the new tech but Gecko lizard has inspired technologists to make machines similar ability of holding the stickiness. NASA has devised similar machine called Grippy which has carried out repair work on the space ships. At the Stanford University, researches have made small robots which can drag objects 2000 time more than their weight.


Robotic Cheetah


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Prof Sangbae Kim and his team have built a robot cheetah. The robot was made at MIIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The machine cheetah can run with the speed of 21 Km per hour. Besides it can leap to hurdles of its own. The real purpose is to innovate a new model/pattern of transport. According to Professor Kim, “ We are focusing on four-legged animals, to understand how they efficiently run in the field in nature so we can take the inspiration and use it in the engineering world.”

Whale Effect On Technology


The whalepower corporation tubercles in turbine blades to increase the effectiveness of turbines, pumps, fans and compressors. It has been invented by Dr Frank Fish who named the tech as Tubercle Effect.

Spider Inspiring New Tech


Kevlar is being used to sail the boats was invented by the Stephanie Kwolek. Though the real intention was to make spider silk, however the world got Kevlar. It's considered as the appropriate clothing for sailing the boat.

Swimwear Inspired By Shark 


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The dermal denticles increase the speed of the shark. This has inspired a swimming costume manufacturing company new swimwear claiming it no be exclusive. However, the claim is yet to be proven right. Abreast, the aerospace industry which is desperate to use similar tech for the spaceship is yet to achieve breakthrough.

Innovation Will Continue


Nature will continue to allure science and hence technology will born. And nature will keep inspiring the mankind to make newer technologies. Many techs has made it to the real world and many other will come to existence. Innovations influenced by nature will happen to benefit the human on earth... and I can't resist myself to see another discovery. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Can Your MBA Degree Help Your Earn A High Salary?

The decision to pursue a postgraduate degree is usually an important and often expensive one. With every passing day the cost of college education across the globe is rising constantly which is compelling most students to take out heavy student loans. However, still many students feel motivated to pursue higher education as it helps to enhance your employability and earning potential. I believe an MBA degree can certainly open up great new avenues for boosting your career and fetch you excellent opportunities. But is an MBA worth the time and money?

As B-schools now charge ridiculous amount of tuition fees, pursuing a traditional MBA is often not feasible for most students. However, studying an online MBA top up programme can enable you to acquire a business degree in a faster and more affordable way. Let's take a quick look at what an MBA can do for you and what is the best way to earn it....

Does an MBA guarantee high income?

The financial gain after earning an MBA degree can either be exciting or discouraging, depending on your determination. A recent 2014 study conducted by Poets & Quants revealed that while some MBA graduates got jobs with lucrative salaries, many others with an MBA landed jobs that offered salary lower than bachelor degree jobs.

Work experience matters

A survey conducted by PayScale analysed median salaries of more than 34,294 MBA graduates with different specialisations. The study revealed that 1.5 per cent of the respondents had gained below 1 year of work experience and claimed to get a national average salary of around $50,453. Moreover, 1.9 per cent of participants had 1 to 4 years of work experience with an average salary of almost $58,092. An additional 34 per cent reported to make an average of $98,252 annually with ten to nineteen years of experience.

The study clearly shows that your earnings will depend not only on your MBA degree but also on the amount of your work experience. This is why pursuing an online top up MBA can be more beneficial for you as it allows you to study and work at the same time. You can easily choose to do a full time job in a relevant field and yet study business at your convenience.

However, it should also be noted that your average salary will also vary depending on the type of job your are employed in. Finance managers earned an average salary of 93,978, while financial analysts made $60,704 yearly. On the other hand, chief financial officers and marketing directors had a national average salary of $128,201 and $118,654 respectively. So now that you know your field of work greatly influences your earnings, you can simply seek out relevant work experience opportunities in your desired field while pursuing your top up MBA programme through online or distance learning.

Fast track your degree

One of the biggest advantage of an online MBA top up course is that apart from being highly affordable, it allows you to fast track to the final year of an accredited MBA programme from associated B-schools and universities and allows you to earn your MBA degree without investing excessive time and money. Coupled with the experience that you will gain while studying business online, your MBA degree will help you get the best job opportunities available globally and earn a lucrative salary.

With news of more than 2.5 million Nigerians currently residing in the United Kingdom for academic and professional opportunities, online MBA top up programmes might be the ideal solution to keep our boys home and encourage them to add to the national economy instead of going abroad.

The Bottom Line

No matter what, I cannot deny the fact that an MBA degree will lead to better employment opportunities and higher salaries. Even though extremes of high and low average salaries have been observed, but it only pertains to a small segment of MBA graduates. So if you are planning to study business, then this is the right time for you to go online and earn your MBA degree the smart way.

What do you think about MBA? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with me by commenting below.

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Does Higher Education Mean Better Jobs For Africans?

A recent study found that African youth with higher educational qualifications do not necessarily see proper job benefits from their education. According to the 2013 Gallup survey, African workers with any secondary education do only slightly better than African workers with only primary education regarding “positive employment outcome”. Gallup describes that a positive employment outcome is full time working opportunity for an employer, being employed part time but nor requiring full-time employment or being self-employed not by lack for job opportunities, but by choice.

Need For Pursuing Higher Education 
The high net education benefit (21 pct. pts according to the Gallup survey) of the Republic of Angola comes from the oil resources of the country which has resulted in fast urban growth, higher investments in education sector and more job creation for people with primary education. However, the overall scenario put forward an inconsistent and dismal picture for employment reward provided for higher education in Africa. This scenario is further motivated by the shortage of incentive for Africans to pursue higher education.

All over sub-Saharan Africa, it has been observed that basic needs tend to compete with the abilities of parents to send their kids to school. Although primary education is considered as facilitating specific professional activities in urban and rural communities, it is possible that many parents fail to see the advantages for continued education. In case families do realise its importance, the enrolment in higher education becomes infeasible due to the labour sacrifice. Most African families who send their kids to the school mainly do it because these parents think that education will lead to better employment opportunities.

Disparity In Educational Accomplishment

Moreover, the difference in educational accomplishment throughout sub-Saharan Africa also depicts the challenges faced by the region in attaining global education standards. Nations like Burkina Faso and Niger, with only 10 per cent and 6 per cent respectively, have small percentage of populations pursuing some type of secondary education. However, Zimbabwe and South Africa have 74 per cent and 73 per cent of their population pursuing secondary education. It should be noted that although the intensity of secondary education and higher education considerably between Niger and Zimbabwe, the positive employment outcome is almost the same.

Another research conducted by the African Economic Outlook on education and skills disparity in the territory support the findings of the Gallup survey. This study offers an enhanced perspective by recognising that African individuals with higher education face higher unemployment levels in middle-income nations than nations with low-income.

Challenges Of Underemployment And Unemployment 

The findings from the studies reveal that the underemployment and unemployment levels in most of the surveyed countries are almost same irrespective of the educational attainment of Africans. Hence, families in Africa might have to make lot of sacrifices for allowing their kids to pursue higher education, but see their children unemployed. At best, they will get underemployed at a similar level as Africans with only primary education.

What do you think about education and employment in Africa? Are you suffering from underemployment or unemployment? Share your opinions and experiences with us by commenting below. We would surely love to hear what you have to say.

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