Archive | August, 2014

Weekend Reading: “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”

The travel of ideas This week’s weekend reading is the international bestseller from Malcolm Gladwell “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”. In this book released in 2000, the New York Times columnist and a writer Malcolm Gladwell describes the turning point when a trend starts to catch fire, becomes important, [...]

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The Economics of Love and Sex

Money can’t buy you love! Or can they? I have a lot of economists around me, and I am sure they will say that it not the question if the money buys something, it is the question of “how much”

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Student Develops Inexpensive Solar Lens To Purify Polluted Water

This is a story about technology in which I believe. Small-scale, easy to build and use and proper for rural as well as semi-urban settings, this ‘soft measures’ to ensure water quality are often more resilient than multi-million projects to build dams, aqueducts and suchlike.

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Weekend Reading: “Tuesdays with Morrie”

It is August, the time when it’s hot outside, there are no classes and one can indulge in an interesting fiction or non-fiction reading. And weekends are sometimes the best time for this even in August as some people have to work, or prefer to keep the usual rhythms of doing ‘me’ things on a [...]

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Podium on Road Crossings in Baku

The “Firfira” company, within its campaign “Art for Democracy” has organized this action for promotion of use of pedestrian crossings in Baku. The message at the end says that we should take time to cross the roads at “zebras”. I always do! But do the drivers stop? Only if there are cameras installed and tickets [...]

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Sitting Is New Smoking!

Sitting is New Smoking!? We spend much of our time in the office sitting. Even if you sport for 1 hour a day, you cannot compensate for 11 hours of sitting or not moving enough in a day. Why is this bad? Poor circulation of blood, stiff muscles, which get tense and can be chronically [...]

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New Book!!! “River Basin Management in the Twenty-first Century: Understanding People and Place”

Good news for those interested in water resources management and policy! A new book is published by CRC Press, part of Taylor & Francis Group, which is called “River Basin Management in the Twenty-first Century: Understanding People and Place” edited by Victor Squires, Hugh Milner, and Katherine Daniell. It has a rich collection of various [...]

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Maastricht for a Vacation? Worth it!

If you are not afraid of the rain, like cycling and safety in your travels, The Netherlands has a lot to offer for you as a tourist. Having lived for 1 year in Oxford and for almost 4 years in Amsterdam, I am not such a big fan of rain, but I happened to be [...]

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How Lonely is a Scientist?

Why did I choose to become a scientist? It is a lonely, not so well-paid and often insecure job after all. And in a society where I live and work now, it has little social prestige. Moreover, if you end up as a teacher, it is very hard to juggle teaching, administration, research and writing. [...]

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