Leadership is associated with lower levels of stress

Contrary to what we commonly believe, researchers have found out that Leadership and stress are inversely related. Abstract from PNAS As leaders ascend to more powerful positions in their groups, they face ever-increasing demands. As a result, there is a common perception that leaders have higher stress levels than nonleaders. However, if leaders also experience a heightened sense of control—a psychological factor known to have … Continue reading Leadership is associated with lower levels of stress


Lu Lobello, a troubled veteran of the war in Iraq, and the Kachadoorian family, three of whom were killed by Lobello’s unit in a chaotic Baghdad firefight. Lobello was a Lance Corporal in the Marines; during the invasion of Baghdad, his unit was engaged in a furious gun battle with Iraqi forces in an intersection on Baladiyat street. Three cars containing nine members of the … Continue reading Atonement

How to wash your hands properly

Wet hands, apply soap and rub palms together until soap is bubbly Rub each palm over the back of the other hand Rub between your fingers on each hand Rub backs of fingers (interlocked) Rub around each of your thumbs Rub both palms with finger tips then rinse Dry your hands well Source: Global Hygiene Council Related Handwashing Germs are Us Source Hygiene Continue reading How to wash your hands properly

Targeted Restoration of the Intestinal Microbiota

The gut infection Clostridium difficile can be defeated by a cocktail of rival good bacteria, experiments in mice show. When C. difficile bacteria overwhelm the gut, it can be fatal and difficult to treat with antibiotics. A UK team showed a combination of six bacteria could clear the infection. Read more…   Pathological imbalances within the intestinal microbiota, termed dysbiosis, are often associated with chronic Clostridium … Continue reading Targeted Restoration of the Intestinal Microbiota

Managing Information: Part II

The learning process can be made more effective and productive if we can customise the document with necessary annotations and bookmarks that point to specific locations in the document. A free program such as Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/) could be used for this task. Foxit Reader helps generate required bookmarks with a few mouse movements. Read more… Source: The Hindu   Using Mendeley’s bookmarklet, Web Importer … Continue reading Managing Information: Part II

Information gathering and sharing in the digital age: Part I

Mendeley –  Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere. Video tutorials. Connotea -Free online reference management and sharing for researchers and scientists. Calibre – The one stop solution for all your e-book needs. Comprehensive e-book software. Concept board – Conceptboard is the online whiteboard app for your project: Visual team collaboration on ideas, drafts and documents. … Continue reading Information gathering and sharing in the digital age: Part I

Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue

1. The Grapes of Class: Teaching Chemistry Concepts at a Winery Nonscience majors often believe that the concepts and techniques in chemistry have little relevance to someone outside the “ivy-covered walls of academia”. The challenge for science instructors is to develop and implement lessons that present science in a way that will capture the interest of the nonscience major, while remaining rigorous enough to satisfy … Continue reading Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue