Friday, December 24, 2010

Rock-paper-scissors: A Fun Decision-making Game | Quazen

During your teenagers time, when you and your friend wanted to come to a decision of whose 
going to have the privilege of sitting beside Amy the school’s hot girl during the recess time, what sort of decision-making tools that you used? Let us ‘rock-paper-scissors’!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top 10 Female Cartoon Characters (Japanese) | Quazen

Female cartoon characters have always been hits among the comic readers. This article listed 10 well known characters from the Japanese comic or manga. Some of them have even been portrayed in movie as real human character. Let’s check it out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The ABC of Handling Equipment | Gomestic

The ABC of equipment

This is a simple guide when handling your equipment especially research equipment because sometimes they are sensitive and some of them are very expensive. So, you might want to operate them cautiously.

A – Assembly

First thing first, you might want to check the assembly of your equipment such as what are the parts or things that make up your equipment. This is important as a missing part of your equipment might affect the functionality of your equipment.

B – Battery

Battery here means your equipment’s power. If your equipment needs power, you have to make sure what type of power does it need? AC or DC? How much power does it need for the equipment to operate? This is to make sure the equipment receive enough and appropriate power so that it will functioning well and you don’t want to end up having your equipment blown up because of high voltage.

C – Connection

After all the assembly and power of your equipment are identified and gathered you can proceed with the connection of your equipment. A proper knowledge on your equipment is a must so that you can connect it well and the equipment will give you its maximum capability. When you connect your equipment, always remember that first thing comes first. It is also an advantage for you to sort out your idea and to-do list on a paper first so you will have a better view of what are you going to do.

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*As published in Gomestic


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

EPI – Environmental Performance Index | Scienceray

EPI or Environmental Performance Index is an index which assess a country’s performance based on 25 metrics aggregated into 10 policy categories including environmental health, air quality, water resource management, forestry, agriculture, biodiversity and habitat, fisheries and climate change which covers both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators could provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals.

The first EPI was published in 2002 developed from the Pilot Environmental Performance Index. It was preceded by the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) implemented between 1999 and 2005. Up to date, a total of 163 countries have joined this programme.

The EPI was developed by the Yale University (Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy) and Columbia University (Center for International Earth Science Information Network) in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. The methodology of this EPI is each country has responsible to carry out analysis and assessment on all the required 25 indicators and the report would be submitted to the Yale University and Columbia University for further evaluation. The results would be an index which can be used by country’s decision makers such as policy makers, environmental scientists, and the advocates and also for general public.

For 2010, the top 5 countries with high EPI were Iceland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Sweden and Norway while the bottom 5 were Togo, Angola, Mauritania, the Central African Republic and Sierra Leone.

The EPI scores can be viewed at this link EPI map. The index can be viewed according to the metrics/indicator or by scale. Hope the information provided by the EPI can also help you to decide which country is suitable for your end of year vacation.

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*As published in Scienceray

Monday, December 6, 2010

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