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World: One shock away from a crisis... Express no evil!

Views - 1334 Thursday, 21 April 2011 00:56

The three wise monkeys of yesteryear were supposed to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. This expression stemming from Confucius’s code of conduct was articulated by a Japanese carving in a shrine where it originally appeared in the 1


Our waste for our energy

Views - 1594 Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:35

When the LPG-based three-wheeler bearing number QS-7775 took off with biogas as the fuel derived from university canteen waste and gliricidia leaves, it was quite an important demonstration last Friday (18) at the University of Moratuwa premises. I


Oh, nuts! Coconuts!

Views - 3448 Thursday, 10 March 2011 00:06

The accusations and counter accusations abound. Have we imported coconuts to the country? If ‘yes,’ then that would be for the first time in history... recent history anyway, as we can never say about the past. If ‘no’ is th


The next big thing is small

Views - 1431 Thursday, 24 February 2011 00:31

Having a foresight is definitely an advantage. Today events unfold at dizzying speed. In 1973, Pierre Wack, Head of Corporate Planning for Royal Dutch/Shell, showed the power of thinking of possible developments and accounting for them in planning, w


Your nation is calling you! Bring your talent home

Views - 2115 Thursday, 10 February 2011 00:01

  Another Independence Day dawned on us and gave time for all of us to reflect. I do hope that it was not considered just as a long weekend only! The 63rd Independence celebrations came and in reflection one could consider where we are to where


Good morning Sri Lanka!

Views - 2484 Thursday, 27 January 2011 00:11

“Opportunity – Every day is a fresh opportunity to continue the quest towards our mission” is a poster that I have hung on my wall – everybody needs inspiration! However, at times before I set my sight on this message on the


Seeing light in the eyes of the very young

Views - 2051 Thursday, 13 January 2011 00:01

It is always energising to listen to a lecture when it has depth and breadth and is filled with some ‘funtoids’. It was felt when recently we had one of our advisors, Prof. A.P. de Silva from Queen’s University of Belfast (School of


Wonder of Asia – Within reach

Views - 2334 Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:01

A year-end perspective! It is indeed encouraging when one goes through the speech delivered by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank. She has complimented a lot of the current achievements and developments and calls for inclus


Believe in ourselves – Ingenious Sri Lanka!

Views - 2082 Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:01

These are tough times for leaders and their followers. This is applicable right across all countries and Sri Lanka is no exception. So many issues, opportunities and challenges and at times making any real progress appear quite a daunting task. Wh


SOS for T&R to win the economic war

Views - 1487 Thursday, 2 December 2010 01:48

The abbreviation S&T (Science and Technology) is widely known even if misunderstood by many to what it really stands for.  Today for this subject from a national perspective a new abbreviation has surfaced T&R – Technology and Rese


Oh rice, rise up!

Views - 1677 Thursday, 18 November 2010 00:00

Even in the 21st century, food evokes heated discussion and debate in Sri Lanka. If one goes through any election related material, food on one’s plate would have figured in heavily. The discussions are usually the cost and the availability.


Do not - Stir fry your Conscious!

Views - 1442 Thursday, 4 November 2010 02:22

I do pass the following quote to my food process engineering student group.  They are encouraged to follow the dictum – ‘You must eat to live’ than ‘live to eat’.  I also say that for the latter category studyi


Crippled helix to triple helix for national development

Views - 1344 Thursday, 21 October 2010 02:16

Helixes and helical structures became famous perhaps due to the discovery of modern science when unravelling of the DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid) took place in UK. This led to identification of the potential importance of this helical structure i


Made in ‘Elsewhere’ – My ship please!

Views - 2615 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 21:22

I can trace the seed for this write up to my return journey to Sri Lanka in 1992. Having returned from a place of serious research and high repute and thirsty for action, I had to fulfil a role for our university research symposium. Having to organi


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