TO DECOLOR MY WORLD,  -the last two decades,  has had me fuming at all the Pakistani students, trudging school to school, college to universities.

And for the last few years, my diary notes,  -me blowing  hot and cold at, Mariam, Rabo, Dee, Hussain, Ali, Paras, Sorat, Haider, Aqsa, Talat, Ahsen, Ibrahim, Eman, Mustafa and Faizan.

Mind you, all of the above are just about, sterling. Very High class. Each just so unique. And recent past days,  -have found me, fuming at the grand-master of all thinkers, Aristotle, who said :

''No Great Genius has ever existed, without some touch of madness''. In the developing world, I did find an abundant supply of madness. But sadly, it was a madness of a different kind.

In bitter cold,  -with slashing rain and wind, I found myself in great fettle, at every wind gust, as I walked to a cluster of private schools, near the airport here-
To study and observe first hand, the security arrangements, at pack-up time.

The long, hard walk, and the bone chilling cold, brought back many memories. And one distinct one was, when a senior student of a very reputed university said to me:

*I am just not interested in a STEM : {science, tech, engineering math) career.*

I answered : ''In that case discover what your real passion is, and get very, very friendly with it.''

In the Sanctuary of my mind, I continue my quest to spot precious students. If I can and if I do succeed, then don't  forget to watch the Contagion effect. Yes, the Contagion effect in great inventions.  

The Smartphone Privacy

Nobody should ever feel safe, -and nearly half of Americans don't feel safe sharing private information over a  cell-phone call, according to Pew. 

So how can phone owners conceal their data? 

Enter the Blackphone, a smartphone designed to put privacy above all else.

The device, developed by the company of the same name and accelerated after the Snowden leaks, runs: A customised  Android operating system stripped of features that might make data vulnerable, like calender sync.

It also comes with software that encrypts calls, texts and browsing history at levels far beyond normal smartphones {which could make the Blackphone a target of law-enforcement officials-

Who say encryption technology makes it harder for for cops to catch criminals}.
But even with a Blackphone, users should be careful about what they type or upload. 

As Blackphone CEO Tobby Weir Jones explains, ''It's dangerous to assume anything is a magic invisibility cloak.''  

Wireless Electricity

We already have  wireless internet  and  wireless phones. Why,then, are everyday appliances still shackled to the wall? 

To be sure, there a few  power-mat chargers for small gadgets like phones. But Witricity, based in Watertown, Mass, is thinking big.Its technology   -involving a plug-in coil that creates a magnetic field-

Which in turn powers objects as far away as 8 ft. (2.4 m)  has been tested on Toyota electric cars  (with charging mats) Intel PCs  (with charging pads) and more. 

Within 10 years says CEO Alex Gruzen, rooms could be wired so that all appliances  -lamps, Tvs, stereos   -pull power from a central charging base.

The Ring  -That Alerts In Style

Like many professional women, Christina Mercando, keeps her smartphone in her purse, which meant she was constantly digging it out to check for important notifications.

But what if she could get that info from something she was already wearing, much as pants wearing-wearing men can feel a phone buzz in their pocket?

That's the thinking behind Ringly, a line of rings that can be:
*Programmed to glow when wearers get an email from their boss, a text from their Uber driver or any number of other  can't -miss communications*.

Mercando, a former product and design manager at eBay, raised more than $1 million to realize her vision.

So far, the concept is working; the first  1,000  Ringly, rings, which distributed last June sold out within 24 hours  

''SuperBananas To Prevent Blindness'' / Queensland University Of Technology

In sub-Saharan Africa, up to 30% of kids under age are at risk of going blind   -among other conditions   -for one simple reason:
*they don't get enough eye-nurturing vitamin A.

But *what if the bananas that make up a lot of their diet could be re-engineered to deliver it?*

That's the idea that struck Australian biogeneticist James Dole when he visited Uganda in the early 2000s.

With the backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dale and his team began developing a Vitamin-A-enriched  ''superbanana'', human trials start soon in the U.S.

In Africa, they will be introduced using what Dale calls a  ''reverse ponzi scheme'' to spark adoption. Villagers leaders will be given 10 free superbanana plants to grow, on the condition they give-

At least 20 new shoots to other villagers, who will do the same.

''These bananas could potentially solve,'' a major health problem, Dale says. .
The Honour and Serving of the  ''operational research''  continues. Thank you for reading, and do share forward.

With respectful dedication to the  ***Voice Of Students***   the world over. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' Above & Beyond '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

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