Head injury turns college dropout a maths genius

Source : Times of India

In an incident which appears be a perfect plot for any reality-based fiction work, an American college dropout after being brutally attacked by a group of street robbers has turned a mathematics genius.

It happened after 41-year-old Jason Padgett’s brain was damaged in a brutal attack by muggers. He was left concussed after being ambushed outside a karaoke club and repeatedly kicked in the head, the Daily Mail reported.

Now, wherever Padegtt looks, he sees mathematical formulas and turns them into stunning, intricate diagrams he can draw by hand.

He is the only person in the world known to the skill, which experts say, was caused by his head injury. They believe the damage to Padgett’s brain has left him with a “remarkable gift” for figures.

To understand how Padgett’s brain works, neuroscientist and philosophy professor Berit Brogaard and her team flew Padgett to Finland to run a series of tests.

His brain scanning showed damage that was forcing his brain to overcompensate in certain areas that most people do not have access to.

Brogaard, who is based at the Centre for Neurodynamics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said the result that Padgett is now an acquired savant, meaning brilliant in a specific area.

“Savant syndrome is the development of a particular skill, that can be mathematical, spatial, or autistic, that develop to an extreme degree that sort of makes a person superhuman,” the professor added.

QANTAS Logos

Qantas is the the national airline of Australia. Qantas was founded in Winton, Queensland in 16 November 1920. The name was originally “QANTAS”, an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”.

Qantas unveiled its new logo in July 2007. The change to the logo was prompted due to the changes in the structure of the tail of the aircrafts. Qantas took this opportunity to make the design of their new logo a little more contemporary.

Some of the changes in the new logo are below

1. The feet of the kangaroo are more visible and do not appear to touch the ground.
2. The tail of the kangaroo appears to be pointed more upwards than before.
3. The italicized font of the airline ‘Qantas’ is different and shows a more significant lean.

History of Qantas Logos

Humanity Still Exists : Indian Village Renamed Snapdeal.com

Source : TechCrunch , 2011

A village in India has decided to rename itself and henceforth be known as Snapdeal.com Nagar (which means town). Snapdeal.com being an online couponing company that recently raised $12 million and has the lead over Groupon in India in the local ecommerce space.

So what gives? This isn’t exactly the first time anything like this has happened (mostly for cheap publicity scoring reasons), but the story behind it is unique and worth sharing.

Snapdeal has adopted a remote village in India and enabled clean drinking water facilities for its people by installing manual pumps. To show their gratitude, the village’s residents have decided to rename their village to Snapdeal.com Nagar, actually taking the company by surprise.

Snapdeal.com CEO Kunal Bahl tells that the goal has always been to build a socially responsible organization, and that the decision to provide clean drinking water for the village came from a conversation with one of its 500 employees in the hallways.

This person mentioned that his family lives near a cluster of villages where the locals have to walk over a kilometer every day and stand in line just for clean water, so Bahl figured they should explore if they couldn’t easily and cost-effectively solve their problem.

Bahl is refreshingly modest about what happened next, too:

We honestly did something very simple – didn’t even cost that much – and installed 15 hand pumps, which now enable clean water within a distance of 50 meters for all the residents of the village.

We must have spent a total of $5000 on getting this and the really cool part about this is that these 15 hand pumps will give clean water to the villagers for the next 15-20 years!

The decision to rename their village Snapdeal.com Nagar, Bahl says, was not only a gesture of appreciation from the residents but also a sort of demonstration against the local governance and administration, for their lack of care and competence.

Bahl also explained that they’ll be doing a lot more over the next few years for the community in this village, such as upgrading facilities in the local school and hospital.

In another testament of his humility, Bahl concludes:

Ours is a fast growing, yet relatively still-to-get-there company with 500 people.

There are 640,000 companies incorporated in India, many many of them much much larger than ours. Assuming even 10% have the resources to do anything (and $5000 isn’t really a lot), we can solve water problems for 64,000 villages and millions of people in India. Something to think about.

Ten laws of Newton you did not know

Here are 10 laws that Isaac Newton failed to share with the world . . .

Law of Queue : If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

Law Of Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.

Law of Mechanical Repair : After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of Workshop : Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of the Alibi : If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

Bath Theorem : When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Encounters : The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result : When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will!

Law of Biomechanics : The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of Coffee : As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

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