Watch the Best Technology-Related Movies on Satellite TV

When it comes to technology, making a classic film is a bit harder. After all, anyone who actually focuses the camera on the equipment of the era might find themselves feeling a bit sheepish in a few years, when talking about a dial-up modem like it’s a life-changing invention seems a bit outdated. But the fact is that whether or not you’re a computer geek or just someone who likes to see a well-made movie, the world of technology has been a fertile ground for creativity. And for every film where people managed to get it wrong, there was something else that was a bit closer to getting it right. After all, everything from hover cars to HDTV screens have popped up in movies about the future, and 50 percent of those devices are widely available today.

Whether you’re in the mood for something a bit more campy or are hoping for a truly engaging film that just happens to be a bit outdated as far as the technology is concerned, here are some of the best tech-related films that you’re likely to be able to find while surfing the channels. And if you watch close enough, you just might find that some of today’s best-known actors happened to have their formative moments in tech-related crisis back in the day.

Hackers. This turned into a camp classic due to the rollerblading through New York sequences and rave culture turned into computer chic, but the fact is that “Hackers” is always an entertaining viewing. The good news? It seems to end up on satellite tv at least once a day, in case you haven’t gotten to see it from start to finish. Better yet, Angelina Jolie and male lead Johnny Lee Miller were real-live spouses long before the days of Brangelina.

War Games. Matthew Broderick as a clever young man who accidentally finds his way inside of the computer system that controls nuclear capabilities for the United States government is completely believable, while sometimes the antiquated technology is not. An incredibly well-written film, and one of the most impressive ways of building tension when the main focus material is technology.

2001: A Space Odyssey. Perhaps the best science and technology-related film ever made, “2001” manages to not just be classifiable as sci-fi. With artificial intelligence still developing, it’s impossible to say whether or not all of the claims in this one are true. But one thing is for certain: people are definitely just as interested in space tourism as they are in the newest model of HDTV in 2010, meaning that the film was off by just about a decade.

Soylent Green. Hopefully, we’re not all eating people. But “Soylent Green” is still one of the best technology-related films out there simply because it hit the nail on the head as far as overpopulation and climate change is concerned. While not focused exclusively on technology–the plot rotates more around the trouble of corporate types rationing out food that might not be as good for you as you think–the fact is that technology and human impact on the world is the reason that things are they way they are in this fictional 2022.

Gattaca. Another satellite tv favorite, “Gattaca” is one of the best versions of the “body as capital” technology-oriented science films out there. A world where technology has developed to the point where those with a less-than-superior DNA profile aren’t allowed to enjoy regular life hasn’t happened yet, but there is certainly more and more of a chance to mess with genetics, whether getting your DNA mapped or choosing the gender of your child. An excellent and non-annoying performance by Ethan Hawke, too.

India – Growing in Information Technology, Healthcare and Real Estate Sector

Leading information technology companies in India are meanwhile increasing their presence in North America, in step with the improving business climate in the region. Top-tier information technology companies which are increasing their delivery capabilities in North America, includeHCL Technologies which concluded acquisition and expansion of its Parsippany, New Jersey data centre. The North America region currently accounts for 60 per cent of India’s information technology export basket. Information technology company, Cognizant, has similarly announced the expansion of its US delivery centres in Toronto and Phoenix (Arizona).

India’s top-ranking status in the field of basic research came in for mention at the India Eco Summit held recently, where the panelists discussed whether, and how, India could become an innovation hub in the near future, given India’s strengths in science and technology and research and development. The country made a significant stride in science and technology with Indian researchers succeeding in sequencing the entire genome of a human being. The genome sequencing was undertaken by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, part of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). In another development that would have a bearing on innovative science and technology prospects for Indian companies-on the sidelines of the climate change conference at Copenhagen, India’s proposal for a global network of innovation centres for climate-friendly technologies received wide consensus.

Leading manufacturers of automobiles in India, posted record monthly sales for the month of November 2009, even as car makers and two-wheeler companies improved on their sales posted in earlier months. Two of the leading manufacturers of automobiles in India, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor India reported record monthly sales of 87,807 units and 55,265 units respectively for the month of November 2009. Major manufacturers of automobiles are seeing their India operations contribute significantly to the company’s global operations. For example, Hyundai’s India subsidiary contributes between 15 per cent and 20 per cent to the company’s global turnover.

India’s infrastructure segment has received a boost with representatives from the Power Grid Corporation, the India Infrastructure Finance Co Ltd (IIFCL), the World Bank and the Government of India, signing loan agreements for projects of a total value of US$ 4.2 billion in the month of October 2009. In another fillip to the country’s infrastructure that is certain to speed up infrastructure projects through the route of public-private partnership, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to provide close to US$ 700 million in loans as part of the second India infrastructure project financing facility.

According to a study by Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Urban Land Institute, India heads the top real estate investment markets for the year 2010. The report, which is based on the views of over 270 international real estate professionals, revealed that India, particularly the Indian cities of Mumbai and Delhi were viewed as good destinations with residential properties seen as more attractive sectors. ICICI Bank, a leading private bank, has stated that it was focussing on the home loans segment on the back of a recovery in the real estate segment. HDFC, a top lender of home loans, has said that it expects loan disbursals in the housing sector to remain strong in the current fiscal (FY 2010). HDFC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Keki Mistry, said, “Loan disbursals (in the housing sector) remain very strong. We expect credit growth in excess of 20 per cent.”HDFC Bank, has for its own part, made news in the banking system. HDFC Bank has been named the strongest bank in the Asia-Pacific region, in a survey conducted by Asian Banker, which provides information for the financial services industry. Other Indian banks that featured in the ranking include Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Union Bank of India.

The healthcare sector in India is projected to grow to US$ 77 billion mark by 2012, up 23 per cent from the current size, according to a recently released study. The growth in the healthcare sector in India would come on the back of growth in healthcare facilities in the public and private sector as well as growth in medical diagnostic and path labs, as well as growth in the medical insurance sector. The Indian life insurance industry is on a high growth trajectory, posting a double-digit growth figure of 35.7 per cent year-on-year in October 2009, on the back of high inflows in premiums of the first year.

Planning a Career in Life Science

Are you planning to take up a career in life science? It is interesting to note that this field opens up a wide variety of job opportunities for the students. However, those who are interested in life science career must pay due attention in the subject and try to get good grades. If classroom instruction is not enough and you are still left with doubts in your mind, then consider seeking help of the private tutoring services.

When it comes to life science, biology is the most important subject with the largest number of branches which are of great significance today due to the potential growth prospects. Technology and medical science gives a further boost to this sector. Though there are many who aim to make a career in academics, the young generation is also increasingly interested in joining the corporate world.

Before you decide to take up any career, it is important that you have a thorough knowledge about the various divisions of life science. You must have a clearer understanding of the concepts that can help you build a bright future. To start with, you must equip yourself with a master’s degree in life science because this makes it much easier for you to pursue the career of your choice. After you have the right degree, you can choose to gain more experience through special training programs to sharpen your skills and enhance your knowledge.

If you have troubles understanding any concept then you can consider hiring a private biology tutor. The good news is that you don’t even need to go far off places for coaching. With the help of the Internet, you can find expert biology tutors in your own locality. The right guidance from a professional tutor will significantly help you prepare yourself for a career in life science. Some of the popular career choices include:

Academics: There is a tremendous career growth in academics. You will however need a higher degree in any division of life science. The jobs available include teacher, lecturer, professor, research scientist, research associate, dean etc.

Health Sector: When it comes to heath sector, becoming a doctor seems to be the ultimate dream. You will need to pass the medical entrance test for this. There are also other jobs available such as nurses, technicians, lab superintendent, medical transcriptionist/coder, and medical representative.

Forensic Department: With a degree in forensic science, you can expect to get a well-paying position in federal and state labs. Other jobs include medical examiner, psychological profiling, drug tester, forensic engineer, forensic toxicologist, forensic entomologist, and forensic nurse.

Another Doomsday, Another Dollar: Shifting Science Towards Peace & Ecology

In his book, “Our Final Hour,” Cambridge professor and Britain’s “Astronomer Royal” Martin Rees predicts humanity has no more than a 50/50 chance of survival into the next century and that by 2020 a million people will perish due to scientific error or terror. Some would call him prescient, while others would interpret his words as alarmist, resembling a layer cake with environmental fears on top of nuclear fears on top of chemical and biological threats, ad infinitum. With a sci-fi flare, he warns of runaway technology, human clones and an ability to insert memory chips into the brain.

Doomsday predictors get much the same respect as the “toxic fumes” sign at the local service station; they impart their wisdom, yet we yawn. Situations which seem grim and overwhelming, even potentially lethal, tend to be ignored. Attention on more immediate and “American” concerns, such as consumer goods and personal advancement, monopolize our daily thoughts. This is arguably foolhardy and indicative of the “another doomsday, another dollar” mentality.

Rees is not a lone voice on the scientific stage. The “Bulletin of Atomic Scientists” reports we have seven minutes until our final bow at midnight. Other reputable experts surmise that a “gray goo” or nanotechnological catastrophe poses the greatest threat. This involves the invention of miniature, self-replicating machines that gnaw away at the environment until it is devoid of life. It need not be deliberate sabotage–as in technological warfare by one nation against another–but could result from a laboratory mishap.

Astronomers speak of fugitive asteroids that could destroy major sections of our planet within the next 30 years. Others point to atom-crashing tests and their potential for a lethal strangelet scenario. Strangelets are malformed subatomic matter, which could distort all normal matter and dissolve the earth in seconds.

There are streams of alerts from environmental experts who tell us natural disasters are on the rise. They warn of climatic change and tell us the world’s species die at a rate 1000 times greater than they did prior to human existence due to habitat destruction and the introduction of non-indigenous species into the ecosystem. Their conclusion? If we do not reverse the damaging trend, Earth itself will be extinct.

Should we open our minds to doomsday predictions? And if we accept them, what is the next step to insure or increase our chance of planetary survival?

In his book, “Science, Money and Politics,” Daniel Greenberg follows a trail of suspicion. He condemns what he believes to be the self-serving, greedy scientific community with its bungled research, conflicts of interest and findings that never see the light of day due to suppression by corporate sponsors. But this seems to be an overly cynical, embellished perspective; there are surely many scientists dedicated to discovery and social responsibility, apart from any personal gain. And we should not forget that offering controversial insights can be at a cost; proponents of “radical” theories often expose themselves to public and professional ridicule.

Regardless of skepticism, the “Pascal’s Wager” game plan seems a good bet. This essentially means we should not gamble with eternity, but instead urge the scientific community to take precautions since Armageddon allows no second chance. Better to err on the side of life, even if it means some black holes will go unexplored and some research grants will be pulled.

Precaution means building contingency plans–such as shields and containment measures–into emerging technologies so that if an experiment goes awry, a safety net will kick into place. It means the scientific community should better police itself. It means committees or boards–both local and international–should be established for oversight and regulations, much like Albert Einstein proposed in 1947 to maintain worldwide peace. Many nation-states and multinational corporations are known for fighting even minimal efforts to regulate dangerous technology, and they must be countered.

There are pragmatic hurdles to be negotiated when trying to impose rules on private parties or on authorities in renegade lands, but the ozone hole “near disaster” demonstrates how the world can cooperate when it comes to life-and-death matters. As cultures dovetail, as communications rise, as borders become more porous, and as the world figuratively shrinks, it will be easier to impose structure and scientific parameters on nations that seem combative today

Science must shift its course and find new mountains to climb. It looks to us for cues. Due to our materialistic bent as a culture, our cursory endorsement of “progress” and our captivation with the Prometheus-like aura of technology, we subtly ask the scientific community to scale those mountains that are the highest (great accolades can be received), the easiest (the path of least resistance) or the most profit-oriented (grant money from special interests or an emphasis on reducing labor so companies can realize greater proceeds) rather than those that are the most ecological and peace-enhancing.

The research community has rivers of creativity and forests of energy that could instead be directed towards rivers and forests. It could move towards ecological preservation and restoration, peaceful alternatives to conflict and a furthering of life on this planet.

We will know a cultural transition is underway when news reports following fires, earthquakes and other disasters address the impact on natural systems and nonhuman species, rather than just the human and economical consequences, such as the number of homes lost. Our capitalistic culture thrives on the fact that nature is cost-free, which in turn, reinforces the notion that it is expendable and devoid of value. This reality must change. Our reality must change. And science must change. It must shift towards peace and ecology. It’s as plain as doomsday.

Bipolar Disorder Science News – National Institute of Mental Health Update

Five long years have passed and I have come to know bipolar disorder and the mania experience quite well. Though not my friend … it has not really been my enemy for a very long time.

Through the years, I have noticed more and more television commercials and print ads for medications of all types including mental disturbances. And as I review my own writings, I am reminded that we are fortunate to live in such historic times. Manic-depression in the 1900s’ meant that if you were stricken, you were institutionalized with murderers and the like. It was madness and mayhem as women were often abused by the very “caregivers” that were to care for them. Patients were starved, or killed, they were considered worse than thieves … they were the cast-offs of society. Science in those days included performing procedures like lobotomies on the mentally ill, it was another aspect of the horrific medical misjudgment and mismanagement of the day. Today researchers bring to consumers break-through science and as they discover the intricacies of the human brain they move revolutionarily forward. Knowing how the engine performs helps one obtain a greater appreciation for it. Today, patients are treated differently, medication helps greatly, and though we battle the stigma of title, patient … bipolar disorder (I,II,III) etc. we are ahead of the game. As researchers and scientists understand the clinical picture obtained from the information technology age of ours they will see clearly how the pieces come together to complete the puzzle. In this age of warp speed, we must only be ahead of the religious war to see our dreams come to fruition. Hollywood has made bipolar disorder a cutting edge illness. No longer the 1900s – it is 2008 and if bipolar disorder is the American buzz word than Hollywood has made the consumer an American icon.

There are many engines that pull the train of technology. One highly accredited resource is NAMI (National Institute of Mental Health). NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1,100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. NAMI does need funding to continue their research. Should you wish to register for the NAMI e-newsletter or donate for continuation of their research, you may do so at this address: [http://www/nami.org]. The following is an example of the wonderful work they do, it is discovery. The following is a recent scientific study as it relates to a subject near and dear to me: Bipolar Disorder’s Manic Phase:

“Faster-Acting Medications for Bipolar Disorder’s Manic Phase May Be Feasible

New Research Pinpoints Potential Molecular Target in Brain Cells” NAMI, January 2008

Scientists may be able to develop faster-acting medications for the manic phase of bipolar disorder, new research shows. Current medications take several days to weeks to work, during which the extreme mood shifts of the disease may cause patients to engage in harmful behaviors, such as risky health behaviors or spending sprees. Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, affects about 5.7 million Americans age 18 and older in any given year.

The faster medications would be aimed more directly at a molecular site on brain cells that current medications, such as lithium and valproate, reach through a slower, roundabout route. By targeting the site with a protein fragment they designed, NIMH scientists reduced manic-like behaviors and associated brain changes in rats. Jing Du, Ph.D., Husseini Manji, M.D., and colleagues published their results in the January 2 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

With further research, the molecular site could become a target for new medications for humans, or could point the way to other targets for new treatments, the scientists say. The site is an amino acid, serine 845 (S845), in the GluR1 subunit of the AMPA receptor. (See “About the Science.”).

The researchers also pinpointed a region of the brain that appears to be involved in mania: the CA1 region of the hippocampus, which feeds stored memories to the prefrontal cortex, the “active-thinking” part of the brain. Please refer to [http://http//www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2008/faster-acting-medications-for-bipolar-disorders-manic-phase-may-be-feasible.shtml] for the actual study.

In conclusion, this generation has come to know and benefit from more scientific discoveries than ever in the history of medicine. So it is with this knowledge that we must not forget our responsibility to contribute to further the cause. If in fact, 5.7+ million Americans’ will, at some time this year, experience a mental disorder, then it is our responsibility to contribute as we have done for the American Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association and so many other fitting medical causes along the way. All very worthy causes, I beseech you to contribute as you can, to the National Alliance Mental Illness (NAMI.org). It is a fitting cause, it is a worthy contribution, and the science of the mind may someday be the difference between life or death for someone you love.