Sunday, May 29, 2011

No reputation of Nepal in science sector, poster presentation is option

A poster is one of the good media to show the research finding. The poster has a great value during conferences, and usually prior to publication. It is one the shortest form to explain the results of researches and their benefit to the public (scientists). Hardly, science and research conducted in Nepal can be published in the journal of international reputation. It may be due to less exposure and prestige of Nepal in the science sector, and less frequent publications in international journals.  So, poster presentation is a good option. It is also needed to show in conferences in foreign. My colleagues and some MSc thesis students had asked me to help to make their poster. Here is a template (MS Powerpoint 2007) for the poster.

Poster presentation template; useful for conferences (download pptx)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reasons of Fedora 15 for Chemistry Related Programs

Today, final version of Fedora 15 is going to be released. Fedora is a type (distro) of Linux Operating System. I have been using this OS (Red Hat Linux before 2004) for a decade. See my previous article; Pros and cons of Linux OS.
Reasons and features of preferred Fedora 15
As I mentioned Fedora is the leader not follower, so, some of the latest software and Linux repositories are available in Fedora 15. Few of them are;
  • KDE 4.6.x,
  • Xfce 4.8,
  • GCC 4.6, 
  • GNOME 3,
  • LibreOffice 3.3.0,
  • gnome-chemistry-utils-0.12.8,
  • Rupee Sign,
  • improved SPICE support,
  • /var/run mounted as tmpfs,
  • /var/lock mounted as systemd, etc. and
  •  Yum is not necessary to upgrade.
Several Chemistry related programs are available under gnome-chemistry-utils package. Chemistry-utils can appear in Gnome-3 menu that conatins as follows: (These were available inside “education” menu in previous Fedora).
  • 3D molecular structure viewer (GChem3D)
  • Chemical calculator (GChemCalc)
  • 2D structure editor (GChemPaint)
  • periodic table of the elements application (GChemTable)
  • crystalline structure editor (GCrystal)
  • spectra viewer (Gspectrum).
GNOME 3 is somewhat similar to aerospace of Windows vista and 7 that make feel with gnome-shell. This helps window management. It provides a top bar that hosts the 'system status', a clock, and a hot corner that switches to 'overview' mode, which provides easy access to applications and windows. Also, it provides controls for keyboards, monitors, network, sound and power. There is only a close button, not a minimize or maximize button. Double-clicking the title bar of a window maximizes and vice-versa. This type of inclusion may make confusion to some people who were enjoying previous Gnome.  

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Anxiety, Anger Soothed by the Pigeons 2

Contd from part 1. When I opened the balcony door considering to seize these disturbing pigeons, I could see the nest with two eggs.
Best place to make nest; neither eagle nor weather attack, I assure nor human
Each door covered with extra panel of net, to avoid mosquito and other insects. But there is neither spring nor peg in the balcony door so that outsider panel remains a little bit open and there is always a gap between two panels of the door. No problem in the main entrance door, both panels are good. I had been requesting the in-charge of this house to solve the problem. What is the value of this extra net-panel if it always remains open? He always had been saying tomorrow-tomorrow for past four months. It is just a 15 minutes work to install spring or peg. Now, I give up to request.
A small gap created between two panels of the doors
Certainly, take benefit of the gap
I remembered, Kabi Siromani, Lekhnath Poudel’s poem, “Gauthali Bolyo Chiribiri Chyarrya”. Both swallow and the person were saying the house belonged to them, and the poet became confused.

I also became confused whether this room belonged to me or bird, or stay together. I decided to let it. Might the pigeon-pair (parents) be watching me and their nest from a short distance. The pigeon-pair, the nest and eggs soothed my anger and anxiety. I forgot what happened the whole day and returned to bed for asleep.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Chemistry Journal's Impact Factor in 2010

Please wait for Chemistry Journal's Impact Factor, if net is slow.
This impact factor (2010) is the unofficial collection by Bishnu Marasini but it may change in 2011.
Please e-mail me if you need the document.