When Ayyana Chakravartula discovered she was pregnant for the first time, she borrowed a breast pump from a cousin of hers. Chakravartula, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering and lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, was completely stumped by the contraption that was put in front of her. advertisement advertisement There were so many different parts to the device that they had to be collected in an enormous bulky bag: there were adaptors, battery packs, bottles, ice packs, valves, tubes, and a cap that presumably attached to your breast. (It was hard to tell for sure: there was nothing at all that seemed intuitive to Chakravartula about the kit.) The entire thing was analog, which was odd to her, given that every other device she owned used digital technology. “It was one of the most bizarre experiences I have had in my life,” she recalls. “Everything about the breast pump and the act of pumping milk felt weird.” Chakravartula now has … [Read more...] about Can We Build A Better Breast Pump, Already?
Vijay K Sondhi and Faisal SherwaniThe pronouncement of the appellate tribunal for Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators Act (SAFEMA), Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), Prevention of Money-Laundering Act (PMLA), Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) & Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act in September in the Sterling Biotech case has rekindled the debate around the supposed primacy of the one parliamentary statute: i.e. the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC) against the other: i.e. the PMLA, the latter being the special legislation against money-laundering.Following the judgment in the Sterling Biotech case, several leading dailies carried reports with titles suggestive of the primacy of the IBC over the PMLA. It was déjà vu from a time when the Delhi High Court had in April adjudicated a batch of appeals in the Axis Bank case where dailies carried reports with titles suggesting that it was the money laundering law which … [Read more...] about Legal Matters: Two Acts and the fight for primacy
Download the Fast Company iPad app to hear exclusive excerpts from the lost Steve Jobs tapes. | Photo by Jorge Colombo A Lasting Legacy We so often see people point out the most irrelevant facts about Steve Jobs, but in the end, it comes down to results, as stated in “The Lost Tapes of Steve Jobs.” Sure, Jobs may not have been an engineer or a scientist. Instead, he was a businessman with vision, taste, and will, focused on technology. He was and is the stitching holding together Apple’s fabric–fabric that is some of the finest on the planet. Aco StrkaljSt. Louis advertisement advertisement Fast Company always brings it! Jobs was a genius and understood the necessity to keep the power in his hands–it had to be his way or the highway. Bringing others in the power matrix opens the door for a hater to slit your throat. How long will Apple churn on Steve’s vibe? We will see.Floyd YoungJeddah, Saudi Arabia This is a great article. I was … [Read more...] about Readers’ Feedback: May 2012