The Scientific Indian

Winding down this blog

This is the last blip before Scienceblogs.com/thescian fades into the background. I am no more a blogger. The past few years has been a memorable journey and your company was wonderful. A big thank you to you, the readers, and to Scienceblogs who made this a great experience for me. Please visit TheScian.com to relive…

Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

So, wife asked me what’s with connectedness of the stuff in this world, synchronicity and such. Well, there is much to say. Let’s take this, for instance: Place the picture of a BZ reaction snapshot and a CMB picture side by side. One is a chemical reaction in a small dish, the other is a…

Vigorous Scrubbing, the musical

I find myself scrubbing (my own person, that is, please read on) vigorously without being aware only to realize later that I am listening to a fast-paced music while bathing. Most of you would have experienced the connection between music and pace of physical action. Amateur observations made while listening to music during bathing, driving…

Google Female Human Body Browser

Go here. There’s a search box to look for organs. Quite neat.

A remarkable and inspiring presentation of data. Dr Rosling, of course, has been pioneering this for a while now. There is a recent piece in the Economist which I found informative as well. More vidoes linked here.

Why is space dark?

The thing is, it is dark, but wait, actually, it is not. I mean…

I want to save my people

That’s Narayanan Krishnan, who has dedicated his life to feeding the poor in Madurai. You can vote for him at CNN Heroes 2010. He could use the prize money.

How close can you get to a Neutron Star

So, there’s a new heavier neutron star that has been found. Here’s a question: How close can we physically get to it while still keeping most of the atoms in our body intact? We seem to be OK at 3000 light years. Would we be fine at 10 light years, 1 light year, 5000 miles?…

Wikileaks

NYT should be ashamed of itself. The readers know a shit piece when they see it and they make it known in no uncertain terms. Here’s a recent interview with John Le CarrĂ© at Writers & Company where he discusses the backdrop (Deep State, as he calls it) and the strangling effect it has on…

What did Ed Witten do in college

Ed Witten, the physicist whom many consider a man of genius, has had remarkable early years. Below was linked at Hacker News. How long will you need to find your truest, most productive niche? This I cannot predict, for, sadly, access to a podium confers no gift of prophecy. But I can say that however…