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Archives for September, 2006

Math Superstar

An excellent article on the recent Fields Medal winner (the Nobel Prize for math) Terence Tao in Seed.

Google redirects in scienceblogs main page

I haven’t faced it. But if you have, this discussion at Pharyngula would fill you in. I use NoScript plugin for Firefox and usually swat all scripts without mercy.

That Cooked Rice You Saved Last Year

Listen up. Do not reheat and eat that rice you saved in the refrigerator last year. It may harbor spores of Bacillus cereus bacteria (shown below) that is still clinging to life. The bacteria produces toxins that can unplug your bottom (it’s called the state of diarreal exuberance). A collegue of my sister’s shared this…

Chomsky and Trivers discussion

I finally got around to watching the video of Noam Chomsky and Robert Trivers discussing deceit and deception. Wonderful to watch how two very sharp minds go about thinking through things. Here’s the part that grabbed my attention. Robert Trivers at one point in the conversation: “ have the following kinds of verbal things that…

Scifi Short Story Contest – The Countdown

A few more days before we close the Scifi Short Story Contest. Thanks to Ramya for the nifty countdown javascript. Now, you can visit the scifi page and feel the urgency.

Belief in Astrology is alright?

Thanks to gaddeswarup who linked to Current Science, an academic science publication in India, I went over to read the current issue. Featured in it under “Astrology and science” is a letter from R V Karanth (of the Geological Society of India), who was commenting about an earlier article on astrology. I quote, It is…


Sunil writes about Crabs in Japan that are revered because they’ve been selected for samurai qualities. Well, not really for all the sword wielding and harakiri skills, rather just the looks. But hey, as long as it floats the crab’s boat who are we to complain. (I know, terrible pun with that crab’s boat thing.…

Starting young

What’s a good age to start a business of your own? 10, that’s what sez Intrepid at Everyday Entrepreneurs, a blog that I would gladly recommend to all.

Winner of the Unintelligent Design Contest

Ladies and gentlemen! The Flounder! If you look closely, the flounder fish has a rather remarkable head. There’s something amiss with the placement of its right eye and the way its mouth opens. Its as if it was a normal fish like, say the discus fish, that lived a normal life and one day some…

An excerpt from a famous scifi novel

THE year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of…