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Sun in 3D

Poor man’s VR. Bought a few pairs of Red-Blue 3D Glasses (you can buy them online, I paid five pounds for five glasses) to view the 3D images of Sun produced by NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites. This image is nifty.

Research Culture in Indian Universities

A discussion at nonoscience. There is something missing here, something very simple, impalpable, profound, sacred. There is a void which can only be felt and hard to demonstrate. You can call it “scientific fervor”, “fire in the belly,” “passion” or use any other overworked word, which ultimately is only a word and not the real…

Oh, shit.

Toilet trouble endured by Sunil.

Smart people suck

Smart people suck when it comes to financial health. One study* has apparently showed that although smart people earn more, they spend more too thus justifying this blog post’s title. Posting this has been therapeutic. The study* and its conclusions make me somewhat happy considering the level of my own intelligence. *a financial study. I’d…

Hype Street Photography

A contest [via]. I like the interface that streams the photos depending on your mouse movements. A browser barely manages to contain such interfaces. We need VR, 3D interfaces, holographic projections, cranial data accessories…

Stephen Hawking in Texas A&M University

Sunil writes about the physics festival he visited.

Applying Evolution to Literature

Jonathan Gottschall writes in The Age: At exactly the same time I was reading The Naked Ape I was re-reading Homer’s Iliad for a graduate seminar on the great epics. As always, Homer made my bones flex and ache with the terror and beauty of the human condition. But this time around I also experienced…

PSLV’s first commercial launch

From ISRO press release. In its eleventh flight, conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, this afternoon (April 23, 2007), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C8, successfully launched the 352 kg Italian astronomical satellite, AGILE, into a 550 km circular orbit, inclined at an angle of 2.5 deg to the equator. You can…

Bill O’ Reilly supposedly interviewed Richard Dawkins. Bill had the mike, the studio and the buttons and so Bill jumped on the pulpit and delivered his sermon without having the decency to treat the guest properly (he didn’t allow Dawkins to say much). O’Reilly referred to the tides and the (apparent) movement of sun as…

I was reading The Telegraph Magazine today [paper copy]. Salmon Rushdie introduces Taryn Simon’s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamilar – a collection of portraits that capture the hidden reality: bushmeat, fruits and other items confiscated by US Customs; playboy Braille Edition; Transatlantic sub-marine cables reaching ashore and much more. Enthralling images, slingshots…