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Archives for May, 2007

Large Hadron Collider

A three minute video at NY Times of LHC, the particle accelerator in Switzerland. The video starts with the question “what’s mass”, and briefly describes what’s at stake: fundamental nature of our world and a handful of nobel prizes.

Read a New Yorker essay on Atheists with Attitude by Anthony Gottlieb where books by Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens are reviewed. Religious belief is as diverse as the number of living species in amazon, many of them, I am sure, are yet to be discovered and evolving rapidly. It is impossible for a book to…

Imitation hedgehog

I visited the medieval monstrosity a few days back. Some pictures here. D H Lawrence called it “an imitation hedgehog of a cathedral”. Mark Twain went all wobbly on knees, “What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!” Whatever the Duomo is or is…

Reuters story. A Hindu group in Wales are fighting to save the life of a bull they believe is sacred from slaughter after it tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. Followers at the Skanda Vale Hindu temple in the western Welsh town of Llanpumsaint, Carmarthen, are considering forming a human chain in an attempt to save…

Language trivia

Shit or get off the potty. In Shakespeare’s words, “sink or swim”. Henry IV. Kiss my arse. Comes from Goethe’s play Götz von Berlichingen. The original words: “Er kann mich im Arsche lecken”. He can lick my arse. English accents. Listen in.

The secret revealed at Technology Review.

I was trying to view a tamil magazine website. The scrawny bouncers at the door of Sloppy Coders Paradise stop me with a message: “Use Internet Explorer only please”. Huh, my firefox fingers bristle at the affront. Still I am not unduely surprised. I was aware the website was probably the work of a web…

Perth’s Water Crisis

A news story at BBC on the Australian city of Perth. The Australian of the year 2007, environmentalist Tim Flannery, once predicted that Perth in Western Australia could become the world’s first ghost metropolis, its population forced to abandon the city due to lack of water. … People consume a lot of energy. It is…

What’s Human

A soldier could take no more of the plight of a robot getting blown up by bombs and pulling itself with one leg forward. [via] The question “What’s human” will be redefined one day in the far future. Today is not that day however much we would like it to be. The harware and software…

Panta Rei

Panta Rei? Sounds like Greek, you say. In fact, it is greek. Panta Rei means “everything flows” in Greek, explain Arunn and Lakshmi. It’s a party where science flows free, like beer. Join the the party. Please divert all beer to the Chemical Sciences Special edition to be hosted at nonoscience on the 14th of…