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Archives for May, 2007

Cows in Grand Canyon

I was reading New Scientist and flipped through to the Last Word column to find this question: How long would it take an average cow to fill the Grand Canyon with milk? Bob from New York city answers thus: It all depends upon the size of the tanker truck the cow chooses to drive, the…

Inner Life of a Cell

Courtesy of BioVisions at Harvard University. [link via Scientia Natura. Thanks Janny]. Beautifully done. After watching the video I wondered if I could get some explanations on what I saw. I vaguely recognised in the video the cellular machinery that build and dismantle all the cell structures. Perhaps, someone at Harvard could explain? Well, of…

Indians and Science blogs

Arunn has collected thoughts from folks who could talk science but do not do so. He concludes with the question “Is science blogging in India yet to have its time?” Hop over and make your point. Come back and read the below in leisure. Every week I do a search to find science blogs by…

Ten dollar computer?

TOI has a story about the Indian government preparing to create a ten dollar computer. [via /.] No details about the hardware, software. I am all for cheap computers that have some prabablility of becoming real. But what the heck is this? A joke?

Surrogate mothers in India

A BBC News Video I saw yesterday. A growing number of Indian women are being used as egg donors and surrogate mothers The motivations are clear. For many childless couples surrogacy is one clear option (the other is adoption). For the poor women who agree to be surrogate mothers, it is a way out of…

A two year old kid runs about, trips and crashes to the floor. She is in pain and starts crying. The adults console her saying, “Uh..oh, now, now, don’t cry.. you hurt yourself.. come on..”. As an adult, when you hurt yourself, the unwritten rule is: you should not compain. (In other words, you were…

Darwinism isn’t depressing

Robert Wright who runs Bloggingheads.tv writes Darwinism isn’t depressing in IHT: …survival machines are unfairly maligned. The name suggests, well, machines devoted to their survival. In truth, though, natural selection builds machines devoted ultimately to the survival of their genes, not themselves. Hence love. A love-impelled grandparent sacrifices her life to save a child’s life.…

Indian Express reports: To crack down on sex-selection facilities offered on the Net, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to block websites providing access to such facilities and even search engines like Google from highlighting these sites. Gender imbalance is a looming problem in…

It emerged from behind the overflowing garbage bin at the street corner: a two-headed eight-legged mammalian apparition. It hobbled clumsily into the middle of the street: Evolution’s artless rendering of two naked dogs copulating; Fluffy’s underprevileged brother. “Why are they joined at the hip?”, the shopkeeper across the street wondered. “Why can’t the erection happen…