The Scientific Indian

Archives for December, 2007

How a man’s penis got so big

No, no, it wasn’t caused by any of the modern marvels to counter erectile dysfunction, it was biological evolution ensuring good sex and the consequences thereof, says Dr Bowman. A report at Press Esc: “As the diameter of the bony pelvis increased over time to permit passage of an infant with a larger cranium, the…

Getting published

Great post at Neil Gaiman’s journal on getting an agent (via reddit). Covers much more ground than just agents. Read up. I liked these best: There is no substitute for writing a book that people want to buy and read. If you can do that, you can get published. If you can’t, no clever workaround…

Astonishing story at Beebs. They share an easy intimacy that belies the fact that identical twins Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein spent their first 35 years in total ignorance of the other’s existence. They were given up for adoption to separate families as part of an experiment in the US to discover how identical twins…

Measuring the world is a novel by the young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann who has been hailed as one of the most promising new generation of writers. This novel is the first to be translated into english (by Carol Brown Janeway) and has become a international sensation. The novel examines the themes of Genius and…

From The Independent: Three Florida fruit-pickers, held captive and brutalised by their employer for more than a year, finally broke free of their bonds by punching their way through the ventilator hatch of the van in which they were imprisoned. Once outside, they dashed for freedom. When they found sanctuary one recent Sunday morning, all…

Shakespeare on having children

Coincidentally, I read two contrasting poems on the same day: Shakespeare’s sonnet in the Oxford book and Philip Larkin in The Nation’s Favourite Twentieth Century Poems. Shakespeare’s famous 12th sonnet that urges us to procreate When I do count the clock that tells the time, And see the brave day sunk in hideous night; When…

How we named our daughter Nidhi Nova

We needed a secular name. Some day, I hope considerations like secular names would be irrelevant. But, this is not that day. As a parent, I did not wish my child to bear a name that leans on blind faith. What’s in a name, we wondered at times, as we ruled out name after name…

Our baby girl!

Nidhi Nova was born on 7th Dec early morning after a marathon labor (24 hrs) when she and her mother tried to negotiate the rites of passage. In the end, Nidhi had to be operated out as her head was turned improperly disallowing natural birth. Mother and daughter are fine. You can expect a series…

Duelling Robots

Love it! Worthy successors for The Black Knight.

2007 TheScian Scifi Story Contest Results!

Hooray! After days of anticipation, they are finally out! First Prize – A Story in Blue by J Ramanand Joint Second Prize – Call of the Running Tide by Anita Murthy Joint Second Prize – The Going Got Tough by Dr Shantala Congratulations to the winners! A few words on the stories. Ramanand’s story is…