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Archives for February, 2008


You may have seen the WIRED interview with Psychologist Philip Zimbardo and the mind-numbing pictures of torture linked there. A recent New Scientist interview of Darius Rejali( more, his book) is a necessary read on how torture deeply breaks both the sufferer and the torturer. Part of the NS interview: Why is torture so hard…

That thing called blogging

A comprehensive and very readable post by Coturnix. In other news, blogging will be slow for some more days till I get back on schedule on some personal matters.

Science for everyone

Not Exactly Rocket Science. A delicious science blog by science writer Ed Yong, now at

Physics is like

Physics is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it. – R P Feynman [more] Part of a beebs program where Feynman talks of physics and more.

God’s own glue

An article in National Geographic about the search that’s to begin at LHC for the particle responsible for gravity – a.k.a God particle, god’s own glue, etc. Lickable pictures – a NatGeo speciality – to gawk at. In Our Time podcast on Parallel Universes. I am posting this with my legs in one, head in…

Telling stories: Language and narratives

Why is this so important. Chris Abani, an extraordinary Nigerian novelist who published his first story at the age of 16 ( he was imprisoned by Nigerian government for it), at a TED talk.

Beirut – St Apollonia

Holy business of hair

Hair is one of nature’s most amazing inventions. It is one of the toughest and lightest of materials. Even if it is harvested from the heads of unsuspecting believers, it does not diminish in value, especially in the eyes a resourceful businessman. Speigel reports: Balsara hasn’t been in the business long. He studied business management…

The Letter Writer of Mumbai

The Letter Writer of Mumbai. A reminder of how technology makes the past obsolete.

Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain

An FT article: Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain, the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston yesterday heard. Neuroscientists said many children growing up in very poor families with low social status experience unhealthy levels of stress hormones, which impair their neural development. That effect is on top of any…