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Archives for October, 2008

Somini Sengupta writes about the recent religion incited violence in Orissa at NY Times. A Bajrang Dal leader offers an explanation that is the veneer on the surface of the violent brand of nationalism based on religious identity that’s the trademark of the saffron brigade: Given a chance to explain the recent violence, Subash Chauhan,…

While LHC recovers

While LHC recovers from it’s starting jitters, give a read to a learned article on it by B. Ananthanarayan.

Shape as disease

I want to point you to a fascinating write-up by Mo at Neurophilosophy. It is about renegade proteins (proteins are long chains of molecules vital to life) that recruit other well-behaved ones into a sinister and fatal plot to pulp animal brains (including humans). These kind of proteins – called Prions – have been implicated…

Gandhi

Photo via Speigel. When I was about 15 or 16, I read Gandhi’s autobiography. I clearly remember how much his simplicity and honesty impressed me. Later while in college, I re-read it and as young men are wont to do, stopped eating meat for seven years – as a sort of pledge of allegiance to…

Scifi Contest Update

The contest is now closed. We’ve received 34 stories this year which, I think, is more than last two years. My thanks for all the authors who have participated. I have so far read three stories in the order I received them and have written out feedback for them. Authors can expect feedback and request…