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Archives for January, 2010

Headscarf ruins a basketball game

You may know that a while ago the swiss voted to ban any new minarets from being built. And now comes this. A local court in Switzerland has upheld a basketball headscarf ban. From the beebs: A Muslim woman has failed to overturn a ban stopping her from wearing a headscarf during league basketball matches…

Entangled terminology leads to confusion

“Brain ‘entanglement’ could explain memories”[New Scientist] is a bit of a hyperbolic title. Oh, what’s in a title, you ask. Quite a lot. For instance, you can be mislead into thinking that there is a connection between quantum entanglement and the phenomenon of human memory. Aforementioned New Scientist article co-opts quantum mechanics terms for a…

Why do Snow and Cloud look the same

Chesnut School Lane, Amersham. A few days back when England was covered in a bit of snow, an image on the television screen caught my eye. An aerial camera was showing a highway from above–for a moment the snow covered trees and houses looked like they were engulfed in thick white clouds. Snow looks like…

Temple Stampede in India

14 Jan 2010. Seven die in India temple festival stampede Previous stampedes. Sep 30, 2008. Atleast 100 dead at Chamunda Devi temple in the city of Jodhpur. August 3. 140 dead. 40 children. Stampede at the Nainadevi temple, Himachal Pradesh. July. 6 dead. Stampede at Jagannath temple, Orissa. March. 10 dead. Stampede at temple, Madhya…

Einstein explains his religion

I am reading “Einstein, a life”, by Denis Brian. The book is remarkable–a two decade long labor of great love and reading. Quoted in the book is a dinner conversation where Einstein is asked about his religion by someone at the dinner: “What?” exclaimed Kerr. “It isn’t possible! I must ask him right away. Professor!…

Does Snow alter Sound?

Seems it does. I hear a distinct change of sound outside now that there is a lot of snow covering up things.