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Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

So, wife asked me what’s with connectedness of the stuff in this world, synchronicity and such. Well, there is much to say. Let’s take this, for instance: Place the picture of a BZ reaction snapshot and a CMB picture side by side. One is a chemical reaction in a small dish, the other is a…

Vigorous Scrubbing, the musical

I find myself scrubbing (my own person, that is, please read on) vigorously without being aware only to realize later that I am listening to a fast-paced music while bathing. Most of you would have experienced the connection between music and pace of physical action. Amateur observations made while listening to music during bathing, driving…

Some day, Google will google itself

Here’s the thing about Google Instant: it’s a rather nifty thing but that’s not what is important. What is crucial is the introduction of ‘a new kind of “conversational” search interaction’. So, now you can talk to the search engine. Microsoft tried this paradigm some years ago, I think, with some eminently forgettable avatar character…

What is Heat

A seemingly simple question. It’s what a hot or cold body–any body, for that matter–has. And, the perfectly valid answer. But, Nature, as we have learnt over the course of humanity’s scientific discoveries, is like an onion without a core, it’s layers all the way. So, after we peel the question what-is-heat another layer reveals…

Plug Computer

Plug Computer Every hackers dream (certainly my dream, in any case) is a dozen of these chugging away quietly in the basement, in the living room, in the bathroom, in the car, in the bike… providing all the services that make living a thrill. What services, you ask. Let’s see. Here’s a few I can…

We really don’t know

The story so far: We really don’t know much. This being from a very very smart person (she’s the most cited physicist?), I look forward to an exciting future in physics.

P vs NP

Am sure many of you are following the latest developments [Geomblog , Lipton] with interest. P vs NP is one of The Millennium Problems. Here’s a neat explanation of the problem with the use of Minesweeper game.

Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace was a great traveller, observer, collector and naturalist who lived at the same time as Darwin. He sent Darwin his thoughts on evolution of species after extensive observations around the world, especially in and around Borneo. This accelarated Darwin to publish his conclusions on origin of species along with Wallace’s. What struck…

A bit of hot sun heading our way

Here’s the NASA briefing. And a video: Saw a couple of news sites deciding to headline this variously as: Sun unleashes stuff on earth, Sun declares war on earth (ok, I made that up), etc. If these headlines are indications of our self-importance, then we can surmise that the work of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin,…

The Genius of Ibn al-Haytham

Genius penetrates this world well and a humbled genius penetrates even better. Professor Jim Al-Khalili programme on BBC4 “Science and Islam” was an eye-opener for me, especially the details of the life of ibn al-Haytham, a medieval genius. The opening sentence of this post alludes to the fact that he thought he could tame the…