Series on Earth’s History

Over the past few months, I’ve been writing a series of articles for theWire.in about the Earth’s natural and geological history. Big History is something I am terribly interested in and this seemed perfect to write about. I’ll continue updating this piece as I write more. But for now, here...

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Generic life updates + notes for self

If you’re one of the possibly three people who check this place regularly, you might have noticed that I have been AWOL for a while. I have a host of reasons for this, with the primary one being my doing writing elsewhere and the prime one simply being lack...

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Twelve Days of Space Christmas

After SpaceX managed to successfully land the first stage back today for the first time, I was tweeting about what a great year for space it has been. Then, when Twitter user @_logik suggested I do a Twelve Days of Space Christmas song, I immediately jumped on it! And...

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The Story of Man’s Best Friend

I had been meaning to write about the domestication and evolution of dogs for a while now. As I was sitting on that thought, a splendid Quora question popped up: Why was dog the first animal to be domesticated? Naturally, I dropped my blog post idea and switched to...

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Most Recognizable Symbols on the Planet

I pondered a bit on how to interpret the word ‘symbol’ – is it a gesture, is it a logo, is it a physical representation (like the AIDS ribbon)? I wasn’t sure, so I put in all of them. GESTURESV for VictoryThis symbol is universally known for victory, peace, and...

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Calendars: history and heliocentricism

The Calendar is a wonderful piece of human innovation. Not only is it so accurate that it calculates, to seconds, the revolution of Earth around the Sun, it is also a testament to some of the greatest minds in history. However, it is a bit of a paradox in...

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A Day on Europa

I put my imagination to a little exercise and tried to picture what a day on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, would be like. Let’s pretend we’ve landed on Europa. The following is a simple description of a day, without going into too many details. Diurnal  measurements: A day on any...

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The Great Elevator Brigade

As someone who takes the elevator up to the tenth floor everyday, I have to say, people milling around elevators are a source of great exasperation. This is not because of the waiting you have to do with them around, but because the deep lack of logic in an...

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The Misinformed Sanskrit Legacy

Is Sanskrit the oldest language in the world? Is Sanskrit the most scientifically accurate, programmable language in the world? You answered correct if you said no to both the questions. I’m sure every Indian has met someone or read somewhere that Sanskrit is the oldest language in the world,...

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