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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The Martian — short book review

I haven’t read many books this year I would describe as ‘unputdownable’, except The Martian, by Andy Weir. The premise of the story (which is revealed in the very first page) is an astronaut accidentally taken for dead and stranded on Mars, and his fight to survive against all...

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