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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Jump in the Water Tank!

Why wouldn’t they believe me when I said we had to get out of there NOW? The house was on the inner circle, the firing squad was sure to come by any minute. We could already hear the the copters above, loud. Once the gas was gone, the firing...

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Mrs. Sims. Six years later.

I wrote something about someone a long time ago, which could probably be termed a violation of her privacy. My feeble defense at the time was that I explicitly told her I would write about her, changed her name, and hardly anyone knew whom I was talking about. Thinking...

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