Look at the map provided in that story? India could make a lot of money just being an efficient transit into and out of China via Kolkata. It could also be a good bargaining chip to resolve our border issues. Full story here: http://t.co/ZfyApZ6G2w //shared image sourced from this tweet: https://twitter.com/conradhackett/status/506641627364872192
Being a regular pedestrian and public transport user, the state of our road is an area of concern. A leading cause of death, it seems not even the death of a Union Minister is enough to wake us up!
Ananya Vajpeyi on saving Sanskrit.
Sanskrit must be taken back from the clutches of Hindu supremacists, bigots, believers in brahmin exclusivity, misogynists, Islamophobes and a variety of other wrong-headed characters on the right, whose colossal ambition to control India’s vast intellectual legacy is only matched by their abysmal ignorance of what it means and how it works.
Comet Siding Spring will be at Mars in October where American and European spacecrafts are preparing for the encounter. If successful, an Indian and American spacecraft will join this family of spacecrafts. Sadly, information on how India expects to make use of this opportunity is non existent in the public sphere.
I love scientific explanation that is fashioned in this way. Tell of a practical experience and then explain the science behind the same. I’ve seen no one explain these things as well as Doc Searls does. Here he explains tropospheric bending.
A lovely travelogue on off-beat travel. This is the loveliest one I’ve read so far on her blog.
A lovely little essay that looks at our brain’s perception of time.
In a recent merger of a poor performing co-operative bank, Amanath Co-operative bank, the bank’s losses were recovered from the depositors rather than taken onto the books of bank that was taking over the operations viz Canara Bank. How safe is your money above the ₹1 lakh currently offered protection in any bank?
This is a lovely little story worth telling again and again. Saw very little coverage of it in the Indian press after the spacecraft’s reboot. Read this for the entire story.
If you can appreciate the complexity at this level, imagine the complexity at the levels below this and the horror of standardising data therein. If you read the archives of the datameet mailing list you can see the discussions around data of villages, towns and cities and the complexities surrounding them. Who will work towards standardising them?