• Theatre Review

    Hanuman by Shraddha

    Shraddha, the Tamil theatre group have been running their new play “Hanuman” for last few days. Today was the last day in Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet and I didn’t miss it. The 90 minutes play “Hanuman” is a new genre for Tamil play, its story happens in Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the time of a failed rocket launch (wasting Rs.400 Crores) to a successful launch of a  indigenous cryogenic rocket. Hanuman was written and directed by V. Sreevathson, who also has played the main character of ISRO Chairman Dr.Lakshman. The reusable Rocket (Hanuman) was  build by sheer determination of the scientists after months of hard work  against all…

  • Lounge

    Little known life forms

    Last week “The Economist” in its Intelligent life feature carried an interesting article titled “Some like it very hot”. It talks about extremophiles. Wikipedia defines them as “organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth”. This biological category was discovered only 40 years back. We seem to think, as the Human race we know everything to know about Planet Earth’s life forms and what’s left is to explore life on other planets like Mars. But the truth is that our last 200 years of scientific progress covers the surface land we will in, we know little about marine creatures living in…

  • Lifestyle

    Placebo is better than Drugs?

    On June 15th, 2011 issue of Bhavan’s Journal I read this article  “Placebo is better than Drugs” by Dr B.M.Hegde. The first thing I had to do was to do a Wiki search to learn what Placebo meant, it means “simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition”. Dr Hegde is a well-known Cardiology specialist with numerous degrees and awards to his credit – his website lists 3 pages of numerous credentials here. He has written many books including  “What Doctors Don’t Get To Study At Medical School”. The article…

  • Lounge

    Research positions at Mile Lab, IISc, Bangalore

    Today Prof.A.G. Ramakrishnan from IISc, Bangalore posted an announcement in INFITT discussion group announcing openings for BE Graduates for Research Positions at Mile Lab, IISc, Bangalore. This caught my eye as the project described was exciting one involving software applications for visually challenged.  I am giving a link in this post to the announcement for the benefit of graduates inclined towards research who will find this position interesting. MILE Laboratory at Indian Institute of Science is actively involved in developing an automated book reader for the visually challenged. This research involves image mosaicing, page layout analysis, script recognition, speech synthesis and natural language processing. You can read the announcement from…

  • Gadgets

    Indian Tricolour Placed on the Moon

    Yesterday was a proud moment for all Indians.It was the placing of Indian tricolour on the Moon’s surface on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday.  The Indian flag was painted on the sides of Moon Impact Probe (seen above), one of the 11 payloads of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, that successfully hit the lunar surface today at 20:31 hrs (8:31 pm) IST. This is the first Indian built object to reach the surface of the moon. The modern Indian space programme was initiated in 1962 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India. I have been reading in some sections of media where critics are arguing against spending for space programs in…