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On Physicists and the law: how society has misplaced its views of science and its community

While I have often said that the community of physicists works for the common gaining of knowledge and to derive infinite mental pleasure out of that, I have also asserted that little is done towards blindly implementing it—that is what engineers are for: the Engineering – this is where the semi-skilled workers realize the work […]

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Spotting New Horizons

On January the 19th 2006, NASA launched a celebrated robotic spacecraft at a whopping 16.25 km/s (Earth-relative) velocity towards what was then the very last member of our solar system, Pluto. The spacecraft, quite aptly named New Horizons, is scheduled to fly by the dwarf planet by the 14th of July, 2015 and then continue towards […]

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Astronomy lecture-workshop — Day 3

I still do not know why somebody said ‘All good things end,’ but they did and they did. Today was the last day of the Astronomy lecture-workshop hosted by Yuvaraja’s College, Mysore and convened by the Science Academies of India. If you have not read them already, you can see what happened on the first day, […]

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Astronomy lecture-workshop — Day 2

Today I attended the second day of the Science Academies’ lecture-workshop on astrophysics. Continuing from yesterday (you can read the update here), Professors G Srinivasan and Biman Nath gave their last lectures for this event. And two new speakers, Prof Uday Shankar, a radio astronomer at the Raman Research Institute and Dr Sreekumar, an ex-NASA […]

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Astronomy lecture-workshop — Day 1

As one of my three-part series on the The Science Academies’ three-day lecture workshop on astronomy—which I am attending presently—here are the proceedings of the inaugural first day. The Science Academies The three day workshop focusing on undergraduate and graduate students of physics was convened by Dr R Srinivasan, a Fellow of The Science Academies—an […]

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Jokes physicists crack — with strings attached

I’m an aspiring physicist. I don;t stand jokes cracked about my kind. And we don;t often crack anything we end up on the wrong end of (no pun intended.) But every now and then the layman would love a sip of all those jokes the physics community shares so I decided to put up ten […]

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15 of the best quotes from The Big Bang Theory

  The 15 conversations/quotes I have listed below are among my many personal favourites. If you have any of your own, do share them below! 1. Sheldon: I made tea. Leonard: I don’t want tea. Sheldon: I didn’t make tea for you. This is my tea. Leonard: Then why are you telling me? Sheldon: It’s a conversation starter. Leonard: That’s […]

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I’m too pretty to do math?

Recently, a magnet became available on forever21.com with the statement ‘I’m too pretty to do math’. After the company received complaints, they removed the magnet from their website. It’s pretty disgraceful that Forever 21 would sell a magnet that perpetuates such a ridiculous stereotype. Forever 21 is a stylish clothing outfitter who sells mainly to […]

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