July 21, 2013
ISRO, Mangalyaan, Mars, Science and Technology, Space Exploration
Every time the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announces a new outer space mission, a cry is raised—from a segment typically identified only as “critics”—about the “unaffordability” of such missions for a “poor” country like India. Here is a typical example:
Critics of the Indian Mars mission wondered whether the country can afford huge costs for this space voyage.
As usual the critics are not identified, and the criticism is in terms of a fuzzy notion of “huge” costs. (Un)fortunately for the critics, a simple check of publicly available statistics would have been enough to allay fears of unaffordability.
July 14, 2012
Dawkinsia Singhala, by Rohan Pethiyagoda.
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A Portable Network Graphics (PNG) version of Rohan Pethiyagoda’s fascinating photograph.
March 26, 2012
“It is not that we shouldn’t believe in fairies. It is just that we shouldn’t be satisfied with such mundane ones.
From the web comic Calamities of Nature, for March 12, 2012.
December 22, 2011
Although I have been a sporadic visitor to Kavita Kosh for quite sometime now, it was only today that I noticed their “motto”: मा निषाद प्रतिष्ठाम. Now it turns out I knew just enough Sanskrit to be completely mystified by this; since it translates to “O hunter, may you never be deemed honorable”. Why would a poetry collection have this curse as a motto? A quick Google Search was in order.