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Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. - Jules Renard 

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What will India's innovation and booming economy mean for Americans?


| posted by raj @ 8:08 PM

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Math Trek: From Counting to Writing, Science News Online, March 11, 2006

Math Trek: From Counting to Writing, Science News Online, March 11, 2006: "Although other scholars tend to agree that Sumerian tokens could have been devices for keeping track of goods, some argue that writing was a largely independent development. These skeptics insist that there's little evidence that cuneiform writing arose directly out of a token-based accounting system. Moreover, it's likely that writing developed independently in different parts of the world—in Mesopotamia, in the Indus River valley, and in Egypt—with each region producing its own unique form of expression for its own purpose.

In response, Schmandt-Besserat contends that she has strong archaeological evidence—thousands of tokens and hundreds of clay envelopes and early tablets—to support her theory.

Schmandt-Besserat is now exploring how the development of writing influenced art by providing a way of presenting stories on vases and other surfaces. Before writing, the patterns were largely geometric; after writing, there was narrative, she says.

At the same time, art influenced writing, helping it shift from a mundane accounting tool to an evocative form of expression, beginning as a way to preserve the names of deceased members of a family."

| posted by Rajan @ 8:57 PM

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Matrix Ping-pong video


[Thanks Lad]

| posted by Ramki @ 4:06 PM

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Raang De Basanti...........

Three days ago, aerospace engineer Tanmay Rajpurohit, who passed out of IIT Bombay and Georgia Tech, Atlanta, also a postgraduate in Economics from New York University, decided to have his fledgling party Lok Paritran, comprising a bunch of highly educated spirited youth, take the plunge into Assembly elections...


| posted by raj @ 11:52 AM

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Using India's poor as guinea pigs

Big pharmas have a billion people vying to be part of clinical trials of untested drugs. Areas known only for snakes and heat now have good hospitals after the government passed a law allowing the drug testing and advertised its "treatment naive" patients. By Jennifer Kahn from Wired magazine.

| posted by Ramki @ 10:58 PM

Saturday, March 04, 2006

India Rising....News week by Fareed Zakaria

Every year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, there's a star. Not a person but a country. One country impresses the gathering of global leaders because of a particularly smart Finance minister or a compelling tale of reform or even a glamorous gala. This year there was no contest. In the decade that I've been going to Davos, no country has captured the imagination of the conference and dominated the conversation as India in 2006.........

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