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The Reality of Quantum Weirdness  leads one to ponder the Vedas!

""This is poignantly and elegantly expressed in the Vedas: “As is the atom, so is the universe; as is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm; as is the human body, so is the cosmic body; as is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind.” 

#sciencesunday   #quantummechanics   #vedas  
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With the promotion of +Sundar Pichai it is remarkable that 3 of the top 8 executives of the so-called L-Team (Larry's Team) that runs Google, are from the  IITs : 

Amit Singhal (IIT Roorkee '89),
Sridhar Ramaswamy (IIT Madras '89)
and Sundar Pichai (IIT Kharagpur '93)

Also see this article from the IITian :

Sources said the company co-founder has told staff that he wants to focus on the "bigger picture" at the tech giant.
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After five weeks, nine phases, and more than 550 million votes, today is Counting Day in India—the world’s largest democracy. Visit our elections portal for all the live results as India’s next Lok Sabha is announced.
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The 20 Second Workout!

Don't have 20 minutes for exercise? How about  _just 20 seconds_?  
I know it sounds crazy but Dr. Mosley presents some compelling evidence that done correctly  even a 20 second High Intensity workout may have tangible benefits! 
In an age of instant gratification where we want everything fast, from fast food to fast fashion, we expect the same from our workouts. There was the seven-minute workout. Then the four-minute workout. But what if you could burn fat and be healthier even faster? Enter the 20-second workout. It may not be the most [...]
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Newton's College Notebook 

This is truly fascinating - allows us a peek into the early thinking of one of the greatest scientific minds of all time...

"This small notebook was probably used by Newton from about 1664 to 1665. It contains notes from his reading on mathematics and geometry, showing particularly the influence of John Wallis and René Descartes. It also provides evidence of the development of Newton’s own mathematical thinking, including his study of infinite series and development of binomial theorem, the evolution of the differential calculus, and its application to the problem of quadratures and integration..."

Great job by Cambridge University in digitizing and making it public..

#sciencesunday   #newton  
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The Richest 85 people in the world have the same amount of wealth as 3.5 billion people! 

That is 85 people compared with 3.5 billion.

A new report from Oxfam has been published in time for the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

It also shows the world's richest 85 people control about $1.7 trillion in wealth, equivalent to the bottom half of the world's population.
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+Arvind Gautam Yes, doing great - thanks for checking :)  
Just been tied up with some other stuff - severely limiting my forays into G+  / twitter :( 
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Got a Minute? Let’s Work Out

Just one minute of intense exercise was sufficient to improve fitness. 
There is really no excuse now for not exercising! 

Although clearly more than a minute would be more helpful! 

From the article : 

"The men and women had increased their endurance capacity by an average of 12 percent, a significant improvement. They also, as a group, had healthier blood pressures and higher levels within their muscles of certain biochemical substances that increase the number and activity of mitochondria." 

#exercise   #hiit
Just a single minute of high-intensity exercise in a 10-minute workout can improve your fitness level, research showed.
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Pretty amazing feat indeed!  I
I think Alan Eustace followed Larry Page's advice on "having a healthy disregard for the impossible!" 
I knew I had high performing people working for me.  But breaking the sound barrier falling in a space suit from a 135,890 foot high balloon ride this morning?  Thanks +Alan Eustace!
A helium-filled balloon lifted Mr. Eustace to 135,908 feet. Fifteen minutes after he cut himself loose using a small explosive device, he was on the ground.
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India begins giant general election
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Yes it does. "Ab ki baar Modi sarkaar " had been so rampant on WhatsApp, FB and Twitter!
Is almost BO style campaigning!

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How Inmarsat tracked down MH370 

"Meanwhile, Inmarsat's engineers carried out further analysis of the pings and came up with a much more detailed Doppler effect model for the northern and southern paths. By comparing these models with the movement of other aircraft on similar routes, they were able to establish an "extraordinary matching" between Inmarsat's predicted path to the south and the readings that it got from other planes...." 

The British company that provided vital information on MH370’s whereabouts explains its calculations
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Facebook to buy Whatsapp for $16 billon 

This is pretty amazing for Whatsapp.  A missed opportunity for Google? (many of us have been saying they should have snapped up Whatsapp   a lot sooner :  cc: +Abhijit Dhakne ) .

In a comment on Hacker News many are saying Facebook paid too much : Whatsapp has 400 Million Users  so at   $16 Billion  - this works out to approx  : $40 / User.  

In a response to that comment I said: 

"It is pretty amazing that this is precisely what Microsoft paid for Hotmail in 1998 : $400 million for 10 million users = $40 / User. [1] 

The parallels are striking : Whatsapp is to messaging today what
Hotmail was to messaging in the late '90s."


Some more thoughts about why Facebook is buying Whatsapp
(also posted on Hacker News) 

In my view, and based on my own experience, Whatsapp is being used as a light-weight social network built around messaging and optimized for mobile phones. In fact, I share a lot more stuff with friends and family on Whatsapp  - including pictures/videos/messages - than I do on Facebook.

The more Whatsapp satisifies my sharing needs, the less I use Facebook. And that is a competitive threat to Facebook. Instagram was similar - a light-weight social network built around photo-sharing.

I think Zuckerberg is a deeply strategic thinker trying to avoid the pitfalls of the "Innovator's Dilemma".  Both Instagram and Whatsapp are classic examples of what is described in Innovator's Dilemma - light-weight products that can slowly eat into the market share of the incumbent, and ultimately displace it.
Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16B in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12B in Facebook..
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Here is a non-paywalled article with more details :

Apparently Larry Page was not only willing to outbid FB but also assured that Whatsapp could stay independent. 
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Whoa, #Dropbox has been hacked! 
"BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the @Dropbox Website #hacked #compromised"
Popular backup service, Dropbox, is offline and the hacktivist contingent, Anonymous, is claiming credit. "BREAKING NEWS: We have just compromised the..
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Confirmed! It is a hoax. 
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Web & technology executive. Interested in ideas, insights, innovation, strategy, science, technology, trends. Always learning!

I am a technology executive andI am interested in many things but post mainly on G+ about: technology, startups, innovation, science, education, trends,  and big ideas that can change the world.  

I have been on Google+ from the very first day it was launched and have really loved the  great community and interactions here. In fact,  I have been an early evangelist of G+ and hav  made a few bold predictions about it (here 8 Reasons Why Google+ Could beat Facebook in the Long Term  - the jury is still out on it though and time alone will tell) 

I may also have accidentally discovered what could well be one of the earliest Google+ hacks  to go viral (how to use G+ to save/bookmark your favorite posts for later reading):

If you care to learn more do check out  my blog ,    follow me on Twitter,   or connect with  me on Linked In,  or on Quora .  I hope to see you in my circles :) 

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Discoverer of the first Google+ Hack to go viral!
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