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Sunday evening at Lalbagh.
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"I don't want to know."
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Extinct Giant Insects Rediscovered and Rescued!

Even if you are grossed out by the picture, the story is wonderful -- that is if you like science, adventure, and people's desire to help non-human animals.

#science   #conservation   #entomology   #insects   #discovery  

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/02/24/147367644/six-legged-giant-finds-secret-hideaway-hides-for-80-years 
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island stick insects.
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Indian food is something of an anomaly, but not for the reasons you might think.
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Doctors working to fight Ebola in West Africa must wear full body suits, gloves, and masks in 90-degree weather. They also work with limited resources — one important, but laborious aspect of...
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Interesting discussion on the role of Empathy as a guide to morality. The first half of the programme actually makes a case against empathy, suggesting that empathic people might be less motivated to do the right thing.
Empathy is the emotion du jour. But can it do more harm than good?
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Even in the best possible scenario, air traffic control will not be able to track every airplane with GPS before 2020. For the foreseeable future, if you purchase Wi-Fi in coach, you're pretty much better off than the pilot.
On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years. He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him.
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Listened to two very enjoyable podcast episodes recently...

Flying the Harrier
This is an interview with two ex-Marines who fly the Harrier jump-jet. One of them owns the only privately owned Harrier!
As a kid I had this big picture book on science and technology, and it had a two-page feature on the Harrier with a labeled picture that pointed out the nozzles and described its vertical take-off and landing ability. Listening to this podcast brought back those memories and I ended up binge-watching Harrier videos on YouTube.
http://omegataupodcast.net/2014/05/148-flying-the-harrier/

Flying the Concorde
An interview with a British pilot who flew Concorde for 15 years. What a fantastic plane, and what a pity it won't fly anymore! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see Concorde up-close and even go inside the cabin -- this was the one displayed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
http://omegataupodcast.net/2015/02/166-flying-the-concorde/

Both these podcasts are a good two hours long, and go into a lot of technical details of the design and operation of the airplanes. These pilots obviously love the aircraft they fly, and it shows.

The podcast itself seems to be quite excellent. It covers all kinds of science and engineering related topics, many of them on aviation. Each episode is around two hours long, which gives enough room to go into details. I have listened to three episodes so far (the two above and one on Analog Computing), and all three of them were very good. I look forward to listening to all the older episodes (the ones in English anyway -- the episodes are either in German or English).
http://omegataupodcast.net/
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Journalists a century ago certainly knew how to write with style. This one is from 1873.

 
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Long article on the pallet industry. What is a pallet?

There are approximately two billion wooden shipping pallets in the United States. They are in the holds of tractor-trailers, transporting Honey Nut Cheerios and oysters and penicillin and just about any other product you can think of: sweaters, copper wire, lab mice, and so on. They are piled up behind supermarkets, out back, near the loading dock. They are at construction sites, on sidewalks, in the trash, in your neighbor’s basement. They are stacked in warehouses and coursing their way through the bowels of factories.

The magic of these pallets is the magic of abstraction. Take any object you like, pile it onto a pallet, and it becomes, simply, a “unit load”—standardized, cubical, and ideally suited to being scooped up by the tines of a forklift. This allows your Cheerios and your oysters to be whisked through the supply chain with great efficiency; the gains are so impressive, in fact, that many experts consider the pallet to be the most important materials-handling innovation of the twentieth century.

Who knew it was such a competitive and ugly business?

“They decided they were going to put me out of business,” Mock told me. “They had spies, they hired detectives, and had them sit and watch my trucks, and when I was coming and going. They had guys that would come out and sit in the woods. We caught the guys coming out of the woods. Then they flew over with a helicopter.”
CHEP depot at Port Adelaide, Australia. Photo copyright Laszlo Bilki. There are approximately two billion wooden shipping pallets in the United States.1 They are in the holds of tractor-trailers, transporting Honey Nut Cheerios and oysters and penicillin and just about any other product you can ...
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Here's an interesting story on the history and innovation in the pallet industry . http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/06/11/320642426/episode-454-the-blue-pallet
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The restaurant in the hotel has a bit of the old world charm.
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Very good, if you like Andhra food. Not too spicy. We tried the regular meal on two occasions and loved it.
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Cozy little rooftop cafe. Great atmosphere. Loved their potato wedges! Check out the handicrafts and clothes from North-East India on the ground floor before you head up for a cuppa coffee.
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Good food, a tad on the spicier side. Excellent and prompt service. They have separate sections in the menu for Punjabi and Rajasthani food. The restaurant is on the terrace, but it's not that much of a view. It is right on 100ft road, but it's a bit difficult to spot -- look out for a sign on the roof of the building, to your left as you head towards Old Madras Road.
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