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Moscow's metro stations are the most beautiful ones I've seen.
On the Moscow Metro, taking the subway is akin to walking through a national heritage site.
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The Indian Spy Who Fell for Tibet

Sent by Britain to carry out a secret survey, Sarat Chandra Das became enchanted instead.


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"You really got a sense of speed. I remember thinking, ‘There goes Africa’ as we were whipping across the continent."

"To get a little philosophical, when the capsule came to rest, the window was pointed down at the ground. I saw a rock, a flower and a blade of grass. And I’m thinking, ‘I’m home.’ But then I realized I was home, but it was Kazakhstan. One thing going to space did for me was redefine home. At that moment, it wasn’t just in Houston with my family – home was Earth."
 
If you ask retired NASA astronaut Ron Garan which he prefers for reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, the Soyuz or the Shuttle - he has flown both - he will tell you the latter, and without hesitation. Why? Because the Soyuz return trip, as he puts it, “is like going over [...]
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Watched a documentary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that was shown on Discovery yesterday, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the disaster. It’s based heavily on Richard Feynman’s What Do You Care What Other People Think?, and it primarily follows Feynman’s investigation as part of the Rogers Commission.

In general, I am not a big fan of dramatized reenactments; this one too had some overly dramatized moments, but I enjoyed it overall. 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/12/the-challenger.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9938616/The-Challenger-BBC-Two-review.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT7Yx5kxYco
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Edited excerpts from a speech delivered by mathematician and Fields medallist Manjul Bhargava on January 2, 2016 at the Madras Sanskrit College
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Saint-Exupéry's original illustrations for The Little Prince.
“The Little Prince will shine upon children with a sidewise gleam. It will strike them in some place that is not the mind and glow there until the time comes for them to comprehend it.”
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Anyone can make amazing and ethereal music from a seemingly infinite tech catalogue that gets better and better with every passing year
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From the article: "By the summer of 2017, many [satellite startups] promise daily or more-than-daily refresh rates. Within a few years, hundreds of Earth-observing satellites could float above the planet [...]"
Thanks to a small group of Silicon Valley’s satellite startups, we may never look at our planet again the same way.
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In this reply to a question on Quora, +Venkatesh Rao  nicely captures something that I think pegs me as an intermediate level reader.

”People who read maybe one book every four/five months (again assuming it isn't just genre fiction or the current bestseller) tend to have too much reverence for books to do this effectively. They lend books an authority that heavy readers don’t.”

https://www.quora.com/Do-book-lovers-look-down-on-non-readers/answers/886844
Answer: Somebody recently said that reading books has now once again become a very specialized activity, the way it once was. I didn't like the argument initially. After all, reading a 50,000-word book doesn't seem like it needs any different skills compared to reading a 300-word news article. ...
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A couple of Space Shuttle related links…

[1] The first is a talk about the two big Shuttle disasters — Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003. In both cases, both the vehicle and crew were tragically lost.

The speaker Stephen Carver talks about the immediate technical causes, as well as the broader organizational issues like poor communication, a culture of mistrust at NASA, and the tendency of management to ignore or deliberately shut out bad news. Although there is quite a bit of hyperbole here, the talk is extremely engaging and I highly recommend it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyrRoKN_kvg

Some of the issues he talks about go back to the very dawn of NASA and the dominating style of the early leaders. This goes to show how much of the cultural DNA of an organization is defined by early leaders; this is especially evident (at least to me) in software companies where you often see that the star programmers that everyone looks up to also set the unwritten standards for code quality, and even things like collaboration and mutual respect — I have certainly noticed this in Google’s engineering environment.

[2] While talking about the Columbia disaster, the speaker hints at a possible rescue mission. If you remember the event, the orbiter suffered some damage during the launch, but it made it into orbit and the crew carried out their mission; it was only on re-entry two weeks later that the Shuttle broke apart. The committee investigating the accident considered into whether a rescue mission was possible, and they said that it was indeed possible but that it was “high risk”. This arstechnica article goes into some detail of what such a rescue mission would have entailed, and it sounds ridiculously audacious!

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/the-audacious-rescue-plan-that-might-have-saved-space-shuttle-columbia/

#SpaceShuttle   #Shuttle   #Challenger   #Columbia  
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30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
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Lovely depiction of village life in Maharashtra.
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Excellent Masala Dosa. Very clean. Very inexpensive. It's almost always crowded, but the queues move quickly. You'd probably have to eat standing as there is very limited seating space.
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Always crowded, but it's clean and they serve very good food.
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