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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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There may be a ninth planet that's most planet-y of them all.
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Visit Oktoberfest, Vegas and the airport in one quick trip. Explore Miniatur Wunderland on Google Maps #MiniView. #GoogleMaps goo.gl/1Ls23d
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"This is one of the great mysteries: for instance, how did the padas of Jayadev relate to the contemporary patikams of the Tamil country? Tagore wondered about this. As we zero in on close connections between Marathi abhangs, Gujarati padas, Hindi pads, and Telugu padams, the mystery becomes more palpable: how did these close echoes between different language streams get formed in historical time? Yet there it is: it did happen — the handful of verses in each pada, the presence of rhyme and metre, the vocal register, and very importantly the name of the poet as a “seal” at the end. The fact that different languages could in this way talk the same language is a wonder. And the fact that different individuals with different regional and social associations could be named there adds masala to this single metrical, musical form. Yet the individuals we think we intone here — Surdas, Mirabai, Namdev, Poykai, Kabir — are often individuals in a very weak sense. Rather, they are themselves Bhakti movements, with many poet-singers contributing their own musical and poetic ideas to the great stream under the name of the poet-saint in question."
Professor of Religion at Barnard College, Columbia University, John Stratton Hawley has written/edited 18 books, many of which track the religious tradition of north India. His latest offering,
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Unix-like operating system written as a Literate Program.

#LiterateProgram #Knuth
Author, Title, Language. Early work (before the i386 port). [1], Felix C. Freiling: Betriebssysteme, Lecture slides of the operating systems course, University of Mannheim, 2008, archived version of the slides. German. [2], Ralf Hund: The Ulix CPU, Seminar Paper, University of Mannheim, ...
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Dick Van Dyke being surprised with a flash mob on his 90th birthday!

They should have included some songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...
 
Fans Perform a Coordinated Dance From ‘Mary Poppins’ For Dick Van Dyke on His 90th Birthday
This past Saturday, a talented group of fans calling themselves the “Mary Mobsters” dressed as chimney sweeps and performed a coordinated dance from the classic Disney musical Mary Popp…
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30 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
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Lovely article about Saturn, its rings and its moons.
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/a-major-correction/422514/

If this leaves you fascinated, also go and listen to last week's In Our Time episode about Saturn.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vmr1m



We recently published an article naming Jupiter “the best planet.” As everyone knows, Saturn is the best planet. We regret the error.
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Live through the moments of the first moon landing. Very well done!

http://www.firstmenonthemoon.com/
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"Japan Railways was getting ready to shut the station down for good—until they noticed that it was still being used every day by the high-schooler. So they decided to keep the station open for her until she graduates."
 
This train station in #Japan stays open so one girl can go to school. http://bit.ly/1VSfpy7
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In Our Time episode on Michael Faraday.
 
Michael Faraday

Although he came from a relatively humble background, without the advantages usually needed to succeed in Britain's class-ridden society, Michael Faraday rose from the son of a Yorkshire blacksmith to become one of the most preeminent scientists of his time. As an apprentice he gained manual skills from learning the art of binding books and scientific knowledge from reading them, including chemistry from the popular science writer Jane Marcet. He became an assistant at +The Royal Institution where he discovered much about electricity and magnetism including the principle of electricity generation from moving magnets that we still use today, even in our most sophisticated power plants.

During his life he became the most famous scientist in Britain and he played a key role in founding the Royal Institution's Christmas lectures which continue today.

More and listen here (stream, download MP3, or podcast): http://goo.gl/F5WHqq

Also check their list of additional resources.

These should be available online worldwide without restriction. They are easiest to play on a computer (with Flash*) although they will work on iOS (with or without the iPlayer app) and once the BBC media player http://goo.gl/oHuhfM is installed, they will work on Android too.
 
*There is now a beta for the HTML5 radio player.  It can be activated here: http://goo.gl/Ag30aB

Christmas Lectures (watch): http://goo.gl/IuPamy

I've posted a few here: https://goo.gl/iP0NNi

Image: PD https://goo.gl/KtYnQ0
Portrait of Faraday in his late thirties
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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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