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দুর্দান্ত এবং মর্মস্পর্শী লেখা। মন ছুঁয়ে গেল, এবং সেটা শুধুই বিষয়ের সংবেদনশীলতার জন্য নয়। সাধু, সাধু। লেখক কে নমস্কার।
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আজ রাত্রেই মেয়েটি জন্মায়। গোকুলে ও গোপনে। তার মা তখন প্রসব-পীড়ায় অচেতন। কিছুক্ষণ পর যমুনার ওপার থেকে একটি লোক আসে। নিজের সদ্যোজাত ছেলেটিকে গচ্ছিত রেখে চুপিচুপি মেয়েটিকে তুলে নেয়। মায়ের মুখটি ভাল করে দেখার আগেই জন্মের মতো পরিবা...
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As a Bengali, having grown up on a steady dose of Rabindrasangeet, I should be hating this video, which many would undoubtedly consider an irreverent take on the celebrated poet's song. The thing is, I don't hate it. It sure makes me uncomfortable, because I am not used to seeing movie stars lustfully undulating their bodies to the tune of Rabindrasangeet. But that discomfort does not trump the fact that this video is well made. The body movements have been well co-ordinated with the rhythmic accompaniment (albeit a tad harshly exaggerated) to the song; the few glimpses of lip-sync attempted seem to have worked out rather well, too. Well done.

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Have any of you checked this out yet? They are positioning themselves to be "Anti-Facebook". (I know, I know... Anyone remembers Diaspora?) They are currently invitation only, like those early days of Gmail - and someone reported that invitations are being sold on eBay for $100!! Amongst its users, there are some concerns about its lack of privacy controls and security, but apparently those features would be added in time. 

cc +Sourabh Banerjee, who brought me to Twitter, and if I remember correctly, nudged me towards Facebook; +Qbradley Witover , who helped me sign up for my first ever Gmail account.
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Seriously important PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT for US-based folks: this comes via the Corporate Security Department of my University, who have learnt from law enforcement sources that cellphones are being targeted in a new “missed call phone scam.”

If you receive a missed call from an unknown number showing certain area codes:
•    268
•    284
•    473
•    809
•    876
Your phone may have been targeted. DO NOT call the number back.

Scammers use an autodialer to call your cellphone, then hang up after one ring. The scam phone number then shows up as a missed call on your phone. If you call the number back, you will be connected to a pay-by-minute phone line—usually an adult entertainment service—that will charge $9 or more per minute directly to your cellphone bill. Since these numbers are based overseas, you may also be charged a steep international call fee.
 
Always be suspicious of missed calls from numbers you don't know—especially if they don't leave a voicemail. The Better Business Bureau warns that missed calls from the the above mentioned area codes are known to be involved in the scam.

If you think you may have been victimized by the scam, report it immediately to the carrier and keep an eye on future cellphone bills. Document the day, time and number received, along with the day and time the call was returned and any additional or pertinent information.

Please be vigilant.
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That is quite possible, I guess. For the time being though, we have been warned about cellphones only.

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Another brilliant science essay by one of my most favorite science writers, Ed Yong. This demonstrates the concept of episodic memory in invertebrates. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/09/cuttlefish-remember-what-where-and-when-they-ate/
You and I both have the ability to travel back in time… at least in our minds. For example, I can remember that last Monday, I was at my desk, writing a post about stomachless animals. You too have...
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My report on the recent outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the US.
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Thanks! Will definitely be more careful with buying, prepping, and cooking. Very informative.

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Since April 1, 2015, a total of 11 cases of human plague have been reported in residents of six US states; via CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm64e0825a1.htm?s_cid=mm64e0825a1_e)
 
In that context, a replug of my 3-part posts on Plague, the disease, and the bacterial agent that causes it.
1. http://www.scilogs.com/in_scientio_veritas/yersinia-pestis-persistent-bug/
2. http://www.scilogs.com/in_scientio_veritas/plague-epidemics-human-history/
3. http://www.scilogs.com/in_scientio_veritas/yersinia-pestis-role-in-plague-pandemics/
The first known use of the noun ‘plague’ occurred in the 14th century, according to The Merriam-Webster. The word has Latin, Old High German and Greek roots
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Oh, such a lovely voice! This is a well-made video, too. Perhaps it is also important to point out that Ms. Majmudar won the 2008 Amul Star Voice of India at the age of 15.

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Highlighting interesting tuberculosis research work from India.
Every year on March 24, World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is observed to commemorate the discovery of the etiological agent of this disease, the bacterium Mycobacteri
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Exciting science! Oncolytic Viruses, an emerging anti-tumor therapeutic modality - my take on a recent PLOS Pathogens review. As usual, please comment after the blog if you can.
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PSA: Yesterday, it was announced that a botnet that commanded and controlled databases of user credentials for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP and others was discovered. In plainspeak, it means that your email IDs and passwords for various accounts may have been compromised. Do go to this website: http://haveibeenpwned.com/
and check if your email ID has been compromised. If you use any of these services (and chances are that you do), please immediately change your passwords for them. More detail via +ZDNet here: http://www.zdnet.com/how-to-find-out-if-your-password-has-been-stolen-7000023990/
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Thanks Kausik!

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We read this amazing story last year, and now it's on video, narrated by the fortunate man himself. Touching, very touching.
Last year, we heard the amazing story of Saroo Brierley, the Indian "lost child" who used Google Earth to find his way home after 25 years. This stirring video produced by Google features Brierley telling the story in his own words. It's pretty crushing.
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Wow...just wow.
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