Monday, March 16, 2015

Travel Inside a Black Hole

Space, Time, Stars, Galaxies, the Universe... all have fascinated us at some point in time, and this begins right in our childhood. The recent movie Interstellar - a spectacular one - brought the intrigue of these dimensions well to enthrall thousands.

In keeping with the theme for that, surely one has wondered what it might be like to travel into a black hole. Well, thanks to the movie, and the folks at Curiosity.com, here's a short lesson. Enjoy the journey!




Sunday, March 1, 2015

[TED] Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats

Excerpt:
"Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals — and their quest to save the big cats from human threats."

The footage is stunning, and is the result of years of being out there. It's definitely anyone who cares for nature must watch.


(Source: TED)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

How optical illusions trick your brain

Optical illusions (like the one alongside) are cleverly made images that trick our minds into seeing something completely different from what it is.

How, or why does this happen? If you're curious, check out this short and informative video from TED-ed.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

[TED] Learning Chinese Easily (Basics)

Chinese (and other close oriental cultures) have rich fascinating history and culture. But, what's also very interesting is their language - the written character, that is. 

Well, probably by some others, it is fascinating to understand and figure out how to read and make sense of these creative and artistically crafted symbols.

A short, lovely glimpse into this by TED speaker ShaoLan Hsueh provides a wonderful 'insight' into this in this short talk.




(Source: TED)

Friday, January 2, 2015

[Infographic] The Internet is affecting kids

Although the global penetration of Internet on the entire planet still leaves a lot to accomplish, and Facebook and Google are making strides in that direction, this technological phenomenon is engulfing hundreds every moment of the day today.

From newborns/toddlers to adults, the Internet has and is becoming a way of life, a way to live. While there's many parts to the whole picture and it may be argued either ways, whether the majority are using it productively enough, one fact that cannot be discounted is that it has a bearing on our minds, and our thinking. And what more significance than how the future generation of youngsters will face the world.

However, while social scientists are analyzing the effects and impacts of such things on the populace, a potentially concerning truth is beginning to emerge about these aspects. The infographic below illustrates this and is worth drawing caution to the same. We may still have time to take preventive and/or corrective measures to prevent long-term effects. Let's not forget what will make humans humans.


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