Monthly Archives: June 2012

What Goans live for. Goa‘s poet laureate, the late Bakibab Borkar said it best1: Please Sir, God of Death Don’t make it my turn today, not today There’s fish curry for dinner. ([1] Great Goans by Mario Cabral e Sa and Lourdes Bravo Da Costa, N.N.A.P. Publications, 1991.) The Goan term for fish curry is […]

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Inventor of the microprocessor. In 1971, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, a technological feat that (understatement alert) changed the world. What the fractional horsepower motor did to the Industrial Revolution, the microprocessor did to the ongoing digital revolution. The original architecture of the microprocessor was conceived by Marcian “Ted” Hoff, […]

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A pioneer in Fibre Optics. In the early 1950s, a young Indian from Punjab, Narinder Singh Kapany, then a graduate student in the Physics Department at Imperial College in London, developed a bundle of fibres suitable for low-loss optical transmission. This key advance lead to a flowering of an entire new field of technology known […]

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The sage of Silicon Valley. The legendary computer scientist and professor at Stanford University, Donald Knuth, has spent his entire intellectual life searching for patterns in theoretical computer science, making fundamental contributions in a wide range of topics, and then clarifying them in his magnum opus, The Art of Computer Programming, work on which began […]

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The Canon TS-E 17mm lens, introduced in 2009, has proven itself to be a magnificent wide-angle optic, with stellar corner-to-corner performance. However, from the perspective of a landscape photographer, it has one shortcoming: a protruding bulbous front element that does not admit filters. A German photographer recently came up with a solution that uses the […]

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