Category Archives: Science

Waves in the sky. Named after the two great men of science who made pioneering contributions to Fluid Dynamics, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is observed in a wide range of phenomena both on Earth and beyond. For instance, the Red Spot of Jupiter, the Sun’s corona and the bands of Saturn. These Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds were seen […]

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Connecting with the Cosmos. On April 1 and 2, NASA hosted an event to celebrate 50 years of its Deep Space Network (DSN). I was lucky to be part of a pool of 50 drawn from all over the USA to participate in this event. On Day 1 we were given a tour of the […]

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Engineer, Applied Mathematician, Entrepreneur, and Teacher extraordinaire. [Update: November 20, 2014 – Professor Kailath was honoured with the National Medal of Science for 2014 by President Obama at a White House ceremony this morning.] Professor Thomas Kailath, doyen of Communication Engineering and Information Theory, is currently the Hitachi America Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Stanford […]

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Continued from Part 1. Following the photographs are three short videos, the last of which reveals the unbelievable colours coating the inner wall of the crater.     The elevator platform looked well-engineered and deploys the safety braking mechanism found in all cable elevators. (Thank you, Elisha Otis.) Sound safety procedures were followed including securing […]

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Close to Reykjavík, Iceland, amid the bleak but hauntingly beautiful lavascape of the Reykjanes peninsula, lies the trio of peaks Þríhnjúkagígar (Thrihnjukagigar, which translates to ‘three peaks craters’). What distinguishes this crater that has lain dormant for 4000 years is its allowance for a vertical descent into its magma chamber. Following several years of study […]

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