Monthly Archives: September 2015

What you need to know about latest ISRO mission

AstroSat - An Indian Eye in the Sky

AstroSat at lab before it was launched into the space. Source: isro.gov.in

If ever media is using phrases such as ‘Another feather in the cap’ or ‘India’s pride’, one can assure themselves that they are speaking about ISRO. Indian Space Agency is awesome and they have proven their magnificence yet again with ‘textbook launch’ (yet another phrase synonymous with ISRO) of a satellite they have christened AstroSat from Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Now, everyone will be familiar that AstroSat is not just another satellite that ISRO’s most reliable launch vehicle PSLV is putting into orbit; it is India’s first Space Observatory.

The 180 crores project propelled ISRO into being one of the select few organizations with their own observatories in space. Not even China has one. ISRO have had profound missions like Mangalyaan and Chandrayaan before, but all of them were technology demonstration basically. What is so special about this mission is that, with AstroSat, ISRO puts Space Research back into Indian Space Research Organization. Continue reading

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Myth of Sanskrit being most suitable language for Computers

My father once tried to get me to learn Sanskrit. He tried to persuade me by telling how great is this bhasha, how almost all modern Indian languages can be traced to Sanskrit. Obstinate as I was, never heeded to this productive proposal of his. Though a matter that always made me think is one thing he said in an attempt to convince me. ‘Sanskrit has been established as the best language for computer programming’.

I soon found out this was not just my father’s claim, its a well accepted claim in our society. Most of the people when they go into ‘proud Indian mode’, one of the first thing they say is Sanskrit being accepted as the best computer programming language. Ah! Now, that’s a tall claim. I gladly agreed with you on your argument that Sanskrit is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious language. But as a programming language, let me elaborate why this claim is unfounded. Continue reading

Natural Selection over an Intelligent Design

When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution, it was dismissed outright by some of the then leading scientists. But after years of research in field of genetics, biology, zoology and paleontology; Evolution as a fact is established beyond any doubt. So, It is actually a bit farcical that even after so many years, some people still categorize Evolution as an absurd fabricated myth. I did have a friend in my college who told me that my brain wasn’t evolved if I believed in Evolution. He argued strongly that evolution is just a theory and I am closing my eyes and refusing to see the truth that is ‘The Intelligent design’. (Most of his opinions came from a bearded mullah who provides unscientific proofs and quotes non-existent people to put forward his argument). There are news reports everyday which gives credibility to Evolution and here was an engineering student, who is so convinced in his faith so much so that even I was skeptical about evolution for a time being.

What drives them to believe their version is the ultimate truth is not my area of interest. However, I would just want to clarify these people on the actual truth. Evolution is a fact. Continue reading