Saravanan Manickanainar

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Is Theoretical Physics Wasting Our Best Living Minds On Nonsense?

The history of physics is filled with great ideas that you’ve heard of, like the Standard Model, the Big Bang, General Relativity, and so on. But it’s also filled with brilliant ideas that you probably haven’t heard of, like the Sakata Model, Technicolor theory, the Steady State Model, and Plasma …

Physics

The gig economy is coming for your office job — here's how it works for companies doing it already

LONDON — The gig economy will be mainstream in the office within the next five years and life for employees is set to "fundamentally change," a CEO who works with 30% of the Fortune 100 told Business Insider.<p>The way that companies employ office workers today is outdated and "insane" in light of new …

Gig Economy

The Inconvenient Mummy Haunting Iran

When the mummified body of Reza Shah popped up by accident it carried a message but not one that a lot of people in Tehran, or the U.S. and Britain, …

Urban dwellers will like the sound of these noise-canceling windows

One of the joys of living in the countryside must surely be pushing open the windows each morning to allow the soothing sounds of birdsong to float …

How to recover your precious data from a seemingly-dead computer

And possibly bring it back to life.<p>You push the power switch to turn on your computer...and nothing happens. Even in this worst-case scenario, you can work through a number of troubleshooting options—so don't panic yet.<p>When your desktop or laptop refuses to start, that means either the hardware or …

Operating Systems

The 12 gripping science fiction and fantasy novels you need to check out this May

This month’s picks include stories about AI, interstellar warfare, and a world without prisons<p>A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Slate’s podcast <i>Slow Burn</i>, an engrossing dive into the Watergate scandal that eventually prompted President Richard Nixon to resign. The series prompted me to pick up a …

Defend your house against ants—with science

No thanks, ants. No thants.<p>We’re finally starting to move away from that awful transition period when the weather can’t quite decide if it’s winter or spring. Now that warmer days have arrived, we can look forward to budding flowers...and an onslaught of ants.<p>These little crawlers are lying in wait …

Insects

13 Hiking Trails That Are Some Of The Most Dangerous In America

<b>Hiking is a pastime which is suitable for almost anyone, and it’s good exercise! From gentle walks to dangerous trails, people with all levels of</b> …

This Illegal Hike in Hawaii Is Nicknamed the "Stairway to Heaven" For Good Reason

One of Hawaii's most epic hikes, known as the Haiku Stairs, is famous for its stunning views and illegal climb. Despite being a steep 3,922-step hike …

Hiking

Helpful Infographics Visualize Complex Branches of Math and Science

It's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity and complexity of …

10 mighty mountains that (almost) anyone can summit

The world’s tallest mountain (Everest) is probably out of your reach unless you have mountaineering experience and a cool $50,000 to spare. But you can still summit some pretty impressive peaks around the world with nothing more than willpower and a decent level of fitness.<p><b>Mount Fuji, Japan</b><p>Mount …

How Metals are Made

The following is an article from <i>Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader</i>.<p>(Image credit: Virginia State Parks)<p><i>Do you have a ring on your finger? Is</i> …

The 13 New Thrillers Goodreads Users Are Most Excited About This Spring

Spring is officially here, even if it doesn't feel like it in most of the United States quite yet. But if you can't physically beat the cold, you can …

14 best American whiskies

The vastness of America, both in terms of geography and its taste for whiskey, means that there is a great, diverse array of spirits available. So, …

Whiskey

Mesh networking for the Internet of Things

Particle Mesh: The New Internet, for the Internet of Things<p>Particle Mesh creates local networks that collect data, share messages, and connect to the …

How To Store Your Garlic & Onions So They Last For Months!

For all of you who buy garlic and onions in a great amount and end up throwing it all up because it has gone bad before you get the chance to eat it, …

How To: Configure Port Forwarding to Create Internet-Connected Services

Ports allow network and internet-connected devices to interact using specified channels. While servers with dedicated IP addresses can connect …

Linux

Radical dimensions

Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it’s 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality?<i>By Margaret Wertheim</i>Read …

Physics

Mathematicians Second-Guess Centuries-Old Fluid Equations

The Navier-Stokes equations capture in a few succinct terms one of the most ubiquitous features of the physical world: the flow of fluids. The …

16 of the Strangest Unsolved Mysteries of All Time

1 of 18<p>Photo: Shutterstock<p>1. The Incident at Dyatlov Pass<p>On the first night of February 1959, nine ski-hikers died mysteriously in the mountains of …

This Simple Animation Answers Everything About How A Clutch Works

Many of us have a basic idea of what our car’s clutch does, but still find all the teeth and springs confusing when we actually look at one out of …

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

The 8 Most Underrated TED Talks That Defined 2017

From listening to your gut to a heartwarming plea from Pope Francis, this was our year in TED.<p>Every day, somewhere in the world, it is likely there is a TED or TEDx event going on. This speaks to the power of a brand that has flourished for more than 30 years, providing thought-provoking talks on …

How To: Use SSH Local Port Forwarding to Pivot into Restricted Networks

SSH is a powerful tool with more uses than simply logging into a server. This protocol, which stands for Secure Shell, provides X11 forwarding, port …

Bill Gates has read nearly all 37 books by this scientist — here are 7 of his favorites

This pick should come as no surprise — Gates has not been shy about his admiration of Smil's work. On his Gates Notes blog, he said he had read nearly all of Smil's 37 books, most of which delve into topics like food production, energy, public policy, and the environment.<p>"The truth is, I'd read …

Bill Gates

Humble lets engineers swipe right to their dream job

In many ways, it’s a great time to be a software engineer. Pay is high — typically in the six figures and on very rare occasion, reportedly much more. Engineers can increasingly live and work wherever they want, too. But demand for software engineers has turned into a nightmare for many developers …

Assessment Thoughts: A few past thoughts relevant for today?

Last month I posted the following tweet.<p>If we value problem-solving, deep thinking, grit, joyful exploration, creativity, and [the] confident play of …