Lakshman Rajagopal

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Tesla is experiencing its first major identity crisis

But Tesla has never experienced a true <i>identity</i> crisis.<p>It is now.<p>The question for Elon Musk and his team to ask isn't, "Will we make it?" but rather, "What are we all about?"<p>Driving this identity crisis is the recent news that a driver was killed in May when his Tesla Model S running the Autopilot …

Sterilised at 20: the Indian women seeking permanent contraceptive solutions

After India’s mass sterilisation programmes, the procedure is still controversial. But some women are keen – and don’t want their men to share the pain<p>Three days after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Susheela* is in the operating theatre. Her procedure will take only 10 minutes. A small scar …

India

Researchers draft the first comprehensive tree of life

It's very poetic to talk about a tree of life, where every species can trace its roots, but actually <i>illustrating</i> this tree is no mean feat when Earth has been home to at least 2.3 million known species. However, scientists have finally given it a shot. They've published the first draft of a …

Duke University

18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World

Including some disturbing news for America.<p>BuzzFeed is attempting to track down and embed all the original creators featured in this article. Please contact tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

Google’s New Logo Is Its Biggest Update In 16 Years

Google has a new logo that ditches the old serif look, and reacts to you in all contexts.<p>You will very soon notice that Google has a new logo that’s sleeker, brighter, and for the first time, animated. And then, you probably won’t notice it at all.<p>It’s been a long time since the Google we know has …

Graphic Design

The Promise Of 5G

The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, entertainment and applications, many of us cannot remember a time when we weren’t dependent on our …

Internet of Things

Captaincy: why authenticity matters

In the hare-and-tortoise comparison of Clarke and Cook, we must not lose sight of the fact that one man's methods are not necessarily better than the …

Photos Released of Bush Administration After 9/11 Attacks: Pictures

Terrorism

The First Battle Fought Only in the Sky Began 75 Years Ago

The Battle of Britain changed war, and the world, forever.<p>On July 10, 1940, a German pilot spotted a convoy of British fighter planes and radioed base. Luftwaffe commander Colonel Johannes Fink replied with a single word: "Destroy!"<p>Soon, 70 German planes were flying in. The Royal Air Force …

Eagle Films Flight From World’s Tallest Building, Sets Record [Video]

The Bird Khalifa<p>For a brief moment, there was an eagle on top of the world. With a camera strapped to its back and a gentle release, the eagle swooped down from the tallest point on the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and in minutes landed on the hand of its falconer, on the ground.<p>Made …

If you remember this story, another memory will die off

Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories<p>Remembering makes us forget as the process of recall actually causes people to lose other memories, a study has found.<p>Researchers at Birmingham University and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit …

Alzheimer's Disease

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing "awry" wrong all through her …

Wellcome image awards 2014: life in extreme close-up - in pictures

Beautiful, strange and occasionally alarming pictures from the shortlist for this year’s Wellcome image awards – which celebrate the very best in science photography and imaging – from an x-ray of a bat to a micrograph of a kidney stone. The exhibition opens on 12 March at three science centres and …