Siddhant Khandelwal

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Nadella's Bid To Fix Microsoft: What Ballmer Didn't Dare

When Satya Nadella settled into the U.S. at age 20, he had a problem. The Indian emigre wanted a master’s in computer science as fast as possible, so he could dash into America’s booming tech sector. But cash was tight and his undergraduate preparation, back in Mangalore, was patchy. In 1988 …

The mysteries of 'lucid' dreaming

One of our most mysterious and intriguing states of consciousness is the dream. We lose consciousness when we enter the deep waters of sleep, only to regain it as we emerge into a series of uncanny private realities. These air pockets of inner experience have been difficult for psychologists to …

Why Google isn't growing | Gadgets Now

Google CEO Larry Page can be forgiven for being in a bad mood this weekend. On his company's Q1 2014 earnings call, his people delivered what he …

Google

How I Moved Away From The Mac After Leaving Apple

After nearly 20 years, one of the first things I did upon leaving Apple in July 2004 was to have my area associate—who was still an Apple employee—order me an employee-discounted 15″ aluminum PowerBook. It was a natural thing.<p>Apple products began populating my desk starting in the summer of 1982 …

The ideal gas law – why bubbles expand if you heat them

Think of a cake. When you put it in the oven, it starts off at a particular volume and then, an hour later, it has risen to perhaps double its size. It is obvious what has happened – the air bubbles that you have carefully folded into the mixture during the preparation and the little bubbles of …

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?<p>The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a …

Quantum Mechanics

Asking the right questions

Science is a progression of answering good questions and the British Science Association is pushing inquiring young minds to come up with the sort that can make a room go quiet<p>It was French philosopher Claude Lévi-Strauss who once said: "The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he …

Snowflake

Beautifully clear and detailed image of a single snowflake, by Joshua Nowicki Photoography<p>Josh wrote:<p>So far the best photo I have taken of a …

Particles

The Woman Who Could Write, But Couldn't Read

A recent stroke left one 40-year-old woman with some unusual symptoms.<p>One morning, a kindergarten teacher was about to take attendance for her class when she realized she couldn't read the paper in her hands. She tried looking over her lesson plans, but like the attendance sheet, they seemed to be …

Employment

The Top 8 Robot Stories Of 2013

Will the robots be our friends or our overlords? With robots learning how to love and imagine, the day of reckoning is getting closer.<p>Editor’s Note<p>Want more of our best stories of 2013? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Top Stories Of The Year<br>• Infographics<br>• …

Robotics

FYI: Do Fat People Stay Warmer Than Thin People?

Pack on some extra pounds for winter<p>At the yearly Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia, participants often smear their bodies with animal fat for insulation against the 70-degree water. But their own body fat also helps to keep them warm, like an extra layer of clothing beneath the skin. When …

U.S. Army

The Truth About Gingers