Complexity is in the eye of the beholder

by Aditi Mishra – Have you ever stolen a glance or sneaked a peek? If yes; you owe a thanks to your primate heritage. It takes less than a heartbeat for a primate to discriminate – literally. In 1996 Simon Thorpe found that mere 20 ms are enough for humans to determine whether an image has animals or not. The…

TEDxChennai

Here are some photos and a copy of the talk Shannon gave at TEDxChennai on March 11, 2018.  Here we discuss the Virtual Reality system Pavan Kumar Kaushik has built to help us understand decision making in insects.

Eating Granny’s Hair: A bit of Kitchen Science from a Kannadiga Pushcart

by Pavan Kaushik – As a kid from the 90’s, my evenings were spent waiting for the ting-ting-ting of the bells of pushcart vendors. They used to sell ice lollies (flavored sugar syrup which is frozen in long cylindrical plastic wrappers) and bhel puri (puffed rice flavored with spices, onions, tomatoes and some crunchies). But my favorite vendor was the…

Ethics in Science

by Srishti Batra – By the dictionary definition, ethics is “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity”. From a young age, we are taught importance of ethics and morals in our life for better living and the general good of society. We are taught not cheat others, but we all know that cheaters do exist…