Sunday, May 31, 2015

2015 May - Interesting Articles & Links


* On GMOs - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/opinion/sunday/how-i-got-converted-to-gmo-food.html?_r=1

* Intelligent jokes -- http://www.storypick.com/19-intelligent-jokes/

* On periods - https://mythrispeaks.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/unearthing-menstrual-wisdom-why-we-dont-go-to-the-temple/

* Explained - Heat waves in India - http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/05/economist-explains-33

* Himalayas - a drone's view - Treton Sports - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hTVNidxg2s

* Ms. Abe in #India - the face of #Japan’s global engagement #DelhiMetro #TunnelEngineering - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-28/jealous-mountain-goddesses-can-t-scare-this-gutsy-groundbreaker

* Five thins your Resume should convey -- http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2015/01/14/five-things-your-resume-must-convey-in-ten-seconds/

* Technies in rural Japan - http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/with-rural-japan-shrinking-and-aging-a-small-town-seeks-to-stem-the-trend/2015/05/26/3dac3d90-fa8a-11e4-a47c-e56f4db884ed_story.html
- Kominka - ??? ?????? (n) old Japanese-style house
- http://www.plat-ease.co.jp/

* TB: India study confirms Xpert diagnostic test's superiority -- http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/tb-india-study-confirms-xpert-diagnostic-tests-superiority/article7252044.ece
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* Weak Yen - good news & bad news -- http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/05/27/weak-yen-good-news-and-bad-news/

* Indian Elite in USA -- http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21651331-india-should-make-more-valuable-asset-abroad-worldwide-web
- Remittances - $70 billion a year to their home country, more than any other group of expats. That adds up to 3.5% of India’s GDP, outstripping foreign direct investment.
- 91,000 Indian-born people with PhDs are now living in America

* Pritish Nandy - The Invisible Middle-class -- http://www.mumbaimirror.com/columns/columnists/pritish-nandy/The-invisible-middle-class/articleshow/47435906.cms

* Infrastructure: Asia's new battleground (Amitendu Palit, FE, 27May15) -- http://www.financialexpress.com/article/fe-columnist/column-infrastructure-asias-new-battleground/76599/
- China's overseas FDI is becoming larger than inbound FDI
- China's $40b Silk Road Fund -- AIIB $100b investment
- Japan's $110b for building infra in Asia

* Japan - Transfer Pricing Disputes - http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-japan-to-resolve-transfer-pricing-disputes-115052700057_1.html
- Royalty, tax dues, profitability of trading houses, and the commission paid

* J Robeiro in IE again - Strong and Small - http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/strong-and-small/

* Jumpa Lahiri on voluntary exile in Spain -- http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3b188aec-f8bf-11e4-be00-00144feab7de.html#axzz3bD2jreBO

* Brilliant - Warplanes and counter-intuitive design -- http://www.outlookindia.com/article/a-world-war--ii-puzzle/294404

* Risk-taking: Yes, you can. But should you?  -- http://www.foundingfuel.com/column/ask-bagchi/the-difference-between-taking-a-risk-and-risky-behaviour

* Why I dont want my child to be a doctor in India -- http://qz.com/406682/why-i-will-never-allow-my-child-to-become-a-doctor-in-india/

* Five Indian Journalists to follow -- http://www.gqindia.com/get-smart/personalities/5-indian-journalists-you-should-be-following-gq-india

* Masturbation - Health Benenits - http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/happy-news-masturbation-actually-has-health-benefits

* Squatting is better - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/18/truth-about-poo-doing-it-wrong-giulia-enders-squatting

* The limits of meritocracy -- http://imgur.com/gallery/h82vC

* Malcom Gladwell on the surprising upside of being a loser -- http://www.wired.com/2015/05/geeks-guide-malcolm-gladwell/

* Shaadi.com - calculate your dowry -- http://www.shaadicares.org/calculate-dowry/

* Maggi - India's favorite comfort food - http://scroll.in/article/701437/how-maggi-became-indias-favourite-comfort-food

* Daughter of the Meiji Samurai in USA - http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/05/20/daughters-of-the-samurai-sheds-light-on-a-strange-chapter-in-u-s-japanese-history/

* Labnol - best sites to learn coding - http://www.labnol.org/internet/learn-coding-online/28537/

* HowIndiaLives - data visualization - http://www.howindialives.com/hilchart_commonsearch_state.php
- JohnRaja - http://www.johnraja.com/

* Why the Rajputs failed miserably -- http://scroll.in/article/728636/what-our-textbooks-dont-tell-us-why-the-rajputs-failed-miserably-in-battle-for-centuries

* Tips to get more for less from air travel (20May15, Hindu - Pradip Jayaram) - http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/here-are-a-few-tricks-to-get-more-for-less-from-air-travel/article7224273.ece

* Follow-up on the "I am 20" documentary -- http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/places/samanth-subramanian/midnights-grown-ups?page=full

* Nepal quake - media was part of the problem - http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-nepal-the-ax-is-more-useful-than-the-pen/
* #NepalQuake - An unnatural disaster -- http://www.ekantipur.com/2015/05/11/oped/an-unnatural-disaster/405080.html
* Nepal before and after the quake -- http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/06/magazine/06Mag-Everest.html?smid=tw-nytimesscience&_r=0
* Nepal quake - helicopters rescuing only foreigners -- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3068327/Boulders-size-vans-hit-Nepal-trekking-village-quake.html


* The spectre of Anuna Shanbaug --- http://thewire.in/2015/05/18/the-spectre-of-aruna-shanbaug/

* 7 Habits of Likable People -- http://www.fastcompany.com/3046228/seven-habits-of-likable-people

* Tushaar Shah - Lessons from MP's bumper harvest - http://www.financialexpress.com/article/fe-columnist/mp-lessons-for-bumper-agricultural-growth/73810/

* New GSK Shingles Vaccine may challenge Merck after strong test data (YahooNews 18Dec14) - http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/18/gsk-shingles-idUSL6N0U23MY20141218

* Visvanathan, Shiv (18May15, Hindu) - The Commodification of Violence - http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-commodification-of-violence/article7216730.ece

* Which is the most radioactive city? -- http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/may/15/what-most-radioactive-city-chernobyl-fukushima

* Indian biotech firms turn the corner - http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/are-indias-life-sciences-startups-turning-a-corner/articleshow/47276311.cms
- A 'fail-fast' culture takes root in India - http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/india-learns-to-fail-fast-as-tech-start-up-culture-takes-root-115051400085_1.html

* A handshake - coming to grips with it - http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21651169-strength-your-handshake-predicts-length-your-life-getting-grip

* The Sun though a NASA telescope - http://expanse.collectivepress.com/they-pointed-this-telescope-at-the-sun-5-years-later-unbelievable/?s=twt

* Nepal Quake - Wired article on the Yellow House hackers - http://www.wired.com/2015/05/nepal-earthquake-aid/
- http://quakemap.org/

* MIT Tech Review - Innovators - http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2014/

* Hyderabadi's don't give a damn about culture - http://scroll.in/article/723093/while-new-york-celebrates-deccani-arts-and-crafts-hyderabad-just-doesnt-care

* Your DNA changes with the seasons -- http://www.wired.com/2015/05/dna-changes-seasons-just-like-weather/

* This should set alarm bells ringing for @makeinindia - http://dsanghi.blogspot.in/2015/05/the-quality-of-faculty.html #India #TechnicalEducation

* The perfect color combo app (Wired) -- http://www.wired.com/2015/05/coolors-color-palettes/

* Knife-fish - wavy fins and the 20-to-1 ratio -- http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/11/science/the-right-ratio-to-engineer-a-swim.html
- NYT Science Videos - http://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000003661279/inside-out-embryo.html?playlistId=100000002331748

* Bastar, Naxals and rich traditions - http://thewire.in/2015/05/11/when-the-naxals-speak-your-language/

* Online ad-injectors - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.in/2015/05/new-research-ad-injection-economy.html?m=1

* Hersh, Seymyor (2015): The killing of Osama Bin Laden -- http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden

* #SalmanVerdict -- Story of a hit-and-run survivor -- http://www.storypick.com/hit-and-run-survivor/

* P Thakurta - on legal notice from the Ambani's on Gas Wars - http://scroll.in/article/725611/what-happened-to-the-legal-action-against-gas-wars-the-book-that-took-on-the-ambanis
- In legal jargon, such notices are called SLAPP or strategic lawsuits against public participation – that is, litigation meant to harass, intimidate and silence critical writers who are expected to give in after they are faced with prospects of incurring high expenditure on legal defence.


* H1N1 Swine Flu - Extraordinary breakdown of public health -- http://www.delhiscienceforum.net/public-health/535-swine-flu--extraordinary-breakdown-of-public-health.html

* Fallout of Shourie's blast on Modi govt -- http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-05-05/india-s-narendra-modi-still-needs-clarity-after-a-year-in-office

* Gawande - an avalanche of unecessary medicare - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/11/overkill-atul-gawande

* 11 habits to radically improve your life right now! ;) -- http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/11-habits-to-radically-improve-your-life-right-now.html

* Paronjoy Guha Thakurta on Prof. T.J Joseph - mutiliated by islamists in Kerala for a question-paper -- http://www.asianage.com/columnists/caught-clich-670

* How to draft your will -- http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/investment-world/your-money/how-to-draft-a-will/article7167293.ece

* Bumblebees - India has 48 species! - http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/india-home-to-48-species-of-bumblebees/article7167495.ece

* Senegalese writer on immigrants -- http://africasacountry.com/that-moment-when-senegalese-writer-fatou-diome-kicked-european-union-butt/

* GMOs in the US -- http://time.com/3840073/gmo-food-charts/

* Nepal video -- http://mashable.com/2015/04/30/nepal-quake-hits/?utm_cid=hp-hh-sec

* Dunning-Kruger Effect - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
- a cognitive bias wherein unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate.


* Guha remembers an early birder - Zafar Futehally - http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150501/jsp/opinion/story_17561.jsp#.VUMFBPmqqkp
- environmental activists in India, I can confirm that they tend to be intensely self-regarding and extremely disputatious.
- he acted as a bridge between generations and between men with a larger sense of self-worth


* Darlymple - Lost Kingdoms - Indian influence in 700-1200AD - http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/may/21/great-and-beautiful-lost-kingdoms/
- Met museum - Buddhism along the silk route - http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/buddhism
- http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/oct/23/greatest-ancient-picture-gallery/
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