We don't have a problem with the West, we're just obsessed with it

How much do we not know about what Indian researchers are doing simply because Western scientists haven’t written to some of them?

We don’t have a problem with the West, we’re just obsessed with it

How much do we not know about what Indian researchers are doing simply because Western scientists haven’t written to some of them?

Better to have been a mammal in India

The Copernican April 10, 2014 Studies of fossils and soil samples collected at a site in South India have revealed unique attributes of the ecosystem not found in many parts of the world. In particular, an international team of scientists found that most mammalian species in the region seem to have survived at least 100,000Continue reading “Better to have been a mammal in India”

If prey can eat predators, we're ignoring evolution

The half-century old mathematics that ecologists use to understand how predator and prey populations rise and fall has received a revamp. Two scientists from Georgia Tech did this by crediting evolution for what it is but not commonly thought to be: fast, not slow. The scientists, Joshua Weitz and Michael Cortez, applied a branch of mathematicsContinue reading “If prey can eat predators, we're ignoring evolution”

If prey can eat predators, we’re ignoring evolution

The half-century old mathematics that ecologists use to understand how predator and prey populations rise and fall has received a revamp. Two scientists from Georgia Tech did this by crediting evolution for what it is but not commonly thought to be: fast, not slow. The scientists, Joshua Weitz and Michael Cortez, applied a branch of mathematicsContinue reading “If prey can eat predators, we’re ignoring evolution”

Smaller dinos were harder to wipe out, and they're still around

The asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years ago didn’t get them all. Some of them survive to this day in the form of birds, and they may have made it because they got smaller. For about 170 million years, dinosaurs were the dominant life-forms that lived on land. In this period, spanning theContinue reading “Smaller dinos were harder to wipe out, and they're still around”

Smaller dinos were harder to wipe out, and they’re still around

The asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years ago didn’t get them all. Some of them survive to this day in the form of birds, and they may have made it because they got smaller. For about 170 million years, dinosaurs were the dominant life-forms that lived on land. In this period, spanning theContinue reading “Smaller dinos were harder to wipe out, and they’re still around”

A cultured evolution?

Can perceptions arising out of cultural needs override evolutionary goals in the long-run? For example, in India, the average marriage-age is in the late 20s now. Here, the (popular) tradition is to frown down upon, and even ostracize, those who would engage in premarital sex. So, after 10,000 years, say, are Indians more likely to haveContinue reading “A cultured evolution?”

Universality of the Lotka-Volterra equations

If humankind were to discover a planet that harbours water, and if, by some provenance, the same unicellular organisms that were the precursors to Earth-bound evolution were to be introduced into this environment… Would the significant differences between our evolutionary pattern and their evolutionary pattern be equivalent in any measure to the significant differences betweenContinue reading “Universality of the Lotka-Volterra equations”

Winterwolf VII

At that moment, the semi-AI beeped completion, and 34 jumped out of the chair in one fluid motion and lunged at 32, pinning him to the floor as the gun spilled from his hand and clattered a few feet away. Did you upgrade yourself?! 32 simply smiled. I REPEAT, DID YOU UPGRADE YOURSELF?! “No!” WhyContinue reading “Winterwolf VII”

Winterwolf VI

“Right. Caution. Good. Anyway, where was I? Yes! Evolution! This race of new humans was enabled to evolve at an accelerated pace, to mutate and reform within a decade without having to wait for a million years, with a genetically implanted trigger that would terminate mutatory control once human intelligence was reached.” The New Chance.Continue reading “Winterwolf VI”

Winterwolf V

The alarms didn’t bother him; no one would believe an upgraded cyborg could have committed murder. On the other hand, the CEs 32 and 34 were the only cyborgs aboard the Winterwolf, and would quickly turn suspect if the intervention of any other Earthborn could be ruled out. Of course, the Earthborn were quite capableContinue reading “Winterwolf V”