Unconventional Wisdom

Imagine you are soccer player about to make a single penalty kick. The odds are in your favor as roughly 75 percent of penalty kicks ends up into the goal post. The ball travels at 80 miles per hour after it leaves your boot. At that speed the goal keeper need to guess the direction…

Tales from the Genome – 1

Human beings are complex multicellular organisms where as Amoeba is a single celled organism. Do you know who has more genetic material in them? The answer is surprising; Amoeba has 670 billion units of DNA compared to 3 billion units in humans. What do we learn from this? It is not the quantity but the sequence (order)…

Narrative Fallacy

Our brain consists of two hemispheres; left and right. The two halves communicate with each other through a connecting fabric called as corpus callosum. For patients suffering from a form of epilepsy, corpus callosum needs to be severed to reduce the effects of epilepsy. The patients will lead a normal life after the surgery. But after removing this connecting…

Walmart

Walmart was founded by Sam Walton in 1962. When I think of Walton two things comes to my mind (1) He invented practically nothing. But he copied everything anybody else ever did that was smart. He is a terrific cloner (2) He understood human psychology very well. He never let his purchasing agent take a handkerchief from a salesman. He…

Full Moon Lunacy

13th June 2014 was a Friday and it also happened to be a full moon day. Full moon is a time when the whole moon’s disk is illuminated. Few news articles where boldly claiming that people go crazy (lunatic; mad) on a full moon day. But none of them gave any scientific reasons for why this…

Keeping a Diary

Human beings are the ultimate product of evolution. It has produced great minds like Issac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Edison. Gravity was discovered by Newton. This discovery explained why earth revolves around the sun and moon revolves around the earth. It was the same Newton who lost his money in south sea bubble. He wrote – I can…

Thinking about miracles

Frances Griffiths and Elise Wright were two young English cousins. In 1917 they claimed that they took photographs with fairies. During that time photography was still a new thing and hence everyone believed that fairies were real. One of the believers was Sir Arthur Conan Doyale, creator of the famously infallible Sherlock Holmes. In the…