India Innovation Science Social

Can’t find it with search? Ask!

Yahoo! Answers motto – “Can’t find it with search? Ask”. It is simply a bigger version of a typical “news group” with better look and feel; or there is more to it?

Dr. Stephen Hawking asks “How can the human race survive the next hundred years”?

The President of India asks “What should we do to free our planet from terrorism”?

Health Science Social

Trading human organs, illegally

In much of the world, buying and selling organs is a crime. So what does someone in need of an organ do? The demand for transplants can’t be met by altruistic organ banks, so Internet brokers are stepping in the breach. Its not a pretty picture. Richard C. Morais at Forbes makes an interesting point.

Desperate Arrangements

Business Finance Innovation Social

The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

A business & strategy viewpoint by world famous “thinker” C.K. Prahalad that I’ve just started reading is quite insightful. Having the advantage of being in 2007, five years since it was originally published in 2002, gives an opportunity to evaluate its vision and thus also to extrapolate what is about to happen. Via Sramana Mitra’s blog.

Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid (pdf)

Finance Science Social


A summary of interesting collection of thoughts by two authors who co-relate economics with general things in life. “He determined that in spite of the cottage industry of parenting and the millions of how-to books on the subject sold every year, who you are matters much more than what you do.” – Hmm, not sure if I fully buy that! Thanks to Gaurav for the recommendation.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Summary

Business Innovation Social Technology

The Urban Vehicle Grid

I came across some exciting research work that the UCLA CS team are doing  around “the urban vehicle grid”, a vehicle-to-vehicle system (much like a peer-to-peer network), whereby vehicles may participate in opportunistic “Ad-Hoc” wireless networks and may produce data about its environment (pavement condition, weather data, physiological condition of passengers); act as an information gateway for such content; and collaborate with other vehicles (forward collision warning, intersection collision warning, ice on bridge…). Pretty cool.

Communication and Content sharing in the Urban Vehicle Grid (very detailed info)

Health India Social

Yoga and Pranayam re-invented

A lot of controversy surrounds Swami Ramdev, but there is no doubt that he has re-invented Yoga and Pranayam by bringing it to masses – no less than several million people! Personally, I fully concur with his critical views on soft drinks, in particular ones that contain aspartame, which can lead to several fatal diseases.

Re-inventing yoga for the masses

Meta Social

Federal Income Tax in America is unconstitutional!


This documentary is definitely worth ~2hrs of your life, especially if you’re an American citizen or resident. Hell… based on Russo’s conclusions, it’s worth watching if you even live on this planet and value freedom.

And here’s another site which seems to have a fair few similar-themed movies and documentaries.

America: Freedom to Fascism

History Social

Robert Fisk: Saddam takes his secrets to the grave

An intriguing account by Robert Fisk. “How the West armed Saddam, fed him intelligence on his ‘enemies’, equipped him for atrocities – and then made sure he wouldn’t squeal.”

Saddam takes his secrets to the grave


Sex crimes by UN peacekeepers worldwide

An opinion in a Korean newspaper on sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers, with supporting reference info. Caution: distressing.

Sex crimes by UN peacekeepers worldwide

History Social

History of Delusion

5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds (flash). Original via reddit. See comments.

History of Religion