MIT and The Shortcut to Nirvana

The colorful and chaotic Kumbh Mela (Kumbh, for short) is possibly the largest religious gathering on earth. The Hindu pilgrimage, which happens once in twelve years in one of four Indian cities, draws millions of devotees. Now, thanks to Ramesh Raskar, a MIT Media Lab professor whose hometown, Nashik, is […]


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The Rooster Sauce Guy The Rooster Sauce Guy

A food writer based in southern California, Randy Clemens is best known as the author of The Sriracha Cookbook. This 2011 cookbook is dedicated to cooking with a southeast Asian sauce named after its Thai town of origin, Si Racha. In the U.S., the chile-and-garlic sauce is frequently referred to […]

Watching you Watching Me Watching you Watching Me

For people who use video chat services to catch up with someone close—a beloved grandma or dear friend—it’s pretty easy to read the cues and reactions of a familiar face. But in video chats among a group of people, say a business meeting among different offices, reading and correctly interpreting […]

The Bird That Changed a Canal’s Course The Bird That Changed a Canal’s Course

 In 1836, T.C. Jerdon, a 25-year-old surgeon, arrived in the Madras Presidency. After training at the General Hospital, he was sent to treat troops battling insurgency in a district nearly halfway to the Calcutta Presidency. Once that rebellion was quelled, he joined his cavalry regiment as medical officer and served […]