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Spoiler Alert — The spiders are a geological formation, not real bugs!

In May of 2018, there was an interesting news item. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter clicked a photo of what looked like a bunch of spiders scurrying around near the south pole of Mars. Except there was no way these were spiders. The Orbiter was in space and the picture was from a huge distance. The so-called spiders measured 1000 km in width and don't match with any geological formation on earth! Impressed by the spider-like appearance of this geological phenomenon, scientists even termed it “araneiform terrain”. But what exactly are these and how are they formed?

The hypothesis of leaked Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

One theory around these…

And what happens if they can!

Do you recall that scene from the Matrix movie where they show how machines use humans as batteries? The scene shows a fetus growing in a sac powered by the remains of dead humans. This baby would then grow up to be a power source for the machines. The Matrix was therefore nothing but software to keep humans tame by hiding the macabre truth!

I often wondered if it is even possible to grow a fetus outside a mother’s womb. Can one recreate all the minutest details of the nutrients delivered by the mother’s blood and the environment of the…

The Skype calls of the future!

Do you recall the hologram tech in Star Wars films? The tech would project a 3D image of the person calling you so it’d seem like the person is sitting and chatting with you right in your room! Skype or other video call tech has come quite close to that. But, still, there is no 3D projection of the person talking. And as the pandemic showed, when stuck at home forever, video calling is nice to have but a 3D projection can be even better. …

The star system next door has its own share of secrets!

A few years ago, I read this article that talked about aliens in the Alpha Centauri system. For the uninitiated, the Alpha Centauri is the nearest star system to our own, a mere 4.4 light years away. It has three stars named Alpha Centauri A, B, and C— the last one is also known as Proxima Centauri and is a red dwarf. The article I read talked about how in the 1950s there were talks of aliens from the system visiting earth telepathically and having chats with scientists. There were also talks of 8 feet tall humanoid aliens from the…

Jeff Bezos’ second inning post-Amazon

I am sure you heard that Bezos is stepping down the tech giant Amazon after being at its helm since its inception. Many have written excellent pieces on the history of Amazon or how Bezos built the company. I guess another interesting speculation can be what Bezos is going to do next. Will he lead a philanthropic effort like Bill Gates or will he start many visionary companies like Elon Musk.

Elon Musk created Paypal before Tesla

Elon Musk, now famous for legendary companies like Tesla and SpaceX, started with which was the precursor of PayPal. Musk’s first company was Zip2 which he started in…

NASA’s Perseverance lands on Mars

Mars has always been a source of fascination for humans. In past, we have fascinated about intelligent forms of life thriving there — and attacking us at will. Movies (and books) like War of the worlds or Mars Attacks! are perfect examples. In real life though, no conclusive sign of life on Mars has been found. But, there is always the tantalizing possibility of Mars holding life at some point in the past. Especially so, since we now know that Mars has water and used to have a lot more liquid water in its history.

Or just a useful scapegoat!

Iran in January was plagued by power shortages and smog. One culprit, as the government claimed was Bitcoin. Large scale industrial mining of bitcoin across the republic was leading to pollution as well as shortages. Bitcoin mining needs a lot of computer processing that is powered by electricity. Also, these computers need to be kept cool and that uses electricity too.

For Iran, anonymous online transactions made in cryptocurrencies allow individuals and companies to bypass banking sanctions that have crippled the economy. Bitcoin offers an alternative to cash printed by sovereign governments and central banks — and in the case…

The news rumor mill is ripe again!

How would a social network make money? Either sell user info for targeted ads aka the Facebook model or make it a paid subscription like Medium. The problem with targeted ads is that to make them really work the company has to collect a lot of user info. Facebook has sort of mastered that and their revenue is soaring. Also, advertisers would want to focus on social networks that give them a bang for their buck. All this means there is only so much ad revenue that Twitter can target. …

Or just baseless rumors?

The news cycle is going on about Apple’s car project that is no longer just a theory but slowly inching to fruition. As a news update, this week we heard that South Korean automaker Kia (part of Hyundai) is going to be building the Apple car in its Georgia plant. Of course, neither Apple nor Kia confirmed the news.

So far in 2021, the Apple car has been on a rollercoaster of will-they-won’t-they flirtation with the Korean auto conglomerate. By December 2020, the canned Project Titan was back on, and come January this year, Hyundai entered the frame. The specific…

The company shuts down their Stadia Game Development Studios

Google announced this week that they are shutting down their game development operations. Some are seeing this as a massive downgrade of the company’s ambition in the gaming arena. Computer games have taken off in the lockdown era with Microsoft, EA, etc posting impressive gains. Even Amazon has stepped in with their Luna service.

Google’s Stadia was supposed to be a Netflix-like service where subscribers could play games streamed from their servers. Google was aiming to have an in-house studio to develop games that would really shine with their Linux based multi-server approach similar to Netflix Originals.

When Google originally…

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