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Everest climbing season is approaching and we already have the first inspiring story: An Oregon teenager with Down Syndrome made it to the Everest Base Camp a few days ago.
A few headlines (and the interviewer above) incorrectly mention that he summited the peak. While that did not happen—it is too early in the season to summit—reaching the Base Camp is in itself no small feat: 10 days, 70 miles and 8,000 feet of elevation gain ranging from 9,000 feet to 17,600 feet.
Previous post with the giga-pixel image of Mt. Everest here.
In this video, a nine year old embarrasses all of us:
At what age do we stop thinking, “I might be wrong.”?
While travelling in India, I was mildly amused that every Indian city had a major road called Mahatma Gandhi road, abbreviated to MG Road.
Long story short, I’m in Mexico City and I’ll be here for a while. I was travelling by bus today and guess what I came across? Yep.
Wow .. this is moving (via):
Sometimes it doesn’t feel right to laugh at tragic incidents that have comical undertones. This isn’t one of those times:
Psychology: Anita Eerland, Rolf Zwaan, and Tulio Guadalupe for their study “Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller”.
Peace: The SKN Company, for converting old Russian ammunition into new diamonds.
Acoustics: Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada for creating the SpeechJammer — a machine that disrupts a person’s speech, by making them hear their own spoken words at a very slight delay.
Neuroscience: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford, for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon.
Chemistry: Johan Pettersson, for solving the puzzle of why, in certain houses in the town of Anderslöv, Sweden, people’s hair turned green.
Physics: Joseph Keller, Raymond Goldstein, Patrick Warren, and Robin Ball, for calculating the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail.
Fluid dynamics: Rouslan Krechetnikov and Hans Mayer for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.
Anatomy: Frans de Waal and Jennifer Pokorny, for discovering that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually from seeing photographs of their rear ends.
Medicine: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti, for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode.
It’s hard to pick a favourite but I’m going with literature:
Literature: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
Texting while driving is dangerous. But you know what’s more dangerous? This. Don’t ever do it.
In every disaster film I have seen, it is always the human element that leads to the emotional zenith. Be it a character achieving closure, a character reuniting with a loved one, or a character finally tasting victory in act three after being pushed around in acts one and two.
Curiosity is no different. Here is one human story behind Curiosity. It will match and raise everything you felt about the whole robot-on-another-planet concept:
Indeed, as I was watching the touchdown live—delayed by 14 minutes—the one moment that will be etched in my memory is the room in JPL erupting when a voice went, “Touchdown confirmed! We’re safe on Mars.“
I came across this documentary a few months ago and remembered it today when a friend mentioned the Chadar Trek. You can watch the entire video but I recommend starting from 7:18. That’s when the bit about Chadar begins.
David Attenborough has set a high bar for nature documentaries. Anything less reveals its flaws right away. The above video uses some gimmicks for cheap thrills but check it out regardless. There aren’t very many videos of the Chadar.
Several Himalayan adventure companies organize the Chadar trek of the Zanskar valley in the Himalayan winter. If you have the time, money and motivation, go for it I say!