25
Oct

Mylo Xyloto

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One of the most successful bands of our time, Coldplay, released their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto today. The album has already surpassed Adele’s 21 and is now the most pre-ordered album of this year. Critics, some of them, are calling this their best album ever and some say that Coldplay is losing grip on who they are and what they want to be. Regardless of these opinions, I am hooked to the album with over 100 plays in less than a day.

Coldplay lead vocalist, Chris Martin said in 2002 that all he wants to do is make the best music with his best friends. 9 years down the line, Coldplay is one of the biggest hits of the century and Martin, prior to release of MX said – at the very least, the part about friends is still true. He’s being modest here when you see the success they’ve had over the years. [Read more →]

19
Oct

The Tolkien Reader

Whenever people think of J.R.R. Tolkien, the first thing most of them remember is the Lord of the Rings and now, with a couple of movies based on the Hobbit on the way, the Hobbit as well. While Lord of the Rings is still the most popular book he ever wrote, it’s not his only work. As you explore his works you begin to see the genius Tolkien was. I have read quite a few books Tolkien wrote, this is just my tribute to one of the greatest fantasy fiction author to have walked the Earth.

The Hobbit The Tolkien Reader

It’s amazing how many people don’t know about this book and yet they are really big fans of the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit serves as the precursor to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR from here on) yet there is no direct relation between them that requires the reader to read Hobbit before LOTR. That probably is one of the biggest reasons this book hasn’t picked up that well. [Read more →]

18
Oct

CERN Neutrinos

I blogged about a random thing (as usual) a couple of days ago. I spoke about the Unstoppable Force and the Immovable Object. In that article I mentioned that CERN had apparently measured that some neutrinos were traveling faster than the speed of light. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe seemed a reality. Then came the blow – in a paper  Ronald A.J. van Elburg, Times Of Flight Between A Source And A Detector Observed From A GPS Satellite,arxiv.org/abs/1110.2685: explains how.

The relativistic motion of clocks on board GPS satellites exactly accounts for the superluminal effect in the OPERA experiment, says  physicist Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, The Physics arXiv Blog reports.

“From the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter,” says van Elburg. By this he means shorter than the distance measured in the reference frame on the ground. The OPERA team overlooks this because it assumes the clocks are on the ground not in orbit. [Read more →]

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