Interesting Links

Following are the links to some of the interesting stuff – both academic and non academic – that floats around in the world of internet :
  • The Future of Smartphone Imagined!!

Here are 10 phones that are clearly from some of the minds of the industries future innovators, design students and the creatively inspired. We hope that the smartphone industry takes notice because these designs are something that I know I need in my life.

 

  • Future Transportation Technology

Technology is pushing from every direction, getting faster with each passing second. Prepare yourself! Future is closer than you think!

 

  • Amazing New Technologies

See some of the most amazing technologies of 2013. Enjoy!

 

  • Infinite Chocklate Trick

It’s clearly an optical illusion, but the concept behind the trick is mathematically interesting. Enjoy!

 

  • The Monty Hall Problem

An enlightening display of the counter-intuitiveness of the theory of probability. Enjoy!

 

  • McGurk_effect

So you thought that the auditory ability is limited to ears only? Get prepared to be amazed!

 

  • Mindfulness and Buddhism:

For me, Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy, a way of life. Although I do not consider myself to be a Buddhist (or belonging to any religion, for that matter), I try to incorporate some of the timeless teachings of Buddhism (specifically, Theravada Buddhism) into my life. The fact that Buddhism doesn’t call for blind faith but prompts one to look within and find out the truth by own experience and reasoning likens it to the scientific spirit. In fact, Buddha said “Don’t believe my words because a Buddha told you, but examine them well. Be a light unto yourselves.” This illustrates the practical and reason-based approach that Buddhism stands for.

In fact, the heart of Buddha’s teaching is the achievement of peace and happiness through the practical method of mindfulness meditation. It has been conclusively shown in the scientific literature that the practice of mindfulness results in reduced stress & anxiety levels and thus leads to a greater sense of happiness, tranquility & well-being. Also, variations of this method are now used worldwide for treating depression and many other mind-related complications like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (with better success rates than the traditional drug-related therapy). This can be well illustrated by the establishment of many research institutes by leading academic institutes like UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and The Oxford Mindfulness Center.