This Super Young Jupiter-Sized ‘Hot Planet’ is Puzzling Astronomers


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Farish Ahmad-Noor: Why colonialist stereotypes persist — and how to stop romanticizing history | TED Talk


 

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Colonialism remains an inescapable blight on the present, lingering in the toxic, internalized mythologies and stereotypes that have outlived the regimes that created them, says historian Farish Ahmad-Noor. Examining why these prejudices and narratives persist (and sometimes thrive), he suggests a multidisciplinary approach to reject cultural obsessions with romanticized history and prevent this nostalgia from perpetuating past oppressions.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxNTU, an independent event. TED’s editors chose to feature it for you.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Farish Ahmad-Noor · Historian

Farish Ahmad-Noor believes that we can never truly escape history but we need not be victims of it either.

Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting | TED Talk


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When Tracy Chevalier looks at paintings, she imagines the stories behind them: How did the painter meet his model? What would explain that look in her eye? Why is that man … blushing? She shares three stories inspired by portraits, including the one that led to her best-selling novel “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | TED Talk


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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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Bat – A Haiku


Bat – A Haiku

by jay

Raining Formosa
A common, heavy bat snaps
at the perfect rat
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Bat – A Haiku by jay
Raining Formosa
A common, heavy bat
snaps at the perfect rat
चमगादड़ – एक हाइकु
जय द्वारा
बारिश का फार्मूला
एक आम,
भारीचमगादड़
थप्पड़ एकदम
सही चूहे ने 
वटवाघूळ –
एक हायकू
जय कवि
फॉर्मोसा पाऊस
एक सामान्य,
फ़टका वटवाघूळाला
संपूर्ण उंदीरा तर्फे

Wisdom Quotes


Put your everything in even the smallest step and you’ll be on the path to success.

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. (Swami Sivananda)

Follow the path you’re on and you’ll reach your destination. Divert and you may reach your destiny.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu)

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction | TED Talk


Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.

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Real Service


That is real service where there is no thought of self at all.

Selfless service may not only bring you to the foot of that mystical mountain whose summit is Self-realization, but it may enable you to climb far on the path.

Finally, it may bring you in contact with a Perfect Master and cause you to surrender to him.

——- AVATAR MEHER BABA

[The Sayings of Shri Meher Baba By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook August 2013Copyright © 2013 by the Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust Ahmednagar,India. SOURCE: This eBook is based on the edition published by The Circle Editorial Committee (London) in 1933.]

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Capricious
kə-PREE-shəs
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: French, early 17th century
1

Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.

Examples of Capricious in a sentence

“During the summer months the weather can be quite capricious.”

“I had to stay on my toes when working with the capricious chef.”

Wisdom Quotes


When a problem arises it is not a sign to stop, it’s merely a sign to change your plans slightly.

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. (Robert H. Schuller)

It’s the things and people someone loves that tells you who they are.
The things that we love tell us what we are. (Thomas Aquinas)