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Water on Mars?

New photographs released by NASA suggest the existence of water and thus the possibility of life.
NASA reports:Bright new deposits seen in NASA images of two gullies on Mars suggest liquid water carried sediment in the past seven years. Liquid water is considered necessary for life, so these new findings heighten intrigue about possible microbial life on Mars. These findings were provided by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor.The atmosphere on Mars is so thin that liquid water cannot persist at the surface. However, researchers propose that water could remain liquid long enough, after breaking out from an underground source, to carry debris before totally evaporating and freezing. The Global Surveyor team also assessed the rate at which new impact craters appear on Mars.If water is found on Mars, it will be one of greatest discoveries.

New Theory to Divide by Zero – is it a hoax?

Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading's computer science department, says he has found a theorem to solve the problem of nothing. And the new number is called nullity. BBC Reports:Dr Anderson has come up with a theory that proposes a new number - 'nullity' - which sits outside the conventional number line (stretching from negative infinity, through zero, to positive infinity).BBC also has a video of the story. Well, Anderson gave this explanation to a group of school children. Most elders have called it a hoax.By the way - the concept of zero originated in ancient India and is derived from the Hindu concept of a void.

(images from BBC)

On youngster’s performing Ramayan in India and Thailand

The Hiranandani Foundation School of Mumbai reconstructed the rich cultural heritage of ancient India for their annual school project on the first week of December. (link)During the same period in Thailand - The khon play "The Ramayana Epic: Seuk Kumpakan" (The Kumpakan's Battle) was performed. (link)Children of the MumbaiSchool showcased scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The story of the Ramayan was depicted in certain classrooms with incidents like Sita's wedding, Ram breaking the bow and the abduction of Sita by Ravan being highlighted. A hut complete with a thatched roof had students dressed up as Ram, Sita and Laxman sitting in the courtyard. Students dressed in all their finery waited to narrate the stories of Shurpanakaha, Shabri and Jatayu to visitors.The Ramayana Epic: Seuk Kumpakan in Thailand was performed by youngsters and it needed more practice and dedication.A nine-year-old Hanuman (the monkey warrior) in the khon show, Jedsadaporn Teddej, said tha…

Hinduism Journal from Harvard

The journal titled Swadharma is from Harvard’s Hindu students.

What has it to offer?
Swadharma is a semi-annual publication dedicated to the presentation of Hinduism and Indian philosophy. Swadharma seeks to broaden the knowledge and understanding of Hinduism by serving as a medium of intellectual exchange between scholars, academics, and the global community. Blending scholarly articles, interviews, academic research, and editorials, the journal broadly examines views and perspectives on modern Hinduism with the goal to create better awareness and understanding of the tradition by Hindus and non-Hindus alike.
Visit here to subscribe or to know more about Swadharma. Thanks to Vikram for the link

Learn Sanskrit Words Online

Sanskrit Voice is a non-profit project created by Seshu Karthick to learn, and spread awareness about Sanskrit. Sanskrit Voice also intends to create a community of Sanskrit lovers. What Sanskrit Voice offers1. Learn Sanskrit glossary at your leisure.
2. Read & Share articles or resources related to Sanskrit.
3. Campaign the learning of Sanskrit.Write articlesYou can contribute articles to Sanskrit Voice. It can be your interpretation of Sanskrit verses, Vedas, epics, morals, news, facts, or anything that serves the Sanskrit loving community. You will be credited for your articles, and a back-link to your website will be provided.