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I had the pleasure of talking to one of the lead researchers within the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration: Charles Gammie. In our discussion, Gammie described his background, some of the processes that EHTC went about discovering M87, and also provides some valuable academic advice.

Before getting into the interview, here’s some relevant information about the basic concepts of black holes, what the EHTC is, and the excitement behind M87.

Over 100 years ago, Einstein came up with the general theory of relativity which composes of the following principles:

  • Matter deforms space time
  • Some objects have enough gravitational force that when…


Don’t be surprised nowadays if you’re constantly hearing about new technologies that companies are migrating to. At times, it can be super overwhelming to stay up to date with everything, but I really feel as though attaining some sort of high-level understanding of these technologies can help you to the connect the dots architecturally and make sense of software platforms/applications.

Kubernetes has been around for 6 years so far. Developed by Google, it is now one of the most commonly used container orchestration systems. But what is a container orchestration system? Essentially, it is a platform that allows you automate…


The power to control narrative is perhaps the root cause of all problems in society. The ways in which social media platforms are able to manipulate narratives and the psyche of their users has led me to ponder about how actual armies sought to gain a psychological advantage over their enemies.

Within this internal warfare, I think the most important aspect to pay attention to is deception. It takes a lot of planning and complicated infrastructures from social media platforms to be able to lure users into this daily, hourly trap of immersing themselves into their devices. …


I despise the sad fact nowadays that information, whether opinionated or scientific, is looked at as an attack on one’s personal beliefs. With the culprit obviously being social media platforms, I think it is important to discuss the methods and means in which such an issue is growing larger and larger every day.

Deny it or don’t, but every notification, every comment on your picture, every like on your post, and every feed refresh has you drooling for more. As they say, ‘ignorance is bliss’. While we think we are “aware” of our social media addictions, we completely disregard the…


Max Stoiber is an open source developer who has worked on a multitude of open source projects that many of us know today in the web development world, such as Styled-Components and React-Boilerplates. In my recent conversation with Max, we talked about his journey as a developer and how open source has changed his life (more interview details in the video).

Max isn’t your ordinary developer who earned a college degree and went on to build amazing things. He dropped out of college twice simply because he wasn’t interested in what was taught in college. Instead, during the majority of…


I recently had the privilege of interviewing Ken Ono (1968-), one of the most brilliant mathematicians in the world. Not only has he made huge contributions to the field of number theory and was also a mathematical consultant for the Hollywood film The Man Who Knew Infinity, but his unique, inspirational story can provide valuable lessons to anyone, regardless of what they are pursuing.

Right from the start, Ono grew up with expectations to become a mathematician. His parents believed that achieving high test scores and pursuing a higher education was the best way to succeed. However, Ono didn’t necessarily…


I was playing around with some data regarding the Leading Causes of Deaths in the United States and was able to find some interesting key points. Overall, the US has been experiencing a rise in total deaths for various causes within almost the past 2 decades. There has been an average of 8,790,457 deaths per year related to these causes. The 4 main leading causes of these deaths (from highest to lowest) in the US are diabetes, Influenza and Pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide. However, it varies for each state.


We all love music. It brings a certain feel to us. Sound, in particular, is what provokes our psychological responses. Thunder brings about fear, an opera singer brings about joy, and a flowing stream brings about peace. The effects of sound can be categorized into three main aspects: Emotional Contagions, Visual Imagery, and Episodic Memories. No matter what type of sound we hear, our brain interprets it with some form of relevance. However, what if there was a way to control our brain activity through the use of sound frequencies? What if we could manually manipulate our neurotransmitters?

Before diving…


Maturity is an everlasting process. We live, we experience, we learn, and we grow. The human brain is known to reach full maturity at the age of 25, but I feel like there’s always an opportunity to purify our outlook on life. Every year, we’re given various obstacles to overcome. Whether mental or physical, it’s human tendency to always find reason for our troubles. Some may claim that certain situations are inevitable, but the way their brains handle that situation is what can sometimes lead to a mess. …


Man vs. AI

The growth of technology has caused Artificial Intelligence to branch into many categories. In particular, AI’s implementation in healthcare is changing the world as we speak. There are now surgical robots, pattern recognition algorithms to detect diseases, and new technologies that allow us to create new medicines and vaccinations. Although, in the medical field, anything can go wrong at any moment; there’s a huge gap for error and thus, the amount of money being invested on AI is being highly questioned due to the huge risk. To come into best use, AI should be implemented in areas of healthcare where…

Veeresh Neralagi

Learning as I write.

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