Articles by Dattatreya Mandal


Emperor Nero’s fabled rotating dining room is finally unearthed

Emperor Nero who ruled from 54 to 68 AD, was believed to have a myriad of personality idiosyncrasies, ranging from occasions of disturbing sadism to bouts of ludicrous delusions. After all, many Romans held him responsible for the Great Fire of Rome, while evidences are also found pertaining to early Christians being burned in his…


Gerry Judah’s mammoth Mercedes automotive installation flaunts its finesse

Almost looking like the great Gateway Arch with zooming automobiles on its grand curve - this incredible sculptural/architectural masterpiece is the handiwork of artist Gerry Judah. The imposing installation was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS), a three-day festival that is held every year in the estate of the historical Goodwood House in…



LadyBird – An autonomous, solar powered ‘robotic farmer’?!

It is not often that sylvan agriculture and scientific robots are mentioned in the very same sentence. Well, some resourceful researchers at the University of Sydney have made a rare achievement that allows this literary antithesis - by virtue of the so-named LadyBird, a solar powered robotic mechanism that can aid in the process of growing…



Matthew Simmonds’s marble works deftly replicate historical monuments

In spite of marble's seemingly hard credentials, the metamorphic rock was/is the favorite of sculptors around the world because of its working 'softness'. The very nature of marble makes it easier to carve, while its homogeneity endows the much needed uniformity to the resultant sculpture. Britisher Matthew Simmonds must know this better than many people,…



Top 10 video games with the most extravagant budgets

Gaming is serious business, and by serious we mean $65 billion serious. This astronomical figure will be further inflated if we added the estimated $6 billion PC gaming market from emerging economies such as China. In consideration of the colossal sums at play here - it begs to be questioned, have video game budgets finally…


The 10 oldest continuously inhabited cities in Eurasia

History has been witness to both - great settlements that have fallen due to the slightest of chances and magnificent urban centers that have emerged against all odds. In spite of such seemingly capricious endeavors, there are some extraordinary precedents of cities around the world that have seemingly stood the proverbial test of time. (more…)