Behind The Silicon Mask by Eshwar Sundaresan

By Eshwar Sundaresan

A techie group of round 200 Indians stationed in Milwaukee all of sudden unearths itself less than a siege. On a fateful Friday, a cyclonic snowstorm— great Susan—is breaking wintry weather files outdoor their home windows. And past, someplace within the inky darkness,a serial killer who pursuits immigrants is at the free. An indiscreet television journalist has already educated him that just about the full group is living inside of a 3 block

radius in downtown Milwaukee. younger techies belonging to the community— Partho Sen and Varun Belthangady—are really below hazard. ignorant of this truth, they create on as traditional. Varun needs to bring an important software program software for his Fortune-500 patron ahead of the weekend ends. in the meantime, Partho needs to confront his internal demons to save lots of crucial relationships in his existence. they have to care for those pressing wishes, whilst they take care of their rapacious company organization, an overambitious boss, unpredictable occasions unfolding within the dwelling rooms and bedrooms in their colleagues—and the consequences of the main effective cocktail on the earth. there's one guy who can store them but from the serial killer—Detective Farley of the Milwaukee Police division. yet will the serial killer end up too smart even for him?

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The Crown of Thorns crawls over the reef on thousands of tiny podia – tube-feet, through which it also breathes, that extend and flex like hydraulic parts as they fill and empty with fluid from sacs inside the animal’s arms. Gliding along about as fast as the minute hand on a clock (a little faster if it puts on a turn of speed), it moves more like a millipede than (as one might suppose) a severed human hand pulling itself by the fingers over the seabed. Once it gets into position around its favourite food of freshly growing coral, the Crown of Thorns wraps its arms around its object of desire in a grip of death, extrudes one of its two stomachs through its mouth and spews digestive juices over the polyps, turning them into a gooey mess which it sucks back inside itself.

Nearly-trees, sporting ferns fronds rather then needles or leaves, arranged in odd, symmetrical umbrella-shapes. There are also stumpy things that look like green traffic bollards in various stages of emerging from the ground. And there are shrub-sized clubmosses, their stems close-packed with green scales, looking like bendy policeman’s truncheons. You see some strange insects on the ground 12 T H E B O O K O F B A R E LY I M A G I N E D B E I N G S and the plant stems, but there are none buzzing in the air – flying insects will not evolve for another sixty millions years.

And they can do this repeatedly, regardless of how many times the part is amputated, and without a scar (sometimes, two will grow where one was before). They can even regrow parts of internal organs, including eyes and parts of the brain. Axolotls have the good fortune to be the easiest salamanders to breed, maintain and study in lab conditions. These properties, and others, make them ideal for the study of vertebrate limb development but, more than that, they have played a valuable role in the development of regenerative biology.

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