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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER   8                       AUGUST 2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Indian Science Through The Ages

Jaimini Sarkar                       

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

India’s Super Steel & Super Dye

Padma Rao

 

16

Cell Phones Move Closer To Being Dangerous

Manas Pratim Das

 

19

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar—A Science Czar

S.P.K. Gupta

 

22

From Megaton to Megawatt—Uranium Takes a U-turn

M.S.S. Murthy

 

29

‘Ever Greening’ Patents

Uttam K. Shukla

 

31

Ardaseer Cursetjee: The First Indian Fellow of the Royal Society

N.S. Arunkumar

 

38

Fielding – How Best to Throw the Ball In!

G. Venkatesh

 

46

Double Coconut—Home of Algae

Pratibha Gupta

 

53

REPORT

National Workshop on Scientific Temper

Archita Bhatta                                                     

35

SHORT FEATURES

 

Green School Revolution

Bibhuti Narayan Biswal

 

44

Spot-billed Pelican: Future Uncertain?

V. Kannan & J. Pandiyan

56

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL       

7

CARTOONS

42

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

FAMILIAR FOSSILS                                                                        

60

CROSSWORD                   

62

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 8-14

Indian Science Through The Ages

Jaimini Sarkar

                                                                                

Here’s a look at the some of the significant contributions to science India has made through the ages.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 16-18

India’s Super Steel & Super Dye

Padma Rao

Wootz steel and indigo dye are testament to the high level of scientific and technological knowledge that India possessed through the ages.

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 19-21

Cell Phones Move Closer To Being Dangerous

Manas Pratim Das

 

A recent WHO report categorized radio-frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Does this establish that cellphones cause cancer? Did the WHO do too little after too long a time?

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 22-28

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar

A Science Czar

S.P.K. Gupta

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar will always be remembered as a great institution builder, a scientist and a visionary.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 29-30

From Megaton to Megawatt—Uranium Takes a U-turn

M.S.S. Murthy

 

Last April the US and Russian Presidents signed a New START treaty to reduce their existing nuclear arsenal to 1500 warheads on each side in the next seven years. Considering the current size of the stockpile, this is hailed as a big step towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 31-34

‘Ever Greening’ Patents

        Uttam K. Shukla

‘Ever Greening’ patents is often resorted to by companies to extend the term of protection to their products shortly before the patent is about to expire.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 38-41

Ardaseer Cursetjee:

The First Indian Fellow of the Royal Society

N.S. Arunkumar

 

Ardaseer Cursetjee became the first Indian to be appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society. The year 2011 marks the 170th anniversary of this achievement by this young architect of a young India.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 44-45

 

Green School Revolution (GSR)

Bibhuti Narayan Biswal

Environment education is an essential dimension of basic education focused on a sphere of interaction that lies at the root of personal and social development.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 46-48

Fielding – How Best to Throw the Ball In!

G. Venkatesh

Throwing in the ball to the wicketkeeper or the bowler could be critical. There is some mathematics involved behind ‘good’ throws.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 53-54

Double Coconut—Home of Algae

Pratibha Gupta

Double Coconut is a very interesting rare giant palm listed in the Red Data Book. Getting its name because the coconuts have two lobes resembling two coconuts fused together).

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, August 2011, pp 56-57

Spot-billed Pelican: Future Uncertain?

V. Kannan & J. Pandiyan

Pelicans are renowned as birds “whose bill holds more than their belly can”. Their claim to fame is as a bird of great antiquity.