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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER 2                                  FEBRUARY 2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

The Future is ‘Small’

SHIBU JOSEPH SJ

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

NANOMEDICINE: BIG PROMISE FROM A TINY WORLD

PARNIKA AGRAWAL

 

19

BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS: DIGITIZING THE WEB OF LIFE

MOHD. SAJID IDRISI & MOHD. IMRAN KHAN

 

28

Biodiversity Information Management—Legal Aspects

NEELAM P. MISHRA & PRATYUSH M. TRIPATHI

 

31

Solar Homes

RAJESH KUMAR

 

45

FICTION

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Shripad Dharkar

 

36

SHORT FEATURES

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Nano Energy

Solution To The Energy Crises?

BIKASH RANJAN MOHAPATRA

 

Nanotechnology to the Aid of the

Defence Sector

HIMANSHU SHEKHAR                                                                                  

FIERY CHINAR

MOHD. IMRAN KOZGAR & MOHD. SAMIULLAH KHAN

 

Play Safe With Chemicals

M. S. RATHORE & N. S. SHEKHAWAT                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

14

 

 

54

 

 

56

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL       

7

 

SPECTRUM       

16

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

24

 

 

BOOK REVIEW

35

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

HUMOUR

42

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FAMILIAR FOSSILS                                                                        

53

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW  

60

CROSSWORD                   

62

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 8-12

THE FUTURE IS ‘SMALL’

SHIBU JOSEPH SJ

 

What we are seeing is the beginning of a revolution, caused by our ability to work on the same scale as nature. Nanotechnology will affect every aspect of our lives, from the medicines we use, to the power of our computers, the energy supplies we require, the food we eat, the cars we drive, the buildings we live in, and the clothes we wear.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 13

NANO ENERGY: SOLUTION TO THE ENERGY CRISES?

BIKASH RANJAN MOHAPATRA

 

With the demand for energy growing by the day and resources exhausting fast, governments round the world are faced with the challenge of finding solutions to the significant energy demand problem without releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here, nanotechnology may be able to offer some solutions.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 14-15

NANOTECHNOLOGY TO THE AID OF THE DEFENCE SECTOR

HIMANSHU SHEKHAR

The most prominent feature of nanotechnology is miniaturization. Nano-structures behave differently compared to bulk materials. An insulator may behave as a good conductor, a yellow metal may look red or an inert chemical may behave as a reactive one.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 19-22

NANOMEDICINE: BIG PROMISE FROM A TINY WORLD

PARNIKA AGRAWAL

The day is not far when nanomedicine will provide us drugs and devices that would take us from blunderbuss treatment to target-specific and efficient therapy of incurable cancers and life-threatening multi drug-resistant bacterial infections.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 28-30

BIODIVERSITY INFORMATICS: DIGITIZING THE WEB OF LIFE

MOHD. SAJID IDRISI & MOHD. IMRAN KHAN

 

Biodiversity networks and databases will play a crucial role in managing the vast and increasing information on biodiversity components all around the world. India with its emerging strength in Information Technology is in an excellent position to take up the challenge of developing robust information networks and databases.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 31-34

 

BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT—LEGAL ASPECTS

NEELAM P. MISHRA & PRATYUSH M. TRIPATHI

The goal of biodiversity information management is to strike optimal balance in conserving the diversity of nature and advancing human sustainable living. While access to information is generally important to biodiversity conservation and management, privacy conflicts are bound to arise. Hence, there must be some restrictions and the information may be governed by statute.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 45-47

SOLAR HOMES

RAJESH KUMAR

 

Despite their initial high cost, long-term analysis of the cost of energy makes BIPV homes sustainable.  In recent times, efforts have been underway to design buildings in line with the concept of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) to minimize energy requirements. However, this is still in the concept stage and is yet to prove its sustainability over a period of time.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 54-55

FIERY CHINAR

MOHD. IMRAN KOZGAR & SAMIULLAH KHAN

The Chinar stands tall, witness to innumerable natural calamities and braving hot summer days to chilly winter nights and rainy showers to breezy autumn with equanimity.

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, February 2011, pp 56-57

PLAY SAFE WITH CHEMICALS

M. S. RATHORE & N. S. SHEKHAWAT

 

Safety is always a concern in laboratories in schools and colleges offering courses in the fields of science. There is always an anxiety among teachers and students regarding the safety of chemicals being used. But without the use of chemicals even basic experiments are difficult to conduct. Teachers are often worried because students are not aware of the safety aspects regarding the use of these chemicals. If not properly guided often accidents are encountered in these labs.