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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER   7                                       July  2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

The Legacy of Yuri Gagarin

50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space

N.S. Arun Kumar

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

When Blue Ice Falls From The Sky!

Bimal K. Srivastava

 

 

 

19

“Cold Fusion” Poised to Become an Industrial Reality! 

Mahadeva Srinivasan

26

Did the Best Team Win in IPL-IV 2011?

Gangan Prathap

 

32

Tracking Down Early Evolution of Life

Deepak Joshi

 

 

42

DOLPHINS – “Sentinels of the Sea”

Sabahuddin Ahmad

 

46

How About a Designer Egg?

Rijusmita Sarma Deka & Trishna Bhandar Kayastha

 

52

2011 – World Veterinary Year

Lalit  Sharma

 

55

SCIENCE FICTION

 

Galaxies: A Freudian Primer

Patrick Das Gupta

 

 

 

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL       

7

SPECTRUM       

16

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

24

 

CARTOONS

39

 

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FAMILIAR FOSSILS                                                                                        

57

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD                   

62

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 8-15

The Legacy of Yuri Gagarin

50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space

 

N. S. Arun Kumar

The year 2011 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic flight into space by Yuri Gagarin—the first man to take a peek into the mysteries of outer space. Here’s a look at how he made it to the top.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 19-23

When Blue Ice Falls From The Sky!

Bimal K. Srivastava

What happens when a huge lump of coloured ice falls from a clear sky? Well, there are conjectures, often magical explanations. But the culprits are often commercial aircraft. Read on to find out more.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 26-30

“Cold Fusion” Poised to Become an Industrial Reality! 

Mahadeva Srinivasan

 

Recent announcements of breakthroughs in the arena of cold fusion have caught the physics community worldwide by surprise. Should cold fusion research in India, dumped in the 90s following worldwide skepticism, be revived?

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 32-35

Did the Best Team Win in IPL-IV 2011?

Gangan Prathap

 

The thrill and fever of the IPL cricket tournament just got over with Chennai Super Kings emerging the champions. But was the team indeed best placed to win the tournament? Read on to find out.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 42-44

Tracking Down Early Evolution of Life

Deepak Joshi

 

MOST people are aware that fossils (preserved life in historic rocks) are remains of the animals and plants that once lived on the Earth. Tracking fossil records gives an interesting insight into how life evolved.                              

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 46-48

DOLPHINS – “Sentinels of the Sea”

Sabahuddin Ahmad

SNIFFER dogs are trained to sniff out explosives. But how do you search for mines deep in the seas? The U.S. Navy started training bottlenose Dolphins and some sea lions since the 1960s to detect sea mines.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 52-54

 

How About a Designer Egg?

Rijusmita Sarma Deka & Trishna Bhandar Kayastha

 

The concept of designer eggs is interesting and even encouraging. However, the technology of manipulating nutrients in poultry feed, fortification of egg with micronutrients, vitamin, antidiabetic factors and specific modified immunoglobins warrants a mass awareness campaign among veterinarians, extension agencies, feed manufacturers, pharmaceutical industry, poultry owners and consumers.

   

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, July 2011, pp 55-56

2011 – World Veterinary Year

Lalit Sharma

CUSTOMARILY, every year, on the last Saturday of April, World Veterinary Day is celebrated to highlight the veterinary profession and its contribution to the society.