SCIENCE REPORTER

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ISSN: 0036-8512                                                                                              

VOLUME 46                                                      NUMBER            2                              FEBRUARY 2009

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

“INVESTMENT IN POLAR RESEARCH IS

ESSENTIAL FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL”

Interview with Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of S&T and Earth Sciences               

 

8

SPECIAL FEATURE

POLAR SCIENCE—INDIAN ENDEAVOURS

SHAILESH NAYAK

 

11

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

Biometrics—New Era of Identities

APARNA CHAUDHURI, M.J.M.S. SIDDIQUI, M.P. SINGH & S.N. BAGCHI

 

20

BICENTENARY OF A GREAT NATURALIST

ARVIND MISHRA

 

23

Ashesh Prosad Mitra: Doyen of Upper Atmospheric Research

N.C. MONDAL

 

38

FICTION

Earth on the Edge

Nibha Gupta   

 

 

44

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE

4

IN FOCUS           

5

SPECTRUM       

16

BIOPROFILE

 

  • The Tangy Jamun Fruit                                                      

 

32

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

36

POINT-COUNTERPOINT:

  • India should not put money into moon exploration—                                                  

              rather utilize this money to solve domestic problems

 

 

47

 

 

CROSSWORD   

52

FLORAL RECORDS                                                                                                           

53

AMAZING ADAPTATIONS

54

 

What’s New

56

 

PUZZLE CORNER

60

HUMOUR          

62

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 46, February 2009, pp 8-10

“INVESTMENT IN POLAR RESEARCH IS

ESSENTIAL FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL”

Interview with Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of S&T and Earth Sciences

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 46, February 2009, pp 11-15

 

POLAR SCIENCE—INDIAN ENDEAVOURS

SHAILESH NAYAK

Outlining India’s significant contributions to polar science

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 46, February 2009, pp 20-22

Biometrics—New Era of Identities

APARNA CHAUDHURI, M.J.M.S. SIDDIQUI, M.P. SINGH & S.N. BAGCHI

Biometric identification devices are becoming reliable, time

efficient, affordable, and easy to use

Science Reporter

Vol. 46, February 2009, pp 23-28

BICENTENARY OF A GREAT NATURALIST

ARVIND MISHRA

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin and the 150th

anniversary of his revolutionary theory

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 46, February 2009, pp 38-41

 

Ashesh Prosad Mitra: Doyen of Upper Atmospheric Research

N.C. MONDAL

An amazing scientist and a great administrator, Dr A.P. Mitra

made the country proud on several occasions