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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER  12                                   December   2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Amundsen’s Polar Conquest

N.S. Arun Kumar

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Antarctica: A Marvellous Archive of Nature

Koushik Roy

 

 

16

Indian Soldiers Warm Up To Cold Weather Clothing

N. Babu Rao, T.M. Kotresh & R. Indushekar

 

28

Soldiering on Siachen

T.V. Karthikeyan

 

32

The Best Tennis Player Ever?

GANGAN PRATHAP                

 

36

Chemistry Education in the 21st Century

A.K. Bakhshi & Vimal Rarh

 

 

38

NOBEL PRIZES 2011

 

43

DESPICABLE DODDERS

DIPANJAN GHOSH

53

AKASH: TABLET COMPUER FOR THE MASSES

R.D. RIKHARI

56

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL       

7

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

FAMILIAR FOSSILS

26

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD                   

62

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 8-14

      Amundsen’s Polar Conquest

N.S. Arun Kumar

The story of the race to reach the South Pole is a tribute to Roald Amundsen’s grasp of the prevailing conditions in the icy continent and his sense of intricate planning. The year 2011 celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the conquest of the South Pole.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 16-22

Antarctica: A Marvellous Archive of Nature

Koushik Roy

The interminable continent of snow of breathtaking beauty is home to some unique creatures. However, increasing human intervention could spell disaster for this snowy expanse better known as Antarctica.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 28-31

Indian Soldiers Warm Up To Cold Weather Clothing

N. Babu Rao, T.M. Kotresh and R. Indushekar   

Keeping in mind that ‘man is more important than the machine’, the DRDO is dedicated to the service of the soldier to provide him with adequate physiological comfort and the necessary life support every that would give the soldier an edge over the enemy.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 32-34

Soldiering on Siachen

T.V. Karthikeyan

A trek to the highest and coldest battlefield can be adventurous and exciting. But for the soldiers, braving the hilly terrain and surviving the biting cold seems secondary to patrolling the borders against the country’s enemies.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 36-37

The Best Tennis Player Ever?

Gangan Prathap

The question asked is not easily answered by common sense: “Who is the best tennis player ever?” Or to phrase it and focus it more precisely, “Who is the best male tennis player since 1968?”

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 38-41

Chemistry Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

A.K. Bakhshi and Vimal Rarh

The year 2011 is being celebrated as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). Many conferences, symposia and workshops are being organized all over the world including India to highlight the role, importance and achievements of chemistry. When so much is being discussed about chemistry and as the IYC is coming to an end, it would be prudent to have a critical look at the chemistry education system in our country.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 53-55

Despicable Dodders

Dipanjan Ghosh

The dodder is often blamed for the irreparable damage it causes to a large number of crop plants and garden ornamentals. But it has several benefits too.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, December 2011, pp 56-57

‘Aakash’ – Tablet Computer for the Masses

R.D. Rikhari

With its amazingly low cost ‘Aakash’ promises to bridge the digital divide in the country while at the same time giving a big push to education.