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VOLUME 48                                                      NUMBER  11                                   November   2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

100 Years of ICMR!

Jagdeep Saxena & V.K. Srivastava

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Chromosomes, Cancer and Cure

Prasanta K. Dash & Rhitu Rai

 

 

19

Bright Future for Olive Ridley Turtles?

Divya Karnad

 

32

Mysterious Migration

P. S. Bankar & S. D. Patil

 

34

Mounting Threat of Space Debris

Radhakrishna Rao                  

 

42

Nurturing Wetlands

R.N. Mandal

 

 

45

Lantana—A Menace or Friend?

Nidhi Chaudhary

 

54

SHORT FEATURES

Ug99—Threat to Agriculture

Pallabi Roy, Snigdha Majumder & Siraj Datta                                                                            

Fun With Numbers

Wallace Jacob

 

Butterfly Flies Away

Samiya Fatima                         

 

Promise of Guar meal

S. Srivastava, Anees K. & R. Ramani                           

 

                                                           

 

 

 

23

 

 

26

 

 

30

 

 

38

 

REPORT

NISCAIR’S Book Release Function      

 

28

REFLECTIONS

Will Steve Rest in Peace?

S.G. Seetharam

 

44

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL       

7

SPECTRUM       

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

53

FUN QUIZ

58

FAMILIAR FOSSILS

60

CROSSWORD                   

62

 

  

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 8-15

      100 Years of ICMR!

Jagdeep Saxena & V.K. Srivastava

 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the planning, formulation, coordination, implementation and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world. Today, it is 100 years old and enjoys a pan-India presence with 31 dedicated research institutes and centres across the major disciplines.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 19-21

Chromosomes, Cancer and Cure

          Prasanta K. Dash & Rhitu Rai

 

Can the dreaded cancer be controlled? A recent discovery could provide an approach to successfully tackle cancer.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 23-24

Ug99—Threat to Agriculture

Pallabi Roy, Snigdha Majumder & Siraj Datta

 

Ug99 is a new virulent strain of old crop disease “Black Stem Rust” that has evolved to overcome the resistance prevalent in wheat varieties during the Green Revolution of the 1960s.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 26-27

Fun With Numbers

Wallace Jacob

 

MANY people find numbers quite boring. But for others playing with numbers is a favourite past-time. And so, for those who find numbers boring, here are a few numbers that may sound interesting.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 30-31

Butterfly Flies Away

Samiya Fatima

 

Long gone are the days when our backyards were hangouts for the beautiful winged jewels. Excited little kids would run around trying to catch them.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 32-33

Bright Future for Olive Ridley Turtles?

Divya Karnad

 

The future of the olive ridley turtles would be bright only if lights in the coastal areas were to be dimmed by a shade. Bright lights in and around coastal areas are leading these turtles to their death.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 34-37

Mysterious Migration

P. S. Bankar & S. D. Patil

 

Scientists are still trying to unravel the mysteries of bird migration. But increasing encroachment on habitats and man-made structures are making migratory birds lose their track.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 38-39

Promise of Guar meal

S. Srivastava, Anees K. and R. Ramani

 

Guar, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (Family Fabaceae), is a drought-tolerant summer annual legume mainly grown in the Northwestern part of the country.          

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 42-43

Mounting Threat of Space Debris

Radhakrishna Rao

 

Junk in outer space is threatening space missions like never before. And scientists are coming up with really innovative solutions to the mess created up there.

                                                                      

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 45-48

Nurturing Wetlands

R. N. Mandal

Seasonal wetlands need to be nurtured for the wealth of high quality nutrients they offer and also as future sources of freshwater.

                                                                      

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, November 2011, pp 54-57

Lantana—A Menace or Friend?

Nidhi Chaudhary

 

Reviled as a nuisance and a menace worldwide, Lantana can surprisingly be of great help to humans and animals.