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VOLUME 49                                                  NUMBER  12                                December 2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

A Century of X-ray Diffraction

Paresh R. Vaidya

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

nobel prizes 2012

 

19

 

Little Known Facts About Srinivasan Ramanujan

K. SMILES MASCARENHAS

 

43

ALGAE TO COMBAT FOOD CRISIS

INDIRA PRIYADARSHINI & BISWAJIT RATH

53

SHORT FEATURES

Science, The Spoilsport!

Pradeep Kumar Basu

POPULAR Science Writing is an Art

Biba Jasmine

           

Promising Microalgae Resources in Assam

Rajiv Chandra Dev Goswami and Rituparna Borah

 

 

28

 

 

 

30

 

 

56

REFLECTIONS

SILICON: LIFE BEYOND CARBON

RAJESH KUMAR

47

FICTION

THE CATASTROPHE                                          

RAKESH MOHAN HALLEN

 

 

36

REPORT

SIXTY YEARS OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: CSIR-NISCAIR CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY

32

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL   

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

26

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

39

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD

61

   

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, December 2012, pp 8-14

A Century of X-ray Diffraction

Paresh R. Vaidya

 

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of X-ray diffraction and its use as a probe of the structure of matter. Einstein called the discovery of X-ray diffraction in crystals as one of the most beautiful discoveries in physics. Here is an account of how it came about.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, December 2012, pp 28-29

Science, The Spoilsport!

Pradeep Kumar Basu

 

Early humans believed that the whole universe revolved around the Earth! Then came science, the spoilsport.

 

Science Reporter                                 

Vol. 49, December 2012, pp 30-31

Popular Science Writing is an Art

Biba Jasmine

Writing of any sort is hard, but rewarding work – you gain a huge amount of satisfaction from a finished piece. Being creative and coherent can also be difficult and challenging at times, but is immense fun.

 

                                                                                                 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, December 2012, pp 43-46

Little Known Facts About Srinivasan Ramanujan

K. Smiles Mascarenhas

 

22nd December 2012 marks the 125th birth anniversary of the legendary Indian Mathematician Srinivasan Ramanujan. Here are some little known facts about him.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, December 2012, pp 53-55

Algae to Combat Food Crisis?

Indira Priyadarshani and Biswajit Rath

 

Microalgal cultivation captures greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and simultaneously produces biomass containing high-value consumer products. How is algaculture carried out in different kinds of environments?

           

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, December  2012, pp 56-57

Promising Microalgae Resources in Assam

Rajiv Chandra Dev Goswami and Rituparna Borah

 

Assam is a biological hotspot with many rare and endemic plant and animal species. These rich and diverse bioresources of the region are yet to be explored for their potential biotechnological applications.