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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  2                                            February   2012

 

CONTENTS
 

 

COVER STORY

 

Space Exploration Today & in the Future

Shoili Pal

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water

H.K. Parwana

 

 

 

30

Yamuna—Lifetime of the Country in Danger

K.P. Agrawal

 

32

Einstein: Consistent Scientist & Inconsistent Man

Paresh R. Vaidya

 

40

Retaining Muscle Strength                       

Prasanta K. Dash & Rhitu Rai

 

 

45

Metals in Your Denture—How Safe?

S. Chana, R. Mathur & M.M. Singh

 

 

53

REPORT

International Conference on Science Communication for Scientific Temper

19

SHORT FEATURES

What’s in Your Water?

Sudhanshu Purohit      

 

 

28

FICTION

Power of the Brain

Pranab Mazumdar                   

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

   

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 8-14

Space 2012: Space Exploration, Today and in the Future

Shoili Pal

 

The year 2012 seems to be an exciting year for space travel with various space agencies around the world lining up innovative and penetrating missions to space and beyond.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 28-29

What’s in Your Water?

Sudhaunshu Purohit

 

“Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium” said the 1937 Nobel Laureate Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi. It is indeed the element that creates and sustains life not only on land but also under the dark unknowns of ocean depths.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 30-31

Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water?

H.K. Parwana

 

Over the past few years a lot of concern has been expressed over the presence of contaminants like pesticides, arsenic, fluoride and other chemicals in drinking water.                                                     

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 32-35

YAMUNA

Lifeline of the Country in Danger

K.P. Agrawal

 

The water of the river Yamuna is not only unfit for drinking but also for bathing and washing clothes. Despite huge amounts of money having being spent on cleaning up the river little has changed.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 40-43

Einstein: Consistent Scientist & Inconsistent Man

Paresh R. Vaidya

 

Did Einstein’s commitments come from the brain rather than the heart? Here’s a view.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 45-47

Retaining Muscle Strength

Prasanta K. Dash & Rhitu Rai

 

A new approach could prevent or delay loss of muscle strength and thereby decrease the frequency of broken bones in the elderly or muscular dystrophy in the young.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, February 2012, pp 53-57

Metals in Your Denture—How Safe?

Sakshi Chana, Rajat Mathur & Man Mohan Singh

 

Metals find a prominent place in dental practice. Which are these metals and how safe are they?