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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  9                                                          September  2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Mobile Phone ‘Apps’ at your Service!

Nitin Kumar Ahir

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Role of Consumers in Urban Water-Wastewater Systems

G. Venkatesh

 

Philatelic Tribute to Indian Scientists

Seemin Rubab

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

28

Aircraft On Water!

Arnab Chatterjee

 

Talking of Language

Madhav Vishnubhatt

 

32

 

 

45

Unique Organisms

A. Krishna Murthy & V. Pranitha

 

53

SHORT FEATURES

Composite Gas Cylinders

Rashmi Rekha and Himanshu Shekhar

 

 

14

 

Venus Transit 2012: Finding the Diameter of Venus

Raveesha K.H. and Kamal Kumar      

 

26

Nuclear Truth at Narora
V.K. Joshi

 

56

FICTION

G.O.D. Saves the Earth

Saurabh Shukla

                       

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

POINT COUNTERPOINT

39

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 8-13

Mobile Phone ‘Apps’ at your Service!

Nitin Kumar Ahir

 

Advances in electronics and computing and their integration have turned the modern mobile phone into a mini computer. Mobile phone applications, or apps as they are called, enhance its information and communication capabilities.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 14-15

Composite Gas Cylinders

Rashmi Rekha and Himanshu Shekhar

 

Housewives often face a common problem while cooking: They don’t know whether there’s

enough gas left in the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cylinder to cook the next meal.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 26-27

Venus Transit 2012: Finding the Diameter of Venus

Raveesha K.H. and Kamal Kumar

 

We observed this century’s last Venus transit from our Institute (CMR Institute of Technology) on 6 June 2012 from 7 am to 10 am by projecting the sun’s image from a refractor telescope on to a screen.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 19-22

Role of Consumers in Urban Water-Wastewater Systems

G. Venkatesh

 

Sustainability would be like a tripod on two legs if its social aspects were ignored. This article describes the findings of an e-mail survey on what consumers feel could be their contribution in working towards sustainability of water-wastewater networks. Along with money, materials, machines and methods, customer cooperation emerged as a valuable resource in the study.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp  28-31

Philatelic Tribute to Indian Scientists

Seemin Rubab

 

THE announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson created a bang recently. The fact that one of the most remarkable scientific discoveries in recent times had an Indian name associated with it – ‘boson’ – was indeed heart warming.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 32-35

Aircraft On Water!

Arnab Chatterjee

 

Amphibious aircraft, which can operate both on land and water, could soon become increasingly popular due to the growing amount of air traffic in today’s airports and due to their operational versatility.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September  2012, pp 45-48

Talking of Language

Madhav Vishnubhatt

 

Why do human societies have language? Is there a “language organ” in human beings? What led to the evolution of human languages?

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp  53-55

Unique Organisms

A. Krishna Murthy & V. Pranitha

 

The word “unique” according to the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary (8th edition, 2010) means “only one of its kind” or very special. Some animals fall under this category. They are so special that they stand apart from the rest.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, September 2012, pp 56-57

Nuclear Truth at Narora
V.K. Joshi
 

THE all too common perception of a nuclear power plant as a radiation-spewing demon needs to change. A country such as ours needs power to develop and prosper.