SCIENCE REPORTER

 

 

ISSN: 0036-8512

VOLUME 40

NUMBER 3

MARCH 2003

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

COVER STORY

Death in the Sky!                                                                                                     9

Sukanya Datta, Parvinder Chawla, Hasan Jawaid Khan & B. C. Sharma

 

ARTICLES

Electron Microscopy--Making Invisible Visible                                                         46

Sudip Dey

Will it Bounce?                                                                                                       52

G. Venkatesh

 

COLUMNS

HEALTH: Gum Disease – A Silent Killer                                                                 42

PERSONALITY: Jagjit Singh—In Memoriam                                                          44

BIOPROFILE: Sublime Sandalwood                                                                       56

 

DEPARTMENTS

READERS WRITE                                                                                                 4

IN FOCUS 5

ENTERTAINMENT ARENA                                                                               16

SCIENCE NEWS                                                                                                  17

SPECTRUM                                                                                                          24

HUMOUR                                                                                                             28

FACT FILE

• Star Watch: Constellation Gemini                                                                            31

• Ingenious Inventions: The Timekeepers                                                                   32

• Herbal Healers: Curative Calendula                                                                          33

• Safe Sanctuaries: Wild Ass National Park                                                                  34

CROSSWORD                                                                                                       35

SKY CORNER                                                                                                      36

PUZZLE CORNER                                                                                               40

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                               48

HOW?                                                                                                                   50

WHY?                                                                                                                    51

QUIZ TIME                                                                                                          62

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 40, March 2003, pp 9-15, 22-23

 

 

Death in the Sky!

Sukanya Datta, Parvinder Chawla, Hasan Jawaid Khan & B. C. Sharma

 

As the space shuttle Columbia came apart in a flash of explosion it once again brought worldwide attention to the perils of manned space flight. The article goes into the possible reasons behind the gruesome tragedy that killed all the seven astronauts on board.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

ol. 40, March 2003, pp 18-21

 

 

Electron Microscopy--Making Invisible Visible

Sudip Dey

 

With amazingly high magnification and resolving power, electron microscopy has had a key role in making revolutionary advances in biological sciences. The article discusses the principles behind electron microscopy and traces the technological developments in this field over the years.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 40, March 2003, pp 52-55, 60-61

 

 

Will it Bounce?

G. Venkatesh

 

The villain of the piece in the disastrous Indian tour of New Zealand was supposedly the pitch. The article throws light on the mysteries of the bouncing ball that depends much on the condition of the pitch, how pitch performance is rated and also the science that goes into clever swingers bowled by pace bowlers.