SCIENCE REPORTER

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VOLUME 45                                                      NUMBER 10               OCTOBER 2008

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

MATHEMAGICAL BEAUTY OF NATURE                          

TIRTHARTHA CHATTOPADHYAY & SHEULI ROY

 

9

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

OSDD—TOWARDS AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

SUKANYA DATTA

 

14

SMART HOME—HOME OF THE FUTURE

MOHD. RIHAN

               

19

CSIR IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram

 

23

Bt Cotton: Tread With Caution

ABHISHEK D. GARG & DINKAR O. GARG

               

32

Why Do We Sleep?

SYED IBRAHIM RIZVI & KANTI BHOOSHAN PANDEY

 

37

SHORT FEATURES

Ř       Bioinformatics—Beginning of a New Era        

 

29

FICTION

Strange Tale of Dr Ravi Mohan

S.D. Dharkar                

44

 

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE

4

IN FOCUS           

5

SPECTRUM       

16

BIOPROFILE: The Virtuous Kadamba

40

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

36

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Do We Still Need Science Popularization Efforts in India Even After 60 Years of Scientific Pursuit?

 

 

47

 

 

FUN QUIZ

 

50

CROSSWORD   

52

STRANGE PLANTS: Crape Myrtles                                          

53

IN THE PICTURE

 

54

WHAT’S NEW                  

56

PUZZLE CORNER

60

HUMOUR          

62

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 9-13

MATHEMAGICAL BEAUTY OF NATURE

TIRTHARTHA CHATTOPADHYAY & SHEULI ROY

Nature is replete with examples of the golden ratio

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 14-15

 

OSDD—TOWARDS AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

SUKANYA DATTA

The Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) initiative of CSIR hopes to come up with new low-cost drugs that could tackle deadly diseases

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 19-22

 

SMART HOME—HOME OF THE FUTURE

MOHD. RIHAN

Get familiar with the nuts and bolts of Smart Homes

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 23-26

CSIR IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION

National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and

Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram

From a regional specific laboratory to a vibrant national institution, NIIST’s journey has been remarkable and its technologies have brought about widespread development in the region

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 32-35

Bt Cotton: Tread With Caution

ABHISHEK D. GARG & DINKAR O. GARG

There is a lot more that needs to be studied before Bt cotton

could really be hailed as a safe technology

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 October 2008, pp 37-39

 

Why Do We Sleep?

SYED IBRAHIM RIZVI & KANTI BHOOSHAN PANDEY

Sleep is a natural state of rest but the exact

purpose of sleep remains a mystery