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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  8                                                          August  2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Mystery of Intelligence

Jyotsna Devi

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Beauty of Symmetry

Ritu Pasrija & Sunita Srivastava

 

 

 

19

Outsmarting the Superbugs!

M.S.S. Murthy

 

28

Pangong Lake – Surreal Beauty

Hasan Jawaid Khan

 

32

Little Winged Devils

Swapan Kumar Rudra

 

42

When Black Holes Merge…

Lambodara Mishra

 

 

46

Add Colour to Your Surroundings

Grow Annuals and Shade Loving Plants

P.P. Paul

 

53

FICTION

The Messenger

V. M. Vivek Mohan

                       

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

CARTOONS

27

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

40

 

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 8-14

Mystery of Intelligence

Jyotsna Devi

 

With regard to your intelligence, you may be called bright, sharp, and quick, or slow, dull and even stupid. But what, precisely, is intelligence? What are its dimensions? Is intelligence innate or acquired?

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 19-22

Beauty of Symmetry

Ritu Pasrija & Sunita Srivastava

 

Nature loves symmetry; it is also an indispensable part of every field of study.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 28-31

Outsmarting the Superbugs!

M.S.S. Murthy

 

Superbugs have evolved into a serious community health problem. Will we be able to conquer the menace that we have ourselves created through the indiscriminate use of antibiotics? Scientists are working hard to accomplish this.

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 32-34

Pangong Lake – Surreal Beauty

Hasan Jawaid Khan

 

Pangong Lake – the highest saltwater lake in the world – is situated in Ladakh. The lake mesmerises one and all with its shimmering beauty. But with tourist inflow increasing over the years, how long will this region be able to preserve its exquisite beauty?

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 42-45

Little Winged Devils

Swapan Kumar Rudra

 

Mosquito, a two-winged ‘little fly’, can be a menace to humankind. In addition to causing blood loss, they transmit diseases like malaria, filaria, dengue, chikungunya, and Japanese encephalitis. There is incredible diversity in the mosquito family. Can you recognize the little devils around you?

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August  2012, pp 46-48

When Black Holes Merge…

Lambodara Mishra

 

What happens when two black holes merge? The details are of great astrophysical significance. The answer to this complex question has been elusive for more than forty years. Only lately have physicists been able to obtain the first answer to this question.

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, August 2012, pp 53-56

Add Colour to Your Surroundings

Grow Annuals and Shade Loving Plants

P.P. Paul

 

Annuals and shade loving plants play a vital role in beautifying our homes and improving our environment.