SCIENCE REPORTER

http://www.niscair.res.in; http://nopr.niscair.res.in

Total visitors: 6635 since 07-03-2012

ISSN: 0036-8512                                                                                               

VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  3                                            March 2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Insight into Kudankulam

Puneet Swaroop Pathak

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Ants: Superorganisms of the World!

Himender Bharti

 

 

19

Leprosy—Hidden Disease?

Bam Deo Pandey & Kunwar Sahab Singh

 

27

Evolution of Sex

K. Venkataraman

 

34

Prof. ShonluAn Amazing Creation

Koushik Roy

40

Popular Science Writing in Bengali – Past and Present

N. C. Mondal

 

43

Cool Buildings

Atish Mozumder

 

53

SHORT FEATURES

Dr P.K. Iyengar: A Doyen Among Scientists

K.S. Parthasarathy

 

Animals in Human Health Care

A. Krishna Murthy & V. Pranitha

 

           

 

 

 

30

 

 

32

FICTION

Nonto XOX from Planet Hubrubia

Rama Ramesh

                       

 

46

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

SPECTRUM

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

38

CARTOONS

42

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

WHAT’S NEW

56

 

REPORT

57

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March 2012, pp 8-15

Insight into KudankulAm

Puneet Swaroop Pathak

Tarapur, Kalpakkam, Rawatbhata, Narora, Kakrapar, and Kaiga are places where some of the country’s nuclear power plants are situated.  The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, the world’s most advanced and the country’s largest Nuclear Power Plant, promises to deliver electricity to the southern grid.

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March 2012, pp 19-23

Ants: Superorganisms of the World!

Himender Bharti

 

In this human dominated biosphere, ants share a place unparalled by any form of life, which our human species have now started to reckon with.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March 2012, pp 27-29

Leprosy—Hidden Disease?

Bam Deo Pandey & Kunwar Sahab Singh

 

Despite integrating leprosy with the general health services under dermatology departments of district hospitals in India and the involvement of the World Health Organisation, World Bank, and other organizations, its incidence is alarming.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March  2012, pp 30-31

Dr P.K. Iyengar: A Doyen Among Scientists

K.S. Parthasarathy

 

Dr P.K. Iyengar, one of the pioneers who along with his team toiled tirelessly to place India in the once forbidden, exclusive nuclear club is no more. He was 80.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March 2012, pp 32-33

Animals in Human Health Care

A. Krishna Murthy & V. Pranitha

 

HUMANS have an intimate and inseparable relation with animals. Animals often are good sources of food. Pet animals offer comfort and companionship and even entertainment.

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March  2012, pp 34-35

Evolution of Sex

K. Venkataraman

 

Why did sex evolve? From the evolutionary point of view, sex is definitely an inefficient way to reproduce, but it acts as a safeguard against extinction.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March  2012, pp 40-41

Professor ShonkuAn Amazing Creation

Koushik Roy

 

The name of that phenomenal sci-fi character, chiselled by Satyajit is Professor Trilokeshwar Shonku, whose name might have been inspired by one of the gems in Chandragupta Vikramaditya’s Royal Court.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March   2012, pp 43-45

Popular Science Writing in Bengali – Past and Present

N. C. Mondal

 

The Bengali language is a rich repository of science writing. Here’s a look at some of the magazines, books and science writers in Bengali.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, March  2012, pp 53-55

Cool Buildings

Atish Mozumder

 

Long back, buildings were made to be naturally cool and lighted up. Can we design our buildings today in such a manner to conserve energy?