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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  5                                                         May  2012

 

CONTENTS
 

 

COVER STORY

 

Last Transit of Venus in the 21st Century

K. Smiles Mascarenhas

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Shoot the ‘Never Again’ Transit of Venus 2012

Debasis Sarkar

 

 

 

15

Facebook and Twitter – Keeping Tabs on Diseases

Geetha Sugumaran

 

19

Unsung Heroes in the History of Science

Dipanwita Sengupta, Kavya Sangu & Madhab K. Chattopadhyay

 

31

Schizophrenia – The ‘Stalker’ in the Head

Shoa Abbas Naqvi

 

46

A Sports Gallery for Science Enthusiasts

Ashni Kumar

 

53

REFLECTIONS

Human Beings on way to Extinction?

Jayaditya Purkayastha

28

SHORT FEATURES

It’s Siesta Time!

Moumita Patra                                                                        

 

 

44

FICTION

The Radio

Haridas Panicker

 

                       

 

35

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

26

 

CARTOONS

39

BOOK REVIEW

40

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, May 2012, pp 8-13

Last Transit of Venus in the 21st Century

K. Smiles Mascarenhas

Planet Venus is fast approaching the Sun for a rendezvous on the 6th of June 2012. If you miss it, you will have to wait till the year 2117!

 

 

Vol. 49, May 2012, pp 15-18

Shoot the ‘Never Again’ Transit of Venus 2012

Debasis Sarkar

Interested in capturing the Venus transit? Here are a few tips.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, May 2012, pp 19-22

Facebook and Twitter – Keeping Tabs on Diseases

Geetha Sugumaran

Social media are even emerging as powerful data sources providing near real-time data to predict disease outbreaks.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, May 2012, pp 31-34

Unsung Heroes in the History of Science

Dipanwita Sengupta, Kavya Sangu & Madhab K. Chattopadhyay

There are many examples of scientists making seminal contributions to their field and yet remaining unrecognised.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, Mayh 2012, pp 44-45

It’s Siesta Time!

Moumita Patra

It is known by many names – Vama Khukshi in Sanskrit, Bhaat-ghum in Bengali, Siesta in Spanish. However, it is most popular as the “Power Nap”.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, May  2012, pp 46-48

Schizophrenia – The ‘Stalker’ in the Head

Shoa Abbas Naqvi

Schizophrenics suffer from a cluster of symptoms that range from self destructive to sometimes violent behaviour. It is for people in the vicinity to detect the cause, as early detection and medication can help improve the life of the sufferer.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, May 2012, pp 53-56

A Sports Gallery for Science Enthusiasts

Ashni Kumar

Seeing sports through a scientific lens at the Pushpa Gujral Science City Kapurthala