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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER 11                                                          November  2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Five Things to Know About the Higgs Boson

Vrishali Subramanian

 

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Intellectual Threads Weaving the Higgs Boson Discovery

Kajari Mazumdar

 

 

 

 

19

India’s CERN Connection

Atul Gurtu

 

24

Grids for Innovation

B.S. Jagadeesh and P.S. Dhekne

 

29

India in ALICE– A Journey to the Beginning of the Universe

Tapan K. Nayak, Sukalyan Chattopadhyay and Basanta K. Nandi

 

Gravitational Wave Observatory: Mega Science Project

Y. Bala Murali Krishna

 

35

 

 

 

 

44

The Kilogram is no Longer a Kilogram!

M.S.S. Murthy

 

 

53

SHORT FEATURES

The ‘Silver Hut’ Experiment

Deepak Dass & G. Bhaumik

                                                                       

REPORTS

National Meet on ‘ India at the Large Hadron Collider’

 

CSIR Celebrates its 70th Foundation Day                

 

 

56

 

 

 

14

 

16

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

40

 

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November 2012, pp 8-13

Five Things to Know About the Higgs Boson

Vrishali Subramanian

 

The LHC experiment stands out for being one of its kind and the most talked about in recent memory. Besides, there is plenty for India also to be proud about in this groundbreaking experiment.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November 2012, pp 19-22

Intellectual Threads Weaving the Higgs Boson Discovery

Kajari Mazumdar

How has man’s centuries’-long search for the fundamental particles and energies in nature led to this historic moment in science?

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November 2012, pp 24-27

India’s CERN Connection

Atul Gurtu

Indian scientists have made concrete contributions to research at this “Mecca of high energy physics” and look toward an even more significant role in the future. Here is an account of how India’s collaboration with CERN has evolved over time.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November  2012, pp 29-33

Grids for Innovation

B.S. Jagadeesh and P.S. Dhekne

Grids enable aggregation and sharing of resources belonging to autonomous organizations located in different countries. In this article, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva and the Synchrotron Facility at ESRF, Grenoble, France are considered as cases of how grids impact science.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November 2012, pp 35-38

India in ALICE– A Journey to the Beginning of the Universe

Tapan K. Nayak, Sukalyan Chattopadhyay and Basanta K. Nandi

 

Indian scientists are involved in a very exciting research program as part of the ALICE experiment at CERN since the last two decades. Components of the ALICE detector like the Photon Multiplicity Detector and Muon Spectrometer are products of Indian scientific and industrial excellence.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November  2012, pp 44-48

Gravitational Wave Observatory: Mega Science Project

Y. Bala Murali Krishna

 

India would soon be joining a global network of Gravitational Wave Observatories.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November  2012, pp 53-55

The Kilogram is no Longer a Kilogram!

M.S.S. Murthy

 

The ‘kilogram’ is being redefined. Read on to find out more.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, November  2012, pp 56-57

The ‘Silver Hut’ Experiment

             Deepak Dass & G. Bhaumik

 

Anyone who has done the Basic or Advance mountaineering course from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling, or for that matter anybody who has trekked up to the HMI base camp at Chowri Kang (4350 m), Sikkim would not have missed seeing the Silver Hut.