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VOLUME 48                                          NUMBER   9                           SEPTEMBER  2011

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Saket Singh Kaurav

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

GAGAN—A New Dimension in Aircraft Navigation

M.S.S. Murthy & K.N. Suryanarayana Rao

 

 

13

 

The Most Consistent Test Batsman

Gangan Prathap

 

19

TRIPS—Fifteen Years and After

Archita Bhatta

 

23

Solar Power Tree

S. N. Maity

 

30

Of ‘Pachydermic’ Bondage!

R. Vathsala

32

Microbes in your Body!

Rakesh Mohan Hallen

 

38

Pierre Paul Broca: The Explorer in the Brain’s Maze

Koushik Roy

 

52

SHORT FEATURES

Listen to Bacteria Talk!

Devendra Dusane

 

Off Season Fruits in Poly-houses

Reshu Chaudhary & R.S. Sengar

 

Care For Your Eyes…Naturally

Namrta Choudhry, M.B. Siddiqui & Shazia

 

 

36

 

 

47

 

 

56

INTERVIEW

Dr. S. Krishnaswamy

Veteran Documentary Film Maker

Interviewed by Er Anuj Sinha

 

 

42

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

 

SPECTRUM       

16

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

26

 

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

40

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

FUN QUIZ

58

FAMILIAR FOSSILS                                                        

60

CROSSWORD                

62

  

   

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 8-12

Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Saket Singh Kaurav

 

21 July 2011 marked the end of an era—the era of the Space Shuttle. During the three decades of its existence, the Space Shuttle helped build the largest space station in history, revolutionized science with the launch of missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, and inspired generations who dreamt of riding the shuttle into the sky.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 13-15

GAGAN—A New Dimension in Aircraft Navigation

M.S.S. Murthy & K.N. Suryanarayana Rao

 

In the coming years pilots flying over the Indian air space need no longer depend solely upon the conventional ground-based radar systems for receiving navigational instructions.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 19-21

The Most Consistent Test Batsman

Gangan Prathap

 

To every Indian, Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest Test batsman that ever was. No doubt Bradman had a higher average. Recently, another Indian test batsman was in the news. Rahul “The Wall” Dravid became the second highest run-getter in Test cricket, ahead of Ricky Ponting and just behind Sachin.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 23-25

TRIPS—Fifteen Years and After

Archita Bhatta

 

The TRIPS agreement has not been able to deliver the benefits promised to developing countries, which now need to plan ways to ensure that strict IP regimes do not become a tool for pharma companies in developed countries to milk the poor in the developing world.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 30-31

                  Solar Power Tree

S. N. Maity

 

Here’s an idea for a Solar Power Tree that uses up very less land and yet generates much more energy from the sun’s rays.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 32-34

Of ‘Pachydermic’ Bondage!

R. Vathsala

 

Elephants are very social animals. They form close, lifelong relationships with their families. And when required, they help and comfort each other just as we do.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 36-37

Listen to Bacteria Talk!

Devendra Dusane

 

Bacterial communication opens up new avenues in managing environmental and medical related problems. Let’s try to decode the language of these tiny creatures and find out whether they are our friends or foe.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 38-39

Microbes in your Body!

Rakesh Mohan Hallen

 

Do we each have distinct microbial signatures at birth, or do they evolve as we age? And how much do they matter?

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 47-48

Off Season Fruits in Poly-houses

Reshu Chaudhary & R.S. Sengar

 

IF you are yearning for your favourite vegetable or fruit that is not available during the season, poly-houses could be the answer to your predicament.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 52-54

Pierre Paul Broca: The Explorer in the Brain’s Maze

Koushik Roy

 

It was almost 150 years ago that Pierre Paul Broca carried out pathbreaking researches on the human brain.

Science Reporter

Vol. 48, September 2011, pp 56-57

Care For Your Eyes…Naturally

Namrta Choudhry, M.B. Siddiqui & Shazia

 

OUR eyes are our windows to the world. This more than sums up the importance of eyes. Eyes provide us sight, without which life would lose most of its meaning. But how well are you caring for these wonderful gifts?