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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER  1                                            January   2012

 

CONTENTS
 
 

 

COVER STORY

 

Women in Space!

Rakesh Shukla

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

Female Stars in the Galaxy of Science

S.G. Seetharam

 

 

14

Women as Science Communicators

Parul R. Sheth

 

20

Indian Beaches Under Threat!

Pravin Gawli

32

Chemistry Education in the 21st Century

A.K. Bakhshi & Vimal Rarh

 

 

38

Beauty of the Pyramid

Purab Pal

 

 

45

Batting – More Than Just Scoring Runs

G. Venkatesh

 

 

54

IN CONVERSATION

Interview with Prof. Geetha Bali, General President, 99th Indian Science Congress

18

REPORTS

National Consultation on Women’s Movement &Technology

 

Training for Young Researchers on

“Large Carnivore Ecology and Habitats”

 

 

16

 

 

35

SHORT FEATURE

Lives of Scientists

Ravindra Vaze                                                                                    

 

26

 

 

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

SPECTRUM        

28

POINT-COUNTERPOINT

 

43

 

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

53

FUN QUIZ

58

WHAT’S NEW

60

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 8-13

Women in Space!

Rakesh Shukla

The contributions of women to the history of space exploration have inspired generations of young girls to dream of becoming astronauts. Besides, women astronauts also hold an edge biologically over their male counterparts.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 14-15

Female Stars in the Galaxy of Science

S.G. Seetharam

 

“Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” - Charlotte Whitton

 

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 20-22

Women as Science Communicators

Parul R. Sheth

 

Women have an edge when it comes to communication in speech as well as in actions. Therefore, women could also be great science communicators and this quality needs to be harnessed.

                                                                      

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 32-34

Indian Beaches Under Threat!

Pravin Gawli

 

Natural processes have the ability to alter the shape and size of a beach. Human actions further accentuate these changes. But sometimes the solutions could lead to new problems.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 38-42

Chemistry Education in the 21st Century

A.K. Bakhshi & Vimal Rarh

 

A critical look at the state of chemistry education in the country.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 45-48

Beauty of the Pyramid

Purab Pal

 

The pyramid shape holds significance in several spheres of life. Here’s how.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, January 2012, pp 54-57

Batting – More Than Just Scoring Runs

G. Venkatesh

 

WHILE any cricket coaching manual will teach you how to bat, there is no substitute to going out there and doing it yourself. This article restricts itself to what you would not find in most coaching manuals – the physics underlying the basics of batting. Readers with a science/engineering background would appreciate this analysis.