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VOLUME 49                                                       NUMBER 10                                                          October  2012

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

CSIR@70 -- Insight into India ’s Largest R&D Organization!

 

8

FEATURE ARTICLES

India at Google Science Fair 2012

Sumit Singh Yadav, Rohit Fenn and Raghavendra Ramachandran

 

 

 

19

Hortus Malabaricus

Celebrating the Tricentennial of a Botanic Epic

Biju Dharmapalan

 

Conference of Parties (CoP 11) – Major Event in India

Biba Jasmine

 

26

 

 

 

29

Who won at London 2012?

Gangan Prathap

 

33

XNA – New Twist in Molecular Genetics

Geetha Sugumaran

 

The Metaphorical Brain

Arvind Kumar

 

38

 

 

45

SHORT FEATURES

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow… The Choice is Yours

Aasifa Gulzar

                                                                       

Meat Without Slaughter!

M.S.S. Murthy

           

 

 

54

 

 

56

REPORT

Nurturing Scientific Creativity in Young Minds

Wafia Masih

42

FICTION

Alive or Dead

Niranjan Sinha

           

 

36

DEPARTMENTS

 

REACTIONS

6

EDITORIAL        

7

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

24

PUZZLE CORNER

50

 

WHAT’S NEW

53

 

FUN QUIZ

58

CROSSWORD

61

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 8-17

CSIR@70 -- Insight into India’s Largest R&D Organization!

Ms Vrishali Subramanian and Hasan Jawaid Khan

 

A journey back in time tracing the foundation rise, and myriad achievements of the Council of Scientific, & Industrial Research.

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 19-22

India at Google Science Fair 2012

Sumit Singh Yadav, Rohit Fenn and Raghavendra Ramachandran

 

The Google Science Fair is a prestigious online international science competition for young people in the 13-18 year age group. Three Indian projects made it to the top ten finalists at the Google Science Fair this year, held at San Francisco in July 2012.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 26-28

Hortus Malabaricus

Celebrating the Tricentennial of a Botanic Epic

Biju Dharmapalan

 

Hortus Malabaricus is a truly gargantuan effort at knowledge building about the Malabar region’s rich flora across various kinds of experts, countries and time. Complied by the Dutch Governor of Cochin in the 1600s, and translated into contemporary taxonomy by Prof. K.S. Manilal, the meticulous chronicle remains relevant even today.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 29-32

Conference of Parties (CoP 11) – Major Event in India

Biba Jasmine

 

The eleventh Conference of Parties is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from 1-19 October 2012. The prestigious event signifies India’s commitment to biological diversity and could give a fillip to the call for holistic and integrated approaches to sustainable development that will guide humanity to live in harmony with nature.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 33-35

Who won at London 2012?

Gangan Prathap

 

AT Beijing 2008, the country with the most medals per capita was The Bahamas. It is interesting now to see of the 85 countries that won medals at London 2012 if this has changed.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 38-40

XNA – New Twist in Molecular Genetics

Geetha Sugumaran

 

The newly synthesized nucleic acid, Xenonucleic Acid, offers exciting possibilities in scientific research and understanding the bounds of what it means to be alive.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 45-48

The Metaphorical Brain

Arvind Kumar

 

The Human Brain is perhaps the most complex system known. Scientists have grappled with its complexity in various eras by choosing powerful and well-developed metaphors to guide their investigations. Let us take a look at some of these metaphors.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 54-55

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow… The Choice is Yours

Aasifa Gulzar

Nature has bestowed mankind hair that is the crown of our beauty. We spend a large part of our life grooming and styling our hair. No wonder hair spas and hair clinics are mushrooming everywhere and doing brisk business too. Hair has become a prized possession today. You neglect it at your own peril.

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 49, October 2012, pp 56-57

Meat With out Slaughter!

M.S.S. Murthy

In vitro cultured meat will address the growing demand for meat in the future, minus the cruelty inherent in producing it.