SCIENCE REPORTER

 

ISSN: 0036-8512

   
VOLUME 40

 NUMBER 5

 MAY 2003

 

 

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

Virtually real!                                                                                                     9

Kumar Ujjwal

 

ARTICLES

Mercury’s Journey Across the Sun                                                                     28

N. Rathasree

Mushroom Magic                                                                                           52

Yash Gupta and S. Dayal

 

FICTION

Thicker Blood                                                                                                42

Siddharth Pillai

 

COLUMNS

HEALTH: Community Noise—A Public Hazard                                             22

SCIPROJECT: Let’s Make a Thermometer                                                      25

CAREER: Bioinformatics—Preparing for Tomorrow                                      26

PERSONALITY: Truly Universal—James Clerk Maxwell                                 45

BIOPROFILE: Precious Poppy                                                                      56

 

DEPARTMENTS

READERS WRITE                                                                                         4

IN FOCUS                                                                                                     5

ENTERTAINMENT ARENA                                                                      16

SPECTRUM                                                                                                 18

FACT FILE

• Star Watch: Constellation Leo                                                                       31

• Ingenious Inventions: Calculating Wonder                                                      32

• Herbal Healers: Astounding Aswagandha                                                       33

• Safe Sanctuaries: Chilika—Haven for Birds                                                     34

CROSSWORD                                                                                             35

SKY CORNER                                                                                            36

PUZZLE CORNER                                                                                    40

DID YOU KNOW?                                                                                    48

HOW?                                                                                                        50

WHY?                                                                                                         51

HUMOUR                                                                                                  60

QUIZ TIME                                                                                               62

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 40, May 2003, pp 9-15, 59

 

 

Virtually Real!

Kumar Ujjwal

 

Communication technologies had already shrunk the world. By further eliminating distance, Virtual Reality has opened up innumerable exciting possibilities. The article takes a look at this wonderful technology.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 40, May 2003, pp 28-30

 

 

Mercury’s Journey Across the Sun

N. Ratnasree

 

The month of May is full of exciting events for the sky enthusiasts. The article details some of them.

 

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 40, May 2003, pp 52-55

 

 

Mushroom Magic

Yash Gupta and S. Dayal

 

Mushrooms mean tasty meals, menace, money and medicine all in one. The article dwells on the qualities of these fungi.