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VOLUME 43                                                      NUMBER 6                                       June 2006

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

VANSIHING VULTURES

ABHAY S.D. RAJPUT

 

9

INTERVIEW

“NEED FOR CAPTIVE BREEDING”

Interview With BRIJ KISHOR GUPTA

 

14

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

Pollutant Soaking Plants

DIPANJAN GHOSH

23

 

The Clean-up Microbes

 Shamlan Reshamwala

 

 

30

 

Disposing Plastics—A Menace on Islands

R. VENKATESAN

 

 

34

The Challenge of Solid Waste

R. D. TRIPATHI

 

39

FICTION

 

The Last Watch

SANGEETHA. P                            

 

44

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE  

4

IN FOCUS           

5

SPECTRUM       

16

HEALTH:  Assault on Hearing Must End                               

20

GREEN FILE: Polluting the Air   

28

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

38

JUNIOR SCIENTIST

 

KNOW YOUR BODY: Ear: Key to the sound of music and the sense of balance                

               

43

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: While astronomy is based on scientific studies, astrology is a belief system         

47

 

FUN QUIZ

 

 

50

CROSSWORD   

52

FASCINATING ANIMALS: Black rhino

53

DID YOU KNOW?: What on Earth!     

54

PUZZLE CORNER

60

HUMOUR          

62

 

 

 

 

  

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, June 2006, pp 9-13

Vanishing Vultures

ABHAY S.D. RAJPUT

The unexplained decline in the number of vultures is a cause of debate worldwide

 

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, June 2006, pp 14-15

IN CONVERSATION

“NEED FOR CAPTIVE BREEDING”

Interview with Dr Brij Kishor Gupta on several critical issues related to the decline in vulture populations and the need for captive breeding of vultures

 

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, June 2006, pp 23-26

 

Pollutant Soaking Plants

DIPANJAN GHOSH

Pollution affects plants and animals alike but there are some plants that are able to tackle this pollution

 

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, May 2006, pp 30-33

 

The Clean-up Microbes

Shamlan Reshamwala

The magical field of biotechnology is trying to empower microorganisms to fight pollution

 

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, May 2006, pp 34-36

 

Disposing Plastics—A Menace in Islands

R. VENKATESAN

Plastics stay in the environment for hundreds of years, leading to serious environmental and health roblems.

 

Science Reporter
Vol. 43, May 2006, pp 39-42

 

The Challenge of Solid Waste

R. D. TRIPATHI

Innovative strategies are needed to deal with solid waste to prevent it from causing problems