SCIENCE REPORTER

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VOLUME 45                                                      NUMBER 12               DecemBER 2008

CONTENTS

 

COVER STORY

 

200 Years of Dalton’s Atomic Theory

Pradip K. Datta

 

9

FEATURE ARTICLES

 

Deep Diving Sea Mammals—How do they Survive?

T.V. VENKATESWARAN

 

19

CSIR IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION

Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi                            

23

viral vanguards awarded the nobel

M.S.S. MURTHY

 

28

broken symmetry & green fluroesence fetch nobels

biman basu

 

30

Protective Coatings for Naval Platforms

DHIRENDRA KUMAR

 

34

SHORT FEATURES

·         Of Murder and Botanical Clues                                        

 

 

40

FICTION

The Old Man and his Children

Kamakshi Sharma

 

44

DEPARTMENTS

 

READERS WRITE

4

IN FOCUS           

5

REPORT

  • Soleckshaw—Rickshaw Goes Solar!

 

14

SPECTRUM       

16

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

37

FUN QUIZ

 

50

CROSSWORD   

52

STRANGE PLANTS:           Rain Plant             

53

IN THE PICTURE

 

54

WHAT’S NEW                   

56

PUZZLE CORNER

60

HUMOUR          

62

 

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 9-13

200 Years of Dalton’s Atomic Theory

Pradip K. Datta

Dalton’s theory, the theoretical foundation in chemistry, was put on

a solid foothold in a book published in 1808—almost 200 years ago!

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 19-22

 

Deep Diving Sea Mammals—How do they Survive?

T.V. VENKATESWARAN

How do the sea mammals survive the colossal pressure

and the lack of oxygen?

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 23-26

CSIR IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION

Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi

CRRI is the pioneering organisation working on design, construction

and maintenance of roads and runways, traffic and transportation planning

and design & rehabilitation of highway & railway bridges

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 28-31

 

viral vanguards awarded the nobel

M.S.S. MURTHY

Nobel Prize 2008 for Physiology & Medicine has gone to scientists

who discovered the human papilloma virus and the AIDS virus

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 30-33

broken symmetry & green fluroesence fetch nobels

biman basu

A report on this year’s Nobel Prize for physics and chemistry

 

Science Reporter

Vol. 45 December 2008, pp 34-36

Protective Coatings for Naval Platforms

DHIRENDRA KUMAR

For long-term maintenance and protection of naval platforms, organic

coatings have become a specialized field of coating technology