Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: science

India would have been a dump for crackpot science had Modi not Nehru been its first leader

How much of Nehru’s India will be undone by Modi and his cronies remains to be seen. A demoralised and broken Congress opposition means that they are here to stay for long.

Don’t expect govt to promote scientific temper, scientists must take science to Indians

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to publish a great science magazine online. Making good video-based science programmes is not as expensive as you think.

Talk Point: Is India’s march for science political, necessary or just misinformed?

On 14 April, scientists and research scholars from at least 20 cities in India will join over 600 cities across the globe to March for Science. The effort is to encourage scientific temper among the masses in an era of misinformation and dearth of funding in science research.

The science behind the optical illusion that has gone viral on social media

Several photos have surfaced where identical copies of pictures of a road placed side-by-side look different. What causes our brain to misinterpret something like that?

Stephen Hawking was a trailblazer who tried to merge quantum physics & general relativity

"If we do discover a theory of everything… it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would truly know the mind of God."

Stephen Hawking leaves us with three important legacies

Hawking’s growing knowledge about the universe, loss of bodily control, and the fragility of life pushed him to take confident stands on subjects dear to him.

If Stephen Hawking was born in India, he’d have been a wasted genius, locked in an ashram

Hawking came to India in 2001 and we watched the Archaeological Survey of India go scurrying for makeshift ramps at Red Fort. It stirred our conscience.

Science can’t survive in the Hindu Rashtra, Satyapal Singh’s theory on Darwinism is proof

The political project of creating a Hindu Rashtra, where religion is a requirement for citizenship itself, necessitates an attack on science, history and art.

For 31 years after his death, Homi Bhabha’s office room was unoccupied

The secular condolence ceremony for Homi Bhabha of which no photographs were found has remained firmly etched in the scientists’ memory.

Sabotage or accident? The theories about how India lost nuclear energy pioneer Homi Bhabha

Bhabha died on this day in 1966, 3 months after he said India could make an atom bomb in 18 months. Was it sabotage? Or just an accident?

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World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.


Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.