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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby

Washington Examiner reviews the upsides and downsides of eliminating paper currency

Recently, the Washington Examiner columnist Mr. Kevin Cochrane in an eminently readable article reviewed the upsides and downsides in eliminating paper currency (WE, March 9). He reveals that Kublai Khan who invaded China introduced paper money, started a postal system … Continue reading

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Unnatural deaths in atomic energy: new wine in an old bottle!

On December 4, 2016, SundayGuardianLive published a report titled “Atomic energy department saw 70 unnatural deaths in eight years “. This news story is similar to a report which appeared in The Times of India in Sept 2014. It is … Continue reading

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Carbon footprint of your sofa, Festival meal

  Recently, the Scientific American journal reported that  normally the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide is at its minimum in September. However, in September this year, it has peaked at 400 parts per million (ppm). The journal quoted scientists as … Continue reading

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Proper communication in medicine

Proper communication in medicine Proper communication is vital in any field. There is ample scope for changing what we communicate and how we do it based on proper feedback. This effort may  appear to be thankless; however it will be … Continue reading

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How Researchers Found That Tourists Accidentally Carried a Superbug from India to Paris

The Wire has published this article on line on October 16, 2016 MRSA develops resistance fast enough to keep specialists developing more effective antibiotics, and it is worrying that international travellers may be carrying the bacterium around. The most difficult, thankless and … Continue reading

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All about baking soda

For the past several days, I have abstained from reading any worthwhile article.I have voluntarily avoided using the internet.I was away in Kerala attending a wedding.I came back today to my favourite pastime. Yes,  I have an enormous amount of … Continue reading

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After all, antibacterial soaps may not be more beneficial than ordinary soap

  The latest issue of the Scientific American (Sept 2, 2016) highlighted the recent decision of the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration  on banning 19 active ingredients in antibacterial soaps. It revealed that “the ruling, 40 years in the making, caps … Continue reading

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