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Fruit flies help scientists to win Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

Fruit flies continue to help scientists again. This time they help Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young to win The Nobel for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. A press release from The   Nobel Assembly at Karolinska … Continue reading

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Suffocation risk to children

Uninflated balloons and broken balloon pieces According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), of all children’s products, balloons are the leading cause of suffocation deaths. The commission warned parents and caregivers of young children about the suffocation hazard … Continue reading

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Dr. Homi Bhabha: a lover of trees, gardens, and flowers

On October 31, 2009, I published a PTI Feature titled “Dr. Homi Bhabha: a lover of trees, gardens, and flowers.”  I thought I must reproduce it now. The inspiration came from a facebook post from Dr. Manoj Sharma in response … Continue reading

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An open letter to Shri Achuthandan written in 2006

I am presently in Kerala for the past few days. Lack of rains  and lack of any type of help at home are the two not so new elements we face now. In 2006, in one of my earlier visits we … Continue reading

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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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