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The old order changeth

Across the road from my house, stood a two storied old house, built in 1930’s. Sometime back, the owners decided to sell off the property. Later, the new owners wanting to construct a commercial building at the spot, decided to demolish the old house. The day, the labourers started to work their sledge hammers on … Continue reading

Lost and Found on Mars

European Space Agency (ESA) had launched a spacecraft named as “Mars Express.” on June 2, 2003, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, using a Soyuz-FG/Fregat rocket. The spacecraft was named as “express” considering the speed and efficiency with which the spacecraft was designed and built and also because it was expected to have the shortest interplanetary … Continue reading

North of Northeast Part XIII

(Continuedfrom part XII) I have a quick breakfast and our car leaves on highway 37 to west, to stop almost immediately near a cluster of shops selling Kaziranga souvenirs; tee shirts, little wooden rhinos and key chains. I buy a couple of tee shirts for the kids at home and a small wooden rhino that … Continue reading

A kick in the butt

After I completed my graduation year in Engineering, I did a short training stint in an organization that was called as “Electronics and Radar Developement Establishment (LRDE). This organization was under the umbrella of “Defence Research and Development Organization,” a behemoth that has today under it, 52 laboratories, five defence PSUs, four shipyards and 39 … Continue reading

Endangered Forest Owlet now sighted in Madhya Pradesh Jungles too!

There is more good news about a bird specie that was considered lost by ornithologists in India. Just a month ago I had reported that in the month of October 2014, Sunil Laad, a naturalist and former employee of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) had seen a forest Owlet in the Tansa sanctuary near Mumbai. … Continue reading

A Yellow Taj Mahal?

The Taj Mahal; a monument that is considered as the world’s greatest symbol of love, was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1653 as a mausoleum for his third and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child. This beautiful Mughal era building, consisting of domes and minarets has been … Continue reading

Allergies; a modern age nemesis

The World Allergy Organization (WAO) is an international umbrella organization whose members consist of 95 National Allergy Societies from around the world. They say that almost 40% of the globe’s population is genetically prone to severe allergic reactions. Coming nearer home, a comprehensive study in 2014 by a clinical laboratory brings out a grim picture … Continue reading

Killing two birds with one stone

India is a semi tropical country that gets plenty of sunlight. India’s landmass gets about 300 clear, sunny days every year. According to an estimate, India’s theoretical solar power reception, on only its land area, is about 5000 Petawatt-hours ( 10^15 watts x hours) per year. The daily average solar energy incident over India varies … Continue reading

North of Northeast Part XII

(Continuedfrom part XI) We leave the resort very early, even before dawn, so as to reach Kaziranga park entrance in time for our Elephant safari. Kaziranga park has been divided in four different ranges; Western or Baguri range, central or Kohora range, eastern or Agoratoli range and finally the distant Burapahar range. The park has … Continue reading

What’s in a label?

I first visited USA in 1980’s. During my visit, I did buy a few clothes for myself and my family, because they were very cheap and of exceptional quality. I had then noticed that each and every garment had a tag or a label. That was something new, because at that time, most of the … Continue reading

India building deep underground laboratory to study Neutrinos

We all know that all matter consists of atoms, which have a central nucleus and number of electrons. The nucleus is a cluster of two types of particles. A proton with a positive charge and a neutron, which is electrically neutral. Atoms of various elements differ from each other because they have different numbers of … Continue reading

A “Vedic” flying machine; Myth or Historic reality?

What is science? The word has originated from the Latin word scientia, meaning knowledge. Wikipedia defines it as a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about nature and the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge itself, … Continue reading

Unnecessary surgeries; a case of Trust deficit

Every evening, it has become a routine for me to visit a local sports club, where number of senior citizens like me get together. After a brisk walk on the jogging track, we all settle down in deck chairs in a circle and chat for an hour or so. One of the commonest topic is … Continue reading

100 days strong; good for years to come

Like a proud mother of a six month old bonny baby smiling in her lap, India’s Indian Space research organization also appears to be mighty pleased with their six month old healthy offspring; MOM or Mars orbiter. On new year’s day, MOM completed 100 successful days in the orbit of the red planet. I have … Continue reading

On New Year Resolutions

I am reminded of one little incident from my school days, when I must have been studying in sixth or seventh grade that year. During last week of December, our class teacher had asked all the boys (ours was ‘only for boys’ school) in the class to make New Year Resolutions to improve our lifestyles … Continue reading

New discovery of Buddhist sculptures near Taxila in Pakistan

Most of us must have read about “Taxila (Original Sanskrit name Takshasheela),” as one of the two great universities of ancient India. Wikipedia describes it as; “Takshashila became a noted centre of learning including the religious teachings of Hinduism at least several centuries BCE, and continued to attract students from around the old world until … Continue reading

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