Earlier this week, at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Japanese Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka made a rather funny confession: For a while he suffered from a syndrome which he calls PAD. Post America Depression is a condition most good researchers experience when they leave the thriving and competitive world of American […]
When cancer knocks at one’s door, pretty much like a dreaded guest, one doesn’t know the extent of the dread immediately. As the guest settles in, the unpleasantness unravels. It’s somewhat similar feeling with cancer diagnosis. One doesn’t know if it’s a deadly form of cancer and in what stage; what will be the prognosis; […]
The Indian Science Congress turns 100. How relevant is it today?
If you are a Facebook denizen, or a Twitter aficionado, you are in for some surprises. Gender and age dynamics run deep, perhaps deeper than you thought, on social networks. If you are a guy, take heart: Men are 49 percent more influential than women. Women, take comfort in the fact that you are able […]
Itâ€™s a provocative question, I admit. And those who swear by examples of frugal engineering that India has championed would scoff at it. And if you know that JC Bose was the first in the Indian sub-continent to be granted a US patent in 1904, and that the first Indian scientist to start a company […]