Why Asian and African researchers don’t pursue entrepreneurial dreams

  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 […]

A Letter to the Prime Minister: Saving Science from Scientists

Dear Mr Prime Minister, I know corruption cases, policy logjams, and a slowing economy preoccupy you these days but I’d still like to draw your attention to the plight of Indian science, rather scientists, because in any knowledge economy scientists and engineers form the bedrock on which long-term edifices are built. Though I’d also like […]

How Influential are you on Facebook, Twitter?

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 […]

Key to Aging Well: Let go of Regret

 At one level, some would say, this is tautology. Aging and letting go have always been synonymous. At another, this would look defeatist, especially at a time when people are taking up professional challenges way past their prime and well into their 60s and 70s. Perhaps it’s for this reason that there’s been a surge […]

When the Best Malaria Drug Starts Losing Power

Good things don’t last very long they say. Artemisinin, the plant-derived compound that has today become the best drug for malaria has started losing its effectiveness. Two new reports published today in Science and The Lancet show that the most deadly species of malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) is becoming resistant to artemisinin-based drugs and the […]