Why Indian women scientists drop out

The other day, there was an interesting article in the Hindu on the subject of why women scientists drop out.  The article quoted two research papers, which tried to analyze why there were so few women scientists at the highest levels. The first is the one by Kanta Rani and Rajesh Luthra of CSIR’s human…

Bye, bye Moon. NASA cannot reach you

So the rumors  that have been swirling around the Internet for the last few days are true – Obama’s budget proposal does scrap NASA’s  Constellation progam – or in other words, NASA’s planned missions to the Moon and Mars.  The Ares rockets will be scrapped, and the space shuttle program only has five more flights…

How snoring spouses help your memory

Do you have a spouse or a roommate who snores? You are in luck. New research has found that if a certain sound plays while someone is learning something, and then that same sound plays while the person is sleeping, the person will remember better whatever he/ she was learning. The experiment itself sounds rather…

AIDS vaccine research by an Indian-American

Wouldn’t it be great if an Indian were to find a cure for AIDS?  Or if an Indian-American were to develop a vaccine to prevent AIDS? What if I were to tell you the latter could actually happen? As things stand, we know we don’t have a cure for AIDS, all we have are retroviral…

Journey to the edge

I am convinced that National Geographic  is completely dumbed down in the US and much worse than it is in India.   I only wonder why. The other day, they were showing a great documentary about the Beslan crisis in NatGeo in India. Over here, it was probably something like “Secrets of the Kung Fu Temple”.…

Chandrayaan-1 goes to the Moon

I was a child when India launched Rohini, and grew up hearing about Aryabhata and Bhaskara – I mean the satellites, not the ancient scientists and mathematicians they were named after. But I remember Rohini and SLV-3 all too clearly. My first memories of satellites involves that picture of SLV-3 at its launch – blue…

Asteroid hit Earth

At 10:47 EST last night, I was glad to note that I was still alive ;)? After all, the Earth had just survived being struck by an asteroid a minute ago. It was very comforting to read about the impending collision about five minutes before it happened.? I was even more relieved to find that…