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There are few living scientists today who are known outside their field of work,  well recognized throughout the world and are an inspiration to students to take to science. That credit goes to Dr.Stephen Hawking, who has done phenomenal contribution to general theory of relativity, his work on Hawking radiation, our understanding on quantum mechanics and cosmology. The little bit of interest I developed in Physics, Cosmology was after I read Dr.Hawkings book “The Brief…

Shraddha, the Tamil theatre group have been running their new play “Hanuman” for last few days. Today was the last day in Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet and I didn’t miss it. The 90 minutes play “Hanuman” is a new genre for Tamil play, its story happens in Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the time of a failed rocket launch (wasting Rs.400 Crores) to a successful launch of a  indigenous cryogenic rocket. Hanuman was written…

Last week “The Economist” in its Intelligent life feature carried an interesting article titled “Some like it very hot”. It talks about extremophiles. Wikipedia defines them as “organism that thrives in physically or geochemically extreme conditions that are detrimental to most life on Earth”. This biological category was discovered only 40 years back. We seem to think, as the Human race we know everything to know about Planet Earth’s life forms and what’s left is…

In June 15th, 2011 issue of Bhavan’s Journal I read this article  “Placebo is better than Drugs” by Dr.B.M.Hegde. First thing I had to do was to do a Wiki search to learn what Placebo meant, it means “simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition”. Dr.Hegde is a internationally known Cardiology specialist with numerous…

Today Prof.A.G. Ramakrishnan from IISc, Bangalore posted an announcement in INFITT discussion group announcing openings for BE Graduates for Research Positions at Mile Lab, IISc, Bangalore. This caught my eye as the project described was exciting one involving software applications for visually challenged.  I am giving a link in this post to the announcement for the benefit of graduates inclined towards research who will find this position interesting. MILE Laboratory at Indian Institute of Science…