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Little Bits of the World in India

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All that we call foreign endures deep within the nation

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The Weakest Link

Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party was beginning to think that it had tied down the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the 2G scam, it reminded us of an old proverb: a chain is only as strong…

City Versus City No More

Even before its most recent upgrade in late 2008, the sporty Honda City led India’s compact sedan segment. First launched in 1998, the City has undergone several makeovers. By the time its latest ‘…

Buzzwords for 2010

AUSTERITY The word captures the cost cutting phenomenon that had gripped people following The Great Recession. PRAGMATIC What people want their leaders to be in tough times ...followed by words…

Suppressing Instinct Is Not Easy

It usually takes some effort to make yourself go against your instinct. Researchers at York University have located the area of the brain that lights up when you suppress an automatic reaction, such…

Tees Maar Khan

Farah Khan is a director with attitude. Her view is that movies are entertainment, period. Pretensions to higher meaning or art or aesthetics make no sense at all. This is fair enough as a…

Sony NEX-5

Without doubt, the world has moved away from film-based cameras. However, the SLR (single lens reflex) format cameras of that era continue to flourish even in these digital times. The only problem…

Why 98.6º F

Over the past few years, fears of the mass extinction of many species of frogs have proved alarmingly realistic. A fungal pathogen—chytridiomycosis—is responsible. In a 2007 paper, Australian…

Raza Returns to Pay a Debt

Lives and works in Paris and Gorbio, France. That’s a standard line, frequently used at the bottom of most of Syed Haider Raza’s profiles published across the world. However, that address is soon to…

The Ingenious Gene Analyst

A team of five researchers from the Bangalore-based Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) has designed a novel mobile-phone-like device that will make analysis of a person’s…

The Icecube Office

Going to office in this bitter cold in Delhi isn’t fun, but spare a thought for the scientists working at the IceCube, an observatory built in Antarctica. ‘Inside Antarctica’ is probably a more…