Articles outside Bodhi tagged "Science & Education"

T5E: Let Them Eat Cake
The present fee hikes and the direction of higher education policy have a definite slant towards the ideology that education is a commercial venture. For now, state subsidies are being viewed akin to an oil subsidy, to be gradually phased out. This is not different from the standard privatization doctrine with the exception that the governing body of the institute might still be under the central Government. T5E discusses recent the fee hike, especially the near-100% hike in the B.Tech tuition fee.

3 years

The New York Times: Chasing the Higgs Boson
At the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, two armies of scientists struggled to close in on physics' most elusive particle. Dennis Overbye writes in the New York Times.

3 years

IHEU: New global report on discrimination against the nonreligious
The International Humanist and Ethical Union report focusing on how countries around the world discriminate against non-religious people. Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-religious has been published to mark Human Rights Day, Monday 10 December.

4 years

Madhyamam Weekly: ന്യൂട്രിനോയെ ആര്‍ക്കാണ് പേടി?
ന്യൂട്രിനോപ്പേടി കേരളത്തില്‍ പടരുകയാണ്. പശ്ചിമഘട്ടത്തിന്‍െറ കിഴക്കേ ചരിവില്‍, തമിഴ്നാട്ടിലെ തേനിക്കടുത്തുള്ള തേവാരത്തെ പൊട്ടിപ്പുറത്തുനിന്ന് തുടങ്ങി, 2.4 കി.മീ. നീളത്തില്‍ പശ്ചിമഘട്ടത്തിനുള്ളിലേക്ക് ഒരു ടണല്‍ തുരന്ന്, ഉപരിതലത്തില്‍നിന്ന് 1.3 കിലോമീറ്ററോളം താഴെ ഒരു വലിയ ന്യൂട്രിനോ നിരീക്ഷണ നിലയം സ്ഥാപിക്കാന്‍ ഒരുങ്ങുന്നു എന്നതാണ് പേടിക്കു കാരണം.

4 years

: Hall of Shame: On a Hindutva Apologist’s Recent Lectures at IIT Madras
If one wonders why Indian science and technology did not progress the way it should have, one need not look far. A nation whose premier institutes themselves succumb to such narrow nationalistic pride, bigotry and the endemic disease of lack of integrity, shouldn’t dare to aspire a higher stature. Let it be underlined that the purpose of this article is not to question the proven mathematical, astronomical, medicinal, metallurgical achievements from ancient India. Far from it, the intended purpose is to bring attention towards the need to keep vigil on such hollow propagandists who taint every bit of achievement through a combination of huge exaggerations and outright falsehoods. The larger question of allowing space for such hate-mongering, cultural supremacists whose only credit is a good memory of Sanskrit verses, in secular national institutes remains. If this trend continues, we should better change the name of IIT to Indian Ignoramus Technocrats."

4 years

Climate & Capitalism: Is human behavior controlled by our genes?
“Failing to take class division into account is not simply a political bias. It also distorts how we look at human evolution as intrinsically bio-social and human biology as socialized biology.” - Richard Levins reviews ‘The Social Conquest of Earth’

4 years

The New York Times: 9 Scientists Receive a New Physics Prize
Physicists are rarely wealthy or famous, but a new prize rewarding research at the field’s cutting edges has made nine of them instant multimillionaires.

4 years

Guardian: What is the Higgs boson? [Video]
Scientists at Cern, the Geneva-based European laboratory for particle physics, are revealing their latest findings in their search for the Higgs boson. Guardian's science correspondent Ian Sample explains what a Higgs boson is, how Cern physicists are looking for it, and why it matters if they find it.

4 years

Personal Blog: അലന്‍ ട്യൂ­റി­ങ്ങ്
ഇരു­പ­താം നൂ­റ്റാ­ണ്ടി­ലെ വി­പ്ല­വ­ക­ര­മായ ഒരു കണ്ടു­പി­ടി­ത്ത­മാ­യി­രു­ന്നു കമ്പ്യൂ­ട്ട­റു­ക­ളെ­ന്ന­തു് തര്‍­ക്ക­മി­ല്ലാ­ത്ത വസ്തു­ത­യാ­ണു്. മനു­ഷ്യ­മ­ന­സ്സി­നെ ഒരു യന്ത്ര­ത്തി­ലേ­യ്ക്ക് പകര്‍­ത്താ­മോ, അതിനെ മനു­ഷ്യ­ബു­ദ്ധി­ക്കു സമാ­ന­മായ കഴി­വു­ള്ള­താ­ക്കി­മാ­റ്റാ­മോ എന്ന അന്വേ­ഷ­ണ­ത്തി­ന്റെ ആദ്യ­ത്തെ വി­ജ­യ­ക­ര­മായ ഉത്ത­ര­ങ്ങ­ളാ­ണു് കമ്പ്യൂ­ട്ട­റു­ക­ളാ­യി നമ്മു­ടെ ജീ­വി­ത­ത്തില്‍ ഇടം പി­ടി­ച്ചി­രി­ക്കു­ന്ന­തു്. ഈ അന്വേ­ഷ­ണ­ത്തി­ന്റെ ചരി­ത്രം അന്വേ­ഷി­ക്കു­ന്ന ആര്‍­ക്കും അലന്‍ ട്യൂ­റി­ങ്ങ് അസാ­മാ­ന്യ ശാ­സ്ത്ര­പ്ര­തി­ഭ­യെ മറ­ക്കാ­നാ­വി­ല്ല.

4 years

The Nature: Scientists attempt to correct themselves in faster-than-light neutrino measurement
The OPERA collaboration, which made headlines in September with the revolutionary claim that it had clocked neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light, has identified two possible sources of error in its experiment. If true, its initial result would have violated Einstein’s special theory of relativity, a cornerstone of modern physics.

5 years

The Caravan: Unnatural Selection
The story behind India’s missing girls lays bare a global history of population control. An excerpt adapted from Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl that came in the Caravan Magazine.

5 years

Open Magazine: Not as Old as You Think
Yoga is not as old as you think..nor very Hindu either. Meera Nanda writes about telling evidence to debunk this nationalistic myth.

5 years

Discover Magazine: Physics and the Immortality of the Soul
Claims that some form of consciousness persists after our bodies die and decay into their constituent atoms face one huge, insuperable obstacle: the laws of physics underlying everyday life are completely understood, and there’s no way within those laws to allow for the information stored in our brains to persist after we die. If you claim that some form of soul persists beyond death, what particles is that soul made of? What forces are holding it together? How does it interact with ordinary matter?

5 years

The Hindu: Malayalam's Wiki warrior
Santosh Thottingal has done wonders for Malayalam computing. He is the only Indian on Wikipedia's recently-expanded language committee.

5 years

Personal Blog: Javed Akhtar's Speech on Spirituality at 2005 India Today Conclave
I am quite sure ladies and gentlemen, that in this august assembly nobody would envy my position at this moment. Speaking after such a charismatic and formidable personality like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is like coming out of the pavilion to play after Tendulkar has made a sparkling century. But in some weak moment I had committed myself.

5 years

Frontline: Was there a renaissance in India?
Historian K. N. Panikkar says many of the ills of contemporary Indian society can be traced to the unfinished agenda of the Indian renaissance.

6 years

Current Science: A statistical test of astrology
This paper by Jayant V. Narlikar, Sudhakar Kunte, Narendra Dabholkar and Prakash Ghatpande describes a recent test conducted in Maharashtra to test the predictive power of natal astrology.

6 years

Workers' Forum: ഒഴിവാക്കാവുന്ന ദുരന്തങ്ങള്‍
അന്ധവിശ്വാസങ്ങളെ നേരിട്ട് ആക്രമിച്ചാല്‍ അത് ഏശില്ല. പക്ഷേ അതിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനമായിട്ടുള്ള വസ്തുതകളിലേയ്ക്കു ശാസ്ത്രത്തിന്റെ വെളിച്ചം വീശിക്കാണിക്കാന്‍ പറ്റും. യക്ഷികള്‍ ഇല്ല എന്നു പ്രസംഗിക്കുന്നതിനു പകരം തെരുവു വിളക്കുകള്‍ സ്ഥാപിക്കാം. ഇരുട്ടിന്റെ മേഖലകള്‍ കുറയ്ക്കാം. - ആര്‍ വീ ജീ മേനോന്‍

6 years

The New Yorker: The Truth Wears Off
Is there something wrong with the scientific method?

6 years

Janayugam: ഡോ. സി ആര്‍ സോമന്‍: മുന്‍പേ പറന്ന പക്ഷി
അധ്യാപകന്‍, ഗ്രന്ഥകാരന്‍, പ്രഭാഷകന്‍, കോളമിസ്റ്റ്, ആക്ടിവിസ്റ്റ് എന്ന നിലകളില്‍ അനുപമമായ വ്യക്തിയായിരുന്ന ഡോ. സി ആര്‍ സോമനെ ഗീത.ആര്‍ അനുസ്മരിക്കുന്നു. ജനയുഗം ഓണ്‍ലൈനില്‍ നിന്ന്.

6 years

Guardian: Heavy Ions collide in Large Hadron Collider
In simple language, how does the recent experiment on heavy ion collision in CERN LHC differ from earlier experiments using LHC?

6 years

Science News Agencies: A kilogram is not a kilogram
The reference for kilogram - a 130-year-old platinum-iridium cylinder maintained at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France changes its mass slightly over time.

6 years

Science News Agencies: Our solar system is not alone.
Nearly one in four stars like the sun could have Earth-size planets, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study of nearby solar-mass stars.

6 years