Science & Health Reporting

Why don’t Indians win the Nobel prize? Hindustan Times, Big Story, October 9, 2005
A system steeped in bureaucracy has kept our scientists away from the most coveted award for decades. As part of this package, read, ‘Wanted: Critical Mass for Indian Science‘ and  ‘A Very Physical problem indeed

Indian denied Nobel Hindustan Times, October 15, 2005 (Exclusive)
Following the award of the Nobel prize to physicist Roy J. Glauber for his work on quantum optics, Indian scientists are peeved. They feel that compatriot E.C.G. Sudarshan, now at the University of Texas, should have shared the award, as he made the same discovery at around the same time.
Related stories: Nobel denial: Swedes petitioned (Hindustan Times, November 26, 2005) and ‘My work got Nobel, not me,’ (Hindustan Times, April 3, 2006)

R&D is the key to scientific edge: Interview with Kapil Sibal Hindustan Times, February 12, 2006
With American president George Bush identifying India and China as science competitors for the US, comparisons between the neighbours have never been sharper. Indian Science Minister Kapil Sibal clears the air by saying that we are doing better, higher quality science than China.

Delhi’s child psychiatrist problem Hindustan Times, February 11, 2007, Page 1
If you find your child needs to see a psychiatrist, brace yourself: you might not find a proper one. India’s capital has only two qualified child psychiatrists, according to the Delhi Psychiatric Society.

Why some children respond better to parenting Hindustan Times, March 21, 2007 (Top story: Life, The Universe and Everything)
In what could greatly enhance our understanding of the nature-nurture interaction in shaping a child’s behaviour, scientists at the University of Oregon, USA, have found that children with one particular form of a gene are more influenced by parenting than those who don’t have that special form of the gene. Michael I. Posner, professor emeritus of psychology at Oregon — renowned for his path-breaking work on functional brain imaging — and his colleagues have found that in the presence of a particular form of a gene called dopamine 4 receptor gene (DRD4), certain aspects of the child’s behaviour were significantly influenced by parenting. “In these cases, we found that parenting made a very big difference  — both in the child’s activity level and impulsivity,” Posner told the Hindustan Times.

Inside the mastermind Hindustan Times, April 8, 2007
It takes grit and gray matter to transform 38 acres of a forest, overrun by cattle and hostile villagers, into a national center for excellence in brain research. But for 53-year-old Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, the mastermind behind Manesar’s National Brain Research Center (NBRC), it’s all in a day’s hard work spread over the last seven years.

The buzz on malaria Hindustan Times, May 30, 2007
Two recent discoveries coming out of MIT Professor Subra Suresh’s lab could offer a novel method to treat malaria and lead to more effective diagnoses and treatments of bone diseases.

From Silicon Valley to organic farming Hindustan Times, June 23, 2007, Page 1 (read the turn here)
Ever since he switched to ploughing from programming and gobar cakes from CDs, 44-year-old Balaji Coomandur, a software professional until recently, has lost 20 pounds and a lot of work-related worries. Says the IIT-Madras graduate who had a burnout at 36 after working for software giants in Chennai, the Silicon Valley and Canada, “Working on the farm is so much more peaceful than dealing with people in the workplace.”

Plan to lure back NRI scientists has few takers Hindustan Times, August 18 2007 (Page 1)
It was meant to attract brilliant science and engineering brains from across the world, especially NRIs struck by patriotic fervor, to boost scientific research in the country. But two years after the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) prestigious Ramanujan fellowship was announced, only three NRI scientists have returned to the country. Another two are expected shortly.

Vegetarian below 40? Take care (Page 1) Hindustan Times, November 11, 2007
If you are vegetarian and 40 years of age or younger, make sure you get the right intake of B-vitamins, especially vitamin B12 — else you could be at the risk of suffering from a stroke. Ongoing research at the Bangalore-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has linked vitamin B deficiencies commonly seen in vegetarians, as well as genetic defects — that cause levels of a chemical called homocysteine to increase in the body — to the alarming incidence of strokes in young Indians.

How humans get bird flu Hindustan Times, January 6, 2008
In a breakthrough that dramatically alters our understanding of bird flu, an MIT team led by an IISc Bangalore alumnus has discovered just how the bird flu virus jumps to humans. The finding could aid the development of a vaccine to combat a potential bird flu pandemic.                    

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