2016


  1. Why independent media is essential to good science journalism (December 30, 2016)
  2. In the most discussed research papers of 2016, an American skew (December 29, 2016)
  3. Seven of the fishiest ‘science’ claims Indians made in 2016 (December 27, 2016)
  4. Two papers by senior BARC scientist retracted on accusations of self-plagiarism (December 22, 2016)
  5. Erik Verlinde says we don’t need dark matter. His reasoning is more mysterious. (December 20, 2016)
  6. What is a headline’s relationship with an article about uncertainty? (December 19, 2016)
  7. Bad press? Why you shouldn’t blame journalists alone for exaggerated health news (December 17, 2016)
  8. The Wire has moved to HTTPS. This is why. (December 16, 2016)
  9. ISRO Mars Orbiter Mission’s methane instrument has a glitch (December 15, 2016)
  10. Has LIGO actually proved Einstein wrong – and found signs of quantum gravity? (December 14, 2016)
  11. Indian finding poses new challenge to Nobel-winning theory about superconductors (December 2, 2016)
  12. Review: ‘Arrival’, a new first-contact classic, is what ‘Interstellar’ failed to be (November 8, 2016)
  13. Blinded by its cow-urine craze, the government isn’t fostering good research practices (November 26, 2016)
  14. How India’s TeamIndus plans to put a rover on the moon next year (November 22, 2016)
  15. Finance ministry sends unclear signals about ink on new Rs 2000 notes (November 20, 2016)
  16. Remembering Kristallnacht, Hitler’s last pogrom before the Holocaust (November 10, 2016)
  17. Can a scientist working in India win a science Nobel by 2035? (November 6, 2016)
  18. Where does ISRO stand on the surgical strikes and silica aerogels? (October 27, 2016)
  19. How a giant telescope in Maharashtra helped track the fate of ExoMars lander (October 25, 2016)
  20. Fishy data from 1990s probe has scientists considering ‘hidden valleys’ in physics (October 23, 2016)
  21. The INO story is finally going somewhere, but not uphill (October 22, 2016)
  22. How scientists used an ultrafast laser to blow up water (October 21, 2016)
  23. Scientists shouldn’t always look for utility in the beauty of shapes (October 20, 2016)
  24. There’s plenty of room at the bottom – the Nobel chemistry laureates put a nanocar there (October 5, 2016)
  25. How the physics laureates used geometry to tame the very weird of the very small (October 4, 2016)
  26. Elon Musk unveils concept of how SpaceX will take humans to Mars (September 28, 2016)
  27. Seven reasons ISRO’s latest PSLV launch was significant (September 26, 2016)
  28. Haryana, please note: the lab test to check for beef works best if meat is uncooked (September 15, 2016)
  29. Four reasons you should pay attention to ISRO’s successful GSLV F05 launch (September 7, 2016)
  30. SpaceX didn’t lose just a Falcon 9 rocket in Cape Canaveral explosion (September 2, 2016)
  31. ISRO will test scramjet engine on August 28 (August 25, 2016)
  32. 50 years of the iconic first ‘Earthrise’ shot (August 23, 2016)
  33. The anomaly at Atomki: Have scientists really found a fifth force of nature? (August 17, 2016)
  34. ISRO plans return to Mars with Mangalyaan 2.0 (August 12, 2016)
  35. LUX and LHC haven’t found the particles they were looking for? No problem (August 8, 2016)
  36. Physicists downcast as new particle ‘spotted’ at LHC vanishes with more data (August 5, 2016)
  37. If we’re going to search for sanjeevani, this is how to do it (July 29, 2016)
  38. ‘Kabali’, a great Rajinikanth experience if you know what you’re looking for (July 23, 2016)
  39. University of Rajasthan silent over plagiarism claims against professor (July 22, 2016)
  40. ISRO plans scramjet engine test atop its heaviest sounding rocket in July (July 13, 2016)
  41. NASA Juno scientists keen on studying water on Jupiter (July 6, 2016)
  42. NASA Juno spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter after five-year journey (July 5, 2016)
  43. ISRO clears PSLV to launch sats into multiple orbits (June 29, 2016)
  44. How will Brexit impact science in the UK? (June 24, 2016)
  45. Five songs to remember Operation Barbarossa and the ecstasy of Hitler’s betrayal by, at 75 (June 22, 2016)
  46. NASA’s retro Mars-recruitment posters call for explorers (June 22, 2016)
  47. ISRO launches 36th PSLV mission with a record 20 satellites including CartoSat (June 22, 2016)
  48. LIGO detects second black hole merger, sets gravitational wave astronomy on its way (June 15, 2016)
  49. In lighting up our world, we are losing sight of others (June 10, 2016)
  50. The four newest elements in the Periodic Table have names (June 9, 2016)
  51. A microwave peek into our stellar neighbourhood (June 8, 2016)
  52. A universe out of sight (June 5, 2016)
  53. Patient profits and the global burden of curing Hep-C (June 1, 2016)
  54. What quelled the Harappans? Not a simple drought. (May 27, 2016)
  55. ISRO’s reusable launch vehicle: what happened and what next? (May 24, 2016)
  56. Like its name, X-Men: Apocalypse finds itself in the end (May 24, 2016)
  57. Why haven’t ISRO and the US signed their commercial space launch agreement yet? (May 23, 2016)
  58. What’s ISRO testing on May 23? (May 18, 2016)
  59. Siddhartha Mukherjee prepares us for a crucial moment in the history of the genome (May 17, 2016)
  60. Start of LHC’s 2016 run suffused with hopes of a new particle (May 16, 2016)
  61. India’s prospects for hosting the Thirty Metre Telescope (May 8, 2016)
  62. Not just tigers, our leopards are in trouble as well – and we’re ignoring them (May 6, 2016)
  63. Thirty-seven Indians among LIGO scientists to win Special Breakthrough Prize (May 5, 2016)
  64. Japan’s flagship astronomy satellite declared list (April 29, 2016)
  65. 10 iconic images to recall 26 years of the Hubble Space Telescope (April 24, 2016)
  66. Over half of India’s medical schools didn’t publish original research in 2005-2014 (April 23, 2016)
  67. We’ve become more ambitious about reaching Alpha Centauri – what changed? (April 13, 2016)
  68. Starshot, a billionaire’s new mission to get to Alpha Centauri in 20 years (April 13, 2016)
  69. NASA operators manage to bring K2 out of emergency mode (April 12, 2016)
  70. Appa Rao and coauthors to apologise for plagiarised paper in journal (April 12, 2016)
  71. Making a meal of invasive species can sometimes be a prickly issue (April 11, 2016)
  72. Govt. paper about IPR issues found to contain plagiarised text (April 10, 2016)
  73. Planet-hunting K2 spacecraft in trouble (April 9, 2016)
  74. Hyderabad University VC admits to plagiarism (April 5, 2016)
  75. ‘World class’ optical telescope, and India’s largest, to be activated near Nainital (March 30, 2016)
  76. LHC switches on for experiments in 2016 – what’s in the pipeline? (March 29, 2016)
  77. First demo that some future particle accelerators may be 100x smaller (March 24, 2016)
  78. All you need to know to get started on particle physics (March 21, 2016)
  79. Physicists excited as prospects for suspected new fundamental particle improve (March 19, 2016)
  80. Andrew Wiles wins 2016 Abel Prize for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem (March 8, 2016)
  81. Machine beats human at a complex boardgame – but don’t cheer yet (March 15, 2016)
  82. Rivalling LHC’s energy, Japanese high-intensity collider nears completion (March 3, 2016)
  83. Misplaced pride on NASA scholarship for Indian girl trips up national media (March 3, 2016)
  84. First scientific result from Mars Orbiter Mission published (March 3, 2016)
  85. 2013 amendments to Wassenaar Arrangement need rewording, US State Department concedes (March 1, 2016)
  86. Aliso Canyon methane leak was worst in recorded history (March 1, 2016)
  87. Evidence for a new ‘ghost’ particle builds to explain 20-year-old anomaly (February 28, 2016)
  88. Umberto Eco, a fighter at the frontier of infinity (February 20, 2016)
  89. Scientists claim sensational detection of gravitational waves and herald new era in astronomy (February 11, 2016)
  90. NASA’s colossal SLS rocket on track for 2018 test, with tiny hitchhikers (February 4, 2016)
  91. UCL cancels homeopathy event by Indian docs after complaints (February 2, 2016)
  92. Remembering the Battle of Stalingrad, 73 years on (February 2, 2016)
  93. Priggish NEJM editorial misses the point it almost made (January 24, 2015)
  94. Caltech astronomers build evidence for a ninth planet beyond Pluto (January 20, 2016)
  95. Wolf Prizes for 2016 announced (January 14, 2016)
  96. Parsing Ajay Sharma v. E = mc2 (January 12, 2016)
  97. What makes a hydrogen bomb so deadly and why North Korea says it has one (January 8, 2016)
  98. Covering science at The Wire: 10 picks from 2015 (January 2, 2016)

Video – scripts

  1. How ISRO gave us a high in 2016 (December 31, 2016)