2019


The Wire

  1. When ISRO isn’t enough, there’s another place you can go to find out more (December 6, 2019)
  2. Controversial Chinese experiment to edit ‘anti-HIV’ gene may have actually failed (December 5, 2019)
  3. Indian engineer going through NASA data in ‘spare time’ finds Vikram lander debris (December 3, 2019)
  4. ISRO’s second spaceport, for new SSLV rocket, to come up in Tamil Nadu (December 1, 2019)
  5. Anomalous ‘fifth force’ is back in the news but it’s still not a force of nature (November 26, 2019)
  6. Thanks to Starlink, there’s a new void in space: the absence of rules of the road (November 20, 2019)
  7. 200+ papers by Annamalai Univ. scientists contain plagiarism, manipulation (November 15, 2019)
  8. ISRO will embark on Chandrayaan 3 by November 2020 for another landing attempt (November 14, 2019)
  9. Six months after official deadline, 30 fragments from ASAT test still in orbit (November 1, 2019)
  10. By banning political ads, Twitter has only waded deeper into troubled waters (October 31, 2019)
  11. India will skip Plan S, focus on national efforts in science publishing (October 26, 2019)
  12. Interview: ‘Everyone wants change as long as it doesn’t happen’ (October 26, 2019)
  13. Why is a Nobel Prize for men still universally relevant for the sciences? (October 16, 2019)
  14. Chemistry Nobel for lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones to spacecraft (October 9, 2019)
  15. James Peebles, Didier Queloz and Michael Mayor win 2019 physics Nobel Prize (October 8, 2019)
  16. The exoplanet that changed how we see the Solar System, and the universe (October 8, 2019)
  17. Medicine Nobel Prize for doctors who discovered how body senses low oxygen (October 7, 2019)
  18. Abdus Salam the physicist won the Nobel Prize. Salam the Pakistani elevated it. (October 7, 2019)
  19. SpaceShare, a new Indian project to democratise access to space (September 27, 2019)
  20. Autumnal equinox: What makes today special? (September 23, 2019)
  21. Senior ISRO scientist criticises Sivan’s approach after Moon mission setback (September 22, 2019)
  22. As Chandrayaan surface mission ends, ISRO needs support, constructive criticism (September 21, 2019)
  23. If ‘Chandrayaan 2 was a 90-95% success’ is the answer, what’s the question? (September 10, 2019)
  24. The farther away from Chandrayaan, the pettier the winds blow (September 7, 2019)
  25. Chandrayaan 2 in limbo as ISRO loses contact with lander, history on hold (September 7, 2019)
  26. ‘There is no communication with the lander. It is as good as lost. There is no hope.’ (September 7, 2019)
  27. Chandrayaan orbiter could last 6 years longer than planned: K Sivan (September 7, 2019)
  28. ISRO and India prepare for historic Moon landing after midnight tonight (September 6, 2019)
  29. Culture ministry’s new ‘Vedic heritage’ portal only debases the study of Vedas (August 22, 2019)
  30. The ‘amateur’ tech that could penetrate the Kashmir blackout (August 19, 2019)
  31. Experts suspect small nuclear reactor for new Russian missile blew up last week (August 14, 2019)
  32. Breakthrough Prizes awarded to more men (August 7, 2019)
  33. Remember when Neil deGrasse Tyson pulled a Steven Pinker? (August 5, 2019)
  34. Today is a historic day for ISRO for two reasons. Chandrayaan 2 is just one. (July 22, 2019)
  35. The view from the Moon (July 21, 2019)
  36. Why ‘poverty first, Moon next’ is an absurd argument (July 15, 2019)
  37. Under stress to pull off grand Moon mission, ISRO treads slow after launch scrub (July 15, 2019)
  38. A pre-launch review of Chandrayaan 2 (July 14, 2019)
  39. Don’t let the excitement over Chandrayaan 2 distract from the bigger picture (July 4, 2019)
  40. Doubts over NITI Aayog claim that 21 cities face groundwater extinction by 2020 (June 29, 2019)
  41. Of encephalitis, litchis and blood sugar: Bihar’s AES outbreak explained (June 19, 2019)
  42. India planning to launch own space station by 2030, ISRO chief says (June 13, 2019)
  43. ISRO to launch Chandrayaan 2 on July 15, Moon landing by September 7 (June 12, 2019)
  44. Posters for Ekta Kapoor’s Mangalyaan series don’t show ISRO rockets – why it matters (June 12, 2019)
  45. Under enormous pressure, a new superconductor star is born (May 25, 2019)
  46. A century of the proton (May 23, 2019)
  47. Nature announces support for preprint papers, drops Ingelfinger rule (May 17, 2019)
  48. Unlike radar and clouds, PM Narendra Modi can leap over the walls of science (May 12, 2019)
  49. ISRO delays Chandrayaan 2 launch again – but how is Beresheet involved? (April 27, 2019)
  50. Don’t let the event horizon steal the limelight, save some for the ergosphere (April 22, 2019)
  51. Look behind the low-res black hole (April 11, 2019)
  52. A 200-year-old experiment has helped us see a black hole’s shadow (April 10, 2019)
  53. S&T in the BJP’s election manifesto is no S and all T (April 8, 2019)
  54. DRDO defends ‘Shakti’ test as experts say Indian ASAT debris ‘threatens all LEO sats’ (April 6, 2019)
  55. 150+ scientists appeal to the people to ‘vote wisely’ in 2019 elections (April 4, 2019)
  56. Debris from India’s ASAT test could threaten space station, says NASA chief (April 2, 2019)
  57. New Yorker’s dino fossils profile features pitfalls of ‘science as performance’ (March 30, 2019)
  58. Mission Shakti: India likely destroyed Microsat R satellite in first ASAT test (March 27, 2019)
  59. Hard to be friends with a Modi supporter – not so easy with the Left either (March 25, 2019)
  60. Spotted: new clue to uncover why universe is made of matter, not antimatter (March 22, 2019)
  61. Karen Uhlenbeck is first woman to win ‘math’s Nobel’ (March 21, 2019)
  62. University to scholars: work on ‘national priorities’, not ‘irrelevant research’ (March 16, 2019)
  63. A seminar with pseudoscience has blessings of DU’s department of education (March 13, 2019)
  64. Boom or bust: what science tells us about what went down in Balakot (March 10, 2019)
  65. Ashok Khemka, what will you find next? (March 5, 2019)
  66. Using ultrafast laser, ‘mini’ particle accelerator sets new energy record (February 28, 2019)
  67. Five reflections on National Science Day (February 28, 2019)
  68. Six concerns over India joining the Plan S coalition for science journals (February 14, 2019)
  69. With scholars set to restart protests, a peek inside the research funds gridlock (February 2, 2019)
  70. The good, bad and the ugly of trapping ‘pranayama’ within scientific speak (January 31, 2019)
  71. Govt. finally announces researchers stipend hike – but students call it a flop (January 30, 2019)
  72. Indian cosmologists propose new space experiment to gaze at universe’s dawn (January 27, 2019)
  73. The ISRO tender notice with fascinating new details of Gaganyaan (January 26, 2019)
  74. Is ISRO working on three reusable rocket designs at once? (January 22, 2019)
  75. Long ago, the number of meteors hitting Earth spiked suddenly – and didn’t stop (January 18, 2019)
  76. CERN’s concept design for next-gen ‘supercollider’ mirrors China’s plans (January 17, 2019)
  77. A Vedic board of education is coming. Here’s why we should worry. (January 13, 2019)
  78. First Harappan people buried as a couple found at site in Haryana (January 13, 2019)
  79. In Holocaust study, a new attempt to measure the pace of Nazi genocide (January 12, 2019)
  80. Chandrayaan 2 launch in April, ISRO opens nodal centre for Gaganyaan work (January 12, 2019)
  81. Lok Sabha passes DNA Technology Bill – all you need to know (January 9, 2019)
  82. How to react to stupidity at the science congress (January 5, 2019)
  83. Under a microscope, a bizarre electronic dance comes into better focus (January 5, 2019)
  84. In Jalandhar, ‘time capsule’ of gadgets locked underground for future to find (January 5, 2019)
  85. ISRO is working on two competing reusable launcher designs (January 2, 2019)