2020


The Wire + The Wire Science

  1. ICMR Chief Balram Bhargava Tests Positive for COVID-19, Admitted To AIIMS (December 18, 2020)
  2. Pfizer Vaccine’s Price May Be Throwing off Indian Government, Report Says (December 14, 2020)
  3. Academic Sexism Is a Problem. False Resource Constraints Make It Worse. (December 13, 2020)
  4. India’s COVID-19 Response Suggests ‘Scientific Superpower’ Status an Impossible Dream (December 10, 2020)
  5. Serum Institute Insists Vaccine Candidate Is ‘Safe’, Trial Participants Are Wary (December 1, 2020)
  6. Vaccine Trial Participant Demands 5 Cr from Defiant Serum Institute for Side-Effect (November 30, 2020)
  7. Why AstraZeneca Is Facing Tricky Questions About Its COVID-19 Vaccine (November 27, 2020)
  8. For Sick Indians, Modi Government’s Ayurvedic ‘Surgery’ Order is the Unkindest Cut (November 24, 2020)
  9. Lucky Mistake in Oxford Vaccine Trial Cheers Company, Stumps Scientists (November 24, 2020)
  10. Astronomers Hit the Brakes on Claim That Venus’s Atmosphere Has Excess Phosphine (October 29, 2020)
  11. A Quick Intro To This Year’s Nobel Prize Winners in the Sciences (October 8, 2020)
  12. The Medicine Nobel for Hep C Should Force Us to Think About Patents, Patients, Profits (October 6, 2020)
  13. 2020 Medicine Nobel Winner Declined 2013 Prize That Overlooked His Teammates (October 5, 2020)
  14. How the Nobel Prize Maintains Science’s Inequalities – and How It Can Stop (October 5, 2020)
  15. The Cat Que Virus Is Not New – and the ICMR Study Was ‘Proactive’ (September 30, 2020)
  16. In Maharashtra’s Wardha, Symptoms of Community Transmission in Rural India (September 22, 2020)
  17. CDC’s Warning on Aerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Disappears From Website (September 22, 2020)
  18. ICMR Was Blocked From Sharing Sero-Survey Data From Hotspots: Researchers (September 20, 2020)
  19. Narendra Modi Becomes Second Indian PM To Win Ig Nobel Prize (September 19, 2020)
  20. ICMR’s First Sero-Survey Paper Out: India Missed 81 Infections Per Case in May (September 11, 2020)
  21. Army Chief’s ‘Air Doctor’ is a Symptom of India’s Floundering Response to COVID Pandemic (September 5, 2020)
  22. 500+ Students and Researchers Ask Environment Ministry To Revoke EIA 2020 Draft (September 2, 2020)
  23. The Problem With Thinking India’s COVID-19 Recovery Rate Is a Mark of Success (August 17, 2020)
  24. As AYUSH Minister Gets COVID-19, It’s Time to Get Serious About Ayurveda (August 13, 2020)
  25. Planet-Sized Sunspot Confirms New Solar Cycle – but Don’t Expect ‘Killer’ Flares (August 10, 2020)
  26. How True Is Modi’s Claim That His Decisions Saved India From the Worst of COVID-19? (July 28, 2020)
  27. India Just Hit a Million COVID-19 Cases But Here’s What Should Really Be Worrying Us (July 17, 2020)
  28. COVID-19: ICMR’s Rush to Produce ‘Indian Vaccine’ Suggests Politics is Driving Science (July 3, 2020)
  29. With New ‘Cure’ for COVID-19, Patanjali Continues to Do ‘Science’ by Press Release (June 24, 2020)
  30. Six Reasons to Go Easy on the Dexamethasone Hype (June 18, 2018)
  31. Dodgy Paper From Within Health Ministry Predicts September ‘End’ for Epidemic (June 8, 2020)
  32. India Registers Low ‘Academic Freedom Index’ Score in New International Report (June 7, 2020)
  33. What a New Study Says About Hydroxychloroquine v. COVID-19 – a Visual Summary (June 4, 2020)
  34. Cyclone Nisarga: Ten Things You Need to Know (June 3, 2020)
  35. Why Delhi Experiences So Many Tremors, What That Means for Future Earthquakes (June 1, 2020)
  36. Listen: The Bumpy Road to a COVID-19 Vaccine – and Why It’s So Bumpy (May 27, 2020)
  37. We Need to Stop Blaming the Virus and Ask Questions of the State (May 25, 2020)
  38. In New Advisory, ICMR Renews Hydroxychloroquine Use as Evidence Remains Lax (May 23, 2020)
  39. Amitabh Kant’s Leaps of Logic (May 21, 2020)
  40. Bengaluru ‘Boom’: Here’s the Science Behind What It Was (May 21, 2020)
  41. Listen: The Science and Mysteries of How the New Coronavirus Is Evolving (May 9, 2020)
  42. What Leaked from the Vizag Plant? (May 8, 2020)
  43. Vizag Gas Leak: LG Polymers Operated Without Appropriate Environment Clearance (May 8, 2020)
  44. You or Someone You Know Tests Positive for Coronavirus. What Happens Next? (April 26, 2020)
  45. We Can Never Get Used to Govt’s Coronavirus Press Conferences Being in Hindi (April 23, 2020)
  46. If We’re at ‘War’ With the New Coronavirus, We’re Doing It Wrong (April 15, 2020)
  47. Is a Longer Lockdown a Good Idea? Three Public Health Experts Answer (April 11, 2020)
  48. Army Scientists’ Study Says COVID Cases Could Dive, But There’s a Catch (April 3, 2020)
  49. Indian Scientists Issue Statement on Pandemic, Call for ‘Cooperation’, ‘Humanity’ (March 31, 2020)
  50. No, There Is No ‘Indian Coronavirus’ That Is Weaker Than the Viruses Elsewhere (March 31, 2020)
  51. Coronavirus: The Lockdown Has Caught Us Between Expertise and Common Sense (March 30, 2020)
  52. In Bareilly, Returning Migrant Workers Showered With Disinfectant on the Road (March 30, 2020)
  53. In Major Revision, ICMR Expands Case Definition for COVID-19 Tests (March 21, 2020)
  54. Gruesome, Clumsy and Irreversible: The Science Behind ‘Hanging By the Neck’ (March 20, 2020)
  55. Coronavirus: India Can’t Start Testing for Community Transmission Soon Enough (March 16, 2020)
  56. Italians Urge Scientists Everywhere to Convince Governments to Lockdown (March 15, 2020)
  57. China Had First Coronavirus Case in November 2019 Itself (March 13, 2020)
  58. Coronavirus and India: FAQ of What We Know So Far (March 13, 2020)
  59. We Discovered the Top Quark 25 Years Ago. Its Mass Is Still Fascinating. (March 3, 2020)
  60. IISc Bengaluru Cancels Lecture on ‘Terrorism’ After Students Object (March 11, 2020)
  61. Rainfall Declining in Seven States, Analysis of 30 Years of Data Shows (March 9, 2020)
  62. Coronavirus: Why Are Scientists Uploading Genetic Data to a Global Database? (March 8, 2020)
  63. Bhutan Reports First Coronavirus Case – American Tourist Who Went via India (March 6, 2020)
  64. Health Ministry Confirms Two New COVID-19 Cases, in Delhi and Telangana (March 2, 2020)
  65. 350+ Academics From Around the World Condemn Delhi Violence (March 2, 2020)
  66. Home Ministry Revokes Manipal University’s FCRA License Over Nipah Study (February 23, 2020)
  67. Freeman Dyson, the Subversive Physicist Who Imagined New Futures for Humanity (February 29, 2020)
  68. Sleuths Uncover Web of Research Fraud in 400+ Papers From China (February 23, 2020)
  69. Scientists Demand DST Cancel New Plans for Research on Indian Cows (February 20, 2020)
  70. AYUSH Ministry Deflects Criticism of Anti-Coronavirus Advisory; The Wire Responds (February 6, 2020)
  71. Flaw Found in Study That Said Coronavirus Could Be Transmitted Sans Symptoms (February 5, 2020)
  72. Controversy and Confusion Over The Hindu’s Report of Bengaluru Scientists’ Study (February 3, 2020)
  73. ‘No Meat, No Coronavirus’ Makes No Sense (February 2, 2020)
  74. India Wants Thirty-Metre Telescope Shifted Out of Hawaii (January 22, 2020)
  75. Simple Road Maps Show India’s Cities Are Snaking Towards Ecological, Social Chaos (January 20, 2020)
  76. Eminent Journal ‘Nature’ Joins India’s Scholars to Protest University Violence (January 15, 2020)
  77. ‘Deteriorating Situation’ in JNU Prompts Science Profs to Seek Refuge in IIT (January 13, 2020)
  78. Factcheck: Haryana CM Khattar Doesn’t Have Science’s Support to Ban Same-Gotra Marriages (January 11, 2020)
  79. UGC’s New Ethics Course for PhD Students Is Welcome but Not Good Enough (January 10, 2020)
  80. Scientists Who Signed Anti-CAA Letter Come Under Government Scanner (January 9, 2020)
  81. ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre to Come up at Challakere (January 9, 2020)
  82. Shooters Prepare to Kill 10,000 Camels in Water-Starved, Fire-Ravaged Australia (January 8, 2020)
  83. Forget Kiran Bedi’s Om Video – This Is How Scientists Study the Sun’s Sound (January 5, 2020)
  84. Genetic Determinism, Pseudoscience Can’t Hide the Casteism of Brahmin Chauvinists (January 4, 2020)
  85. The Particle Accelerator That Could Fit in Your Pocket (January 4, 2020)
  86. Narendra Modi’s Focus on Patents at Indian Science Congress Is Not Good Advice (January 3, 2020)
  87. Gaganyaan Astronauts’ Training and Chandrayaan 3 Dominate ISRO’s 2020 Plans (January 1, 2020)