India bends the rules for Neutrino project

  A year after the National Green Tribunal suspended the environmental clearance granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), the Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra 2) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has overturned the NGT verdict and granted environmental clearance for the project. The observatory, which is to come up in Bodi West Hills in … Continue reading India bends the rules for Neutrino project

Indian scientists to gain as India becomes Associate member state of CERN

India became an Associate member of CERN on January 16, 2017 with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016. On November 21, 2016, Dr. Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) … Continue reading Indian scientists to gain as India becomes Associate member state of CERN

Key science developments to look forward to in 2015

The year 2015 is likely to see some key science developments. The one that most people are eagerly looking forward to is the development of an effective and efficacious Ebola vaccine and/or drug. In the early part of 2015, a few vaccine trials are set to begin and the results are expected by June. Several … Continue reading Key science developments to look forward to in 2015

Editorial: Great hope for science

Published in The Hindu on December 24, 2012 The recent decision of the United Nations General Assembly to grant ‘Observer status’ for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is highly commendable. CERN is the first physical sciences research organisation to become an Observer. The development comes a year after CERN and the United Nations … Continue reading Editorial: Great hope for science

Scientists should not be crucified for mistakes: Nobel laureate

  “We expected to get the same reception like the neutrino [OPERA] team [if our results were wrong],” said Nobel laureate Brian P. Schmidt while interacting with the media on Monday, the second day of the weeklong 62nd Nobel laureates meeting here. He was referring to his team’s findings on the expansion of the universe … Continue reading Scientists should not be crucified for mistakes: Nobel laureate

‘Science and technology can find sustainable solutions for many challenges’

The 27 Nobel Laureates walked in a line into the famous Inselhalle hall at Lindau, Germany to a standing ovation from about 592 young researchers from 69 countries. The 62nd Nobel Laureates Meeting from July 1 to July 7, dedicated to physics, was then opened on Sunday by Countess Bettina Bernadotte, the President of the … Continue reading ‘Science and technology can find sustainable solutions for many challenges’

Editrorial: The ways of science

Published in The Hindu on March 2, 2012 After announcing on September 23 last year that neutrinos travelled 60 nanoseconds faster than light, the OPERA (Oscillation project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) team has recently identified certain flaws. These pertain to possible “effects” in the experiment that might have led to an incorrect measurement in the arrival … Continue reading Editrorial: The ways of science

Scientists a step closer to finding Higgs boson

Published in The Hindu on December 15, 2011 The results announced from CERN on December 13 by the two teams — ATLAS and CMC — do not provide definite and conclusive evidence of the presence of the elusive Higgs boson, but they have collected sufficient data that is consistent with the possible appearance of the … Continue reading Scientists a step closer to finding Higgs boson

Speed of Neutrinos: Replication of OPERA results is the key

Published in The Hindu on November 24, 2011 What makes science so very different from religion? Quite simple — every theory, law and observation in science will be continuously challenged and put to test almost every day. In short, unlike religion, science is not dogmatic. Cross-checked As the OPERA team involved in measuring the speed … Continue reading Speed of Neutrinos: Replication of OPERA results is the key

When 60 nanoseconds threaten modern physics

Published in The Hindu on November 24, 2011 If extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidences, as Carl Sagan's dictum goes, then scientists involved in an experiment called OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) have provided just that. By successfully replicating the results obtained on September 22 this year, particle physicists have once again proved that neutrinos … Continue reading When 60 nanoseconds threaten modern physics