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Earth's Seven Sisters Only 40 Lightyears Away

Prabir Purkayastha

7th March 2017

An international team of scientists have discovered a set of seven near earth-sized exoplanets circling a nearby star, named Trappist-1. They have reported this discovery recently in Nature. What is exciting about these exoplanets is that all of them may have water, with three falling in what is called the habitable zone. In the habitable zone, planets may have water in liquid form on their surface, and therefore the possibility ...

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Self-driving Vehicles: Coming Soon!

D. Raghunandan

1st September 2016

 

There is some or other news almost every day about autonomous vehicles, also popularly known as “driverless” or self-driving cars. Either some or other company is announcing ever-earlier dates when it plans to introduce autonomous vehicles into the market, or some new city or region, usually in the US or Europe, is granting permission for trials of autonomous vehicles. The competition between autonomous vehicles (AV) manufacturers or system designers is getting more intense by the day, as each wants to grab the ...

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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:17
 
Hindutva, Mathematics, Pythagoras and Zero

Prabir Purkayastha

1st December 2015

 

The Hindutva brigade have been continuously proclaiming that the Greeks learnt Pythagoras from India. This is what Harsh Vardhan, the BJP Science and Technology Minister, claimed in the Indian Science Congress last year; that “we” discovered the Pythagoras theorem and gave it “magnanim ...

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Vimanas, Rockets, and Tipu Sultan

Prabir Purkayastha

22nd November 2015

 

THE RSS and its camp followers have a strange relationship to imagination. They take the imagination of the mythology, and present it as matter of fact history. When it comes to the scientific imagination – how to create new sciences – they fall back on the sterile claim that we having nothing new to discover, as all of it has been already done by our sages in the past. This is the Read more...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:07
 
Orchestrated Attack on India’s Research System

Amit Sengupta

22nd November 2015


“There will always be circumstances when private investment lags – when the innovation creates a public good, such as clean air, for which an investor can’t capture the value, or when the risk is too high, such as novel approaches to new antibiotic drugs, or when the technical complexity is so high that there is fundamental uncertainty as to the outcome, such as with quantum computing or fusion energy. For these cases, government funding is the only possible source to spur inn ...

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 06:57
 
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