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Mayank Vahia

  • The evolution of language

    When you think of it, I think it is a miracle that we can talk and listen.

    Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 8:00am
  • Why a library is no different from a 'Madhushala'

    Take any path and if you walk long enough, you will meet your madhushala.

    Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 6:25pm
  • How do you judge historical science?

    All kinds of claims are being made about the scientific achievements of our ancestors and a huge variability of the period in which they lived is routinely proposed. No one on either side of the argument was present at the time when the claimed events occurred or did not occur. So how do you...

    Wednesday, 7 January 2015 - 2:35pm
  • Cry my beloved science, cry my beloved country

    I have been a research scientist for the past 35 years and seen the movement of the country from secular, forward looking nationalist with a slight inferior complex to a disproportionately aggressive country demanding attention out of tune with its demonstrated capabilities in science. 

    Monday, 5 January 2015 - 3:10pm
  • ESA's Rosetta Mission: A decade long quest for the keys to the universe

    Recently a space mission called Rosetta, sent by the European Space Agency(ESA) more than ten years ago, has created a lot of excitement amongst scientists. It is extraordinary for its technological audacity and its brilliant performance as well as its promise of some truly magnificent data about...

    Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 11:25am
  • If humans were to disappear from Earth, how long will nature take to wipe out all evidence?

    Someone has speculated that if all human beings were to be buried together, we would need a coffin roughly one kilometre in each dimension. This one cubic kilometre of humans has had a long and enduring impact on the Earth, whose atmosphere alone has a volume of 182 billion cubic kilometre (and 7,...

    Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 5:15pm
  • Did the river Saraswati, mentioned in the Vedas, really exist?

    Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge in Hindu mythology. The river Saraswati also has a unique place in Vedic literature. However, in modern India, there is no such vast river called Saraswati (the rivers Sindhu/Indus and Ganga are both accounted for). So, the question remains, did a river as...

    Friday, 3 October 2014 - 4:23pm
  • How scientists, undergraduates can best benefit from government's 12-hour contact programme

    So the Government of India, in its eternal wisdom, has come up with the brilliant idea of sending scientists to schools and colleges at the undergraduate level for 12 contact hours a year. With equal emphasis it has declared that no extra remuneration would be paid for this activity, as if that...

    Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 3:46pm
  • Teacher's Day: Is formal education really necessary?

    These days it is fashionable to crack jokes like: if you graduate from IIT you become a Kejriwal while if you sell tea on train stations, you can become a Prime Minister. There are even articles in newspapers criticising the UPA government for many of their ministers being highly educated (often...

    Friday, 5 September 2014 - 7:45pm
  • Evolution of people and culture

    All people are the same but all cultures are different. So why this dichotomy?  All human beings are driven by the same genetic programme that is designed for 3 purposes – to eat, not be eaten and to reproduce. In fact humans are so alike each other that biologically we form a single breed. 

    Sunday, 24 August 2014 - 3:41pm