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Mayank Vahia

  • 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
  • A fascinating glimpse into the tree of life

    How does a tree grow? There is of course a detailed biological explanation of how this happens. But let us look at it from another perspective.

    Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 5:08pm
  • Why technological temper is crucial to mankind's survival

    We live in a society… dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology  – Carl Sagan Any science, sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from Magic – Arthur C Clarke Technology is no longer direct or easy to decipher. Indeed, if a...

    Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 5:44pm
  • How do you study science?

    During my various discussions with children and students, I am often asked how to study science. After discussions with several colleagues, friends and teachers I have been able to list out some of the basic requirements to become a good student of science.

    Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 3:57pm
  • Finding the God particle: Understanding Higgs Boson

    Recently the discovery of Higgs Boson made a great splash on the world media and everyone seemed very excited about something that is so remote from our daily life, that the rest of us were left incredulous about it.

    Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 4:47pm
  • Why is scientific research never an election issue?

    These are election times, and regardless of political inclinations, one gets caught up in the excitement. As a scientist, an issue I look for everywhere is the manner in which our politicians and people perceive science and scientific research in India, and where it figures in our national...

    Sunday, 27 April 2014 - 2:00am
  • Is there life beyond Earth?

    The question that has plagued mankind from time immemorial has acquired a new edge since the Keppler Mission, launched five years ago. Mayank Vahia explores the possibilities.

    Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 3:48pm
  • Worlds beyond ours: A glimpse into the Solar System

    Mayank Vahia describes the other planets that lie in the Solar System, and how they help Earth sustain life.

    Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 4:30pm
  • What could have happened to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet?

    Mayank Vahia explores the answers to the questions everyone is asking about the fate of the missing flight MH370.

    Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 4:02pm