I often try to remember how much each mode of transportation costs the environment. Data published by UK government has good numbers. These data can probably be used as proxy for India with some caveats. The buses emit more carbon and almost certain to carry many more passengers; same goes with trains. I could not… Continue reading Carbon emission levels according to mode of transport
The quality of science reporting in newspapers, if it exists at all, is abysmal. Some might even add the quality of any section in most newspapers is abysmal. Probably this has more to do with the quality of training of journalists than the ability or willingness of papers to find spaces in science section. Since… Continue reading The state of science reporting in our media
Humpty Dumpty learned caution and care He climbed down the wall. And grew fat in a chair!
Every year, last week of May, NCBS conducts interviews for admission to our Ph.D. and Integrated Ph.D. program. If you are invited to the interview, this post is for you. This is not an official post, I am writing it as a student who went through it. You should report at the campus by 7:45… Continue reading Admission interviews at NCBS Bangalore
In the extent to which societies are governed by rule or person, in traditional societies based on agriculture, personal factors counts for almost everything. People are able to take finer personal distinctions in their businesses and other day-to-day work. In these societies, personal links can be used (or misused) for practically any purpose; and a… Continue reading Rule and Person
Basic Neurobiology course offered at NCBS Bangalore consists of 4 modules of around 6 lectures each, plus a couple of labs on electrical models of cells. Each lecture is around 90 minutes. Usually there are three lectures a week but sometimes two lectures and a tutorial or lab-session is also organized. The TA support is… Continue reading Course Review: Basic Neurobiology/Neuroscience at NCBS Bangalore
Few days ago, I read a newspaper story. On suspecting that bridegrooms is illiterate, the bride put him under an arithmetic test: "how much is 15 + 6?". And when the answer given was 17, she called off the marriage. A few childhood memories popped up. When I was a kid, my father asked me… Continue reading Arithmetic and marriage