• IIT engineer gives cerebral palsy patients a voice October 12, 2011

    Chennai: Technology can be glamorous. But can it have a human touch? This is the story of a young IIT engineer who bent technology to give sick children the gift of speech. Ajit Narayanan, founder of Invention Labs, has invented a computer that helps patients suffering from cerebral palsy communicate....
  • Anna, the social activist, now a web warrior August 18, 2011

    New Delhi: A 72-year-old Gandhian. Now a celebrity on Twitter. Tweets pour in every minute. He's struck a chord with youngsters a quarter his age. Anna Hazare's certainly a celebrity online as well, with lakhs of people pledging support, on social networking sites. Anna Hazare's second coming rides on a...
  • Indian scientist helps NASA predict solar flare March 8, 2011

    Kolkata: There was a huge solar flare in 1859. It was so large that it could be seen with the naked eye. In 1989, a solar storm wiped out Canada's northern electric grid. Canada was out of power for almost three days. Violent magnetic emissions from the sun could one...
  • Mobile number portability a reality now January 20, 2011

    New Delhi: After years of delays, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will finally be available all over India from January 20. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said, "We're very happy that we are going to launch it nationally tomorrow. It's a great step forward for the consumer. It enhances his choice." Dump...
  • Indian scientist hits Rs 6 crore jackpot January 18, 2011

    New Delhi: An Indian scientist has hit the jackpot. The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Dr Ramesh Pillai a grant worth Rs 6 crore for a research project. A student of Mahatma Gandhi College in Thiruvananthapuram and IIT Roorkee, Pillai will work in a French lab, researching the mysteries...
  • Children quiz Nobel Prize winner Ramakrishnan January 12, 2011

    Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry for 2009, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, interacted with children at the Indian Science Congress in Chennai. Here is an excerpt of the question-answer session: Question: Did you want a Nobel Prize when you were a teenager? Venkatraman Ramakrishnan: Not in any serious way. Question: Why did you...
  • Meet winner of Infosys prize for social sciences January 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Amita Baviskar, who has won Infosys Science Prize for social sciences, learnt first hand how projects like the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River rob entire population of their very reason and means to live. Dams are very big business and about 15-20 per cent of any...
  • ISRO to launch nano satellite made by students January 8, 2011

    Chennai: Students of SRM University have made their very own satellite which the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has promised to launch later in 2011. The satellite is the size of a large gift box, costs Rs 2 crore and took two years of hard work. "The main objective is...
  • Nano-technologist wins Infosys science award January 4, 2011

    Small is beautiful, says nano-technologist Ashutosh Sharma. The things he builds under a microscope could one day give tiny cell phone batteries, a cure for cancer which is why he has been awarded the Infosys Science Prize for this year. "A nano-technologist has nothing to do with the Tata Nano....
  • Nano-technologist wins Infosys science award January 4, 2011

    Small is beautiful, says nano-technologist Ashutosh Sharma. The things he builds under a microscope could one day give tiny cell phone batteries, a cure for cancer which is why he has been awarded the Infosys Science Prize for this year. "A nano-technologist has nothing to do with the Tata Nano....
  • Meet Infosys-prize winner malaria-vaccine man January 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Dr Chetan Chitnis has won the Infosys prize for his work on one of the first vaccines against malaria. Belonging to a family of scientists, Dr Chintis was the topper in Physics at IIT Mumbai before moving towards Biology. Every year malaria kills thousands around the globe but...
  • Will shutting down WikiLeaks be an easy task? December 1, 2010

    New Delhi: Democratic countries are allegedly trying to shut down the whistleblower site WikiLeaks. But first, they have a legal tangle to solve. “Julian Assange is an Australian citizen. And he's based his servers in Sweden. Sweden supports freedom of speech and is not beholden to American law,” said www.thebiggeek.com...