• Rohini and Nandan Nilekani: The conscious givers December 23, 2013

    Award: Outstanding Philanthropist Rohini and Nandan Nilekani Age: Rohini-54, Nandan-58 Why They Won: For having given nearly Rs 350 crore, especially to ideas which CSR doesn't fund. Rohini has committed to giving Rs 20 crore every year; Nandan has spent five years at UIDAI as part of the 'giving back...
  • Time for sunrise in the solar sector in India July 18, 2013

    Three months can be a long time. Take the renewable energy attractiveness index by Ernst & Young (E&Y) that ranks 40 countries on the draw of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. In the quarter ending February 2013, India was ranked 3rd in solar photovoltaics after the US and...
  • Why Strand Life Sciences wants doctors to genetically profile patients March 7, 2013

    We've all heard tragic stories about someone dying of cardiac arrest on the football field or during a board meeting. What we've heard next are related stories about what a stressful, over-leveraged lifestyle brings along with it. The fact is there are certain genetic mutations, highly prevalent in the Indian...
  • Five game-changing ideas from academics January 10, 2013

    Dumping the 'junk' DNA theory: From the time the final draft of the human genome was published in 2003, it was believed that 98 per cent of our genetic material inside each cell was 'junk', with no known function. The rest, about 2 per cent of our DNA that make...
  • A new kind of sniffer dog September 24, 2012

    The Co-founders: V Ramgopal Rao, professor, department of electrical engineering, IIT-B Soumyo Mukherjee, professor, department of biosciences & bioengineering, IIT-B Their Startup: NanoSniff Technologies What It Does: Builds explosive detection and cardiac disorder devices Funding: Priaas Investments, ICICI Spread Roadmap: To replace sniffer dogs; make point-of-care, hi-tech diagnostics Just how...
  • Want to reduce time to setup a business: HK Mittal August 25, 2012

    HK Mittal Age: 52 Profile: Adviser, member secretary, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board His achievement Providing financial and institutional assistance to technologists for commercialising their tech/research Start a company in one day, close it in seven days. To expect such speed in India is more than utopian for...
  • Bird flu is back in a stronger avataar July 14, 2012

    This may not be the influenza season, but news about the virus that causes the pandemic has been infecting us in the last few weeks. First, two academic groups published their much-debated research about a lab-engineered strain of bird flu (H5N1) that shows how it can acquire the ability to...
  • Profit in the era of scarcity July 2, 2012

    You've probably heard about Mitticool, the clay refrigerator from Gujarat, and Revolo, the plug-in system from KPIT Cummins that gives the benefits of a hybrid car. Its likely youve learnt that Embrace, the infant warmer that originated from Stanfords class of Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability, is now sold in...
  • Mriganka Sur reveals the mysteries of the brain February 25, 2012

    How is the brain wired? How does it code and decode information? What causes developmental disorders like autism and diseases like Alzheimers? These are the questions that have occupied neuroscientist Mriganka Sur over the past 30 years. By studying the connections in the brain"and by making connections in the lab...
  • Science's second coming to India February 25, 2012

    A couple of weeks ago, some of us got into an interesting conversation with Howard Gardner, who was on a visit to India to deliver a series of lectures. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential psychologists in the world today. Author of 25 books that have...
  • I needed to learn something new: V Raja October 24, 2011

    V Raja Age: 54 Designation: President & CEO, GE Healthcare India Education: B Com (Honours), chartered accountant and company secretary Career: Spent over 31 years in consumer products, food and healthcare industries; 14 years at GE Interests: Reading fiction, solving math puzzles, watching TV Q:Why are you leaving? Did GE...
  • The rebirth of stem cells September 23, 2011

    A decade after George Bush set the clock back for stem cell research, the science is showing signs of regeneration. Stem cells are mother cells that give rise to other cell types in the body. One of the more visible and vocal proponents of human embryonic stem cells (ES), Stephen...
  • Can space elevators be a reality in 2100? September 8, 2011

    Think of a day in the year 2100. The walls of your room light up like screens and your chosen software program, a familiar face named, say, Molly, wakes you up in the morning and lays out the day's plan. As you enter the bathroom, DNA and protein sensors in...
  • Minds returning to India August 6, 2011

    The United States has always been a featherbed for scientists and researchers, irrespective of their origins or nationality. That is because of its unique institutional ecosystem that keeps the ground fertile for creativity, as well as individual entrepreneurship and commercial success. The contribution of these scientists in helping the global...
  • I leave behind a mature leadership: Wim Elfrink June 18, 2011

    Wim Elfrink Age: 59 Designation: EVP, Emerging Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, Cisco Education: BA Engineering and Business Administration, Netherlands Career: Digital Equipment Corp, Hewlett Packard, Rank Xerox and Olivetti before Cisco in 1997 Hobbies: Running. Has run 42 marathons After four and a half years, how does your globalisation...