Seema Singh

  • Rohini and Nandan Nilekani: The conscious givers 23-12-2013 01:09 PM

    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 18-07-2013 01:31 PM

    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...
  • Five gamechanging ideas from academics 10-01-2013 12:50 PM

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  • A new kind of sniffer dog 24-09-2012 04:04 PM

    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 25-08-2012 11:29 AM

    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 14-07-2012 02:58 PM

    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 02-07-2012 11:23 AM

    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 25-02-2012 11:12 AM

    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 25-02-2012 10:58 AM

    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 24-10-2011 11:30 AM

    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 23-09-2011 10:41 AM

    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? 08-09-2011 11:27 AM

    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 06-08-2011 09:42 AM

    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 18-06-2011 11:52 AM

    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...
  • Semiconductor's next wave 14-12-2010 01:25 PM

    It all started with Apple and its iPhone app store. Soon almost all electronic devices, from handhelds to car infotainment sets to airplane landing systems, took to application frenzy. Even governments now have app stores peddling public services-related mobile applications. Consumers are charmed; so are app developers and device makers,...