Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Oct 15, 2020

In 1994, the United Nations coordinated the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which resulted in the Programme of Action that formally recognized the right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), including the right to safe abortion...

A Year On, the Clean India Mission Falls Short
Oct 08, 2020

A Year On, the Clean India Mission Falls Short

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19
Sep 25, 2020

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

Sep 12, 2020

For many years, even decades, before the current global pandemic, environmental advocates have waged a war against single-use plastic. We’ve been winning that war. More and more consumers are carrying reusable bags for groceries and other shopping items, asking restaurants to use more...

Why We Need to Rethink the Origin of Our Food

Why We Need to Rethink the Origin of Our Food

Aug 19, 2020

Ever since the “most unlikely” Dutch scientist and pioneering microbiologist Anton van Leeuwenhoek scraped scum from his teeth and observed tiny “animalcules,” or germs, in the plaque samples beneath the first-ever microscope he invented, it bid fair to the presence of the microbial world...

China Closes in on the US in Science

China Closes in on the US in Science

Aug 09, 2020

China has for the first time taken the top position in the Nature Index as the biggest producer of high-quality research in chemistry. What will the future of China science look like? Quantum physics may be science on an impossibly small scale, but it is one field where China is staking a...

Does Money Buy Happiness and Meaning?

Does Money Buy Happiness and Meaning?

Aug 04, 2020

When you see multimillionaires, with their yachts and luxury houses, you probably assume that they are supremely happy. However, you might be surprised to hear that this is not necessarily the case. In 2006, Princeton University psychologist, economist and author Daniel Kahneman and a team of...

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?

Aug 03, 2020

As the world continues to endure the uncertainty and anguish bought by the invisible threat both to individual lives and the global economy, many politicians cling to the idea that once a vaccine against the COVID-19 disease is found, the return to normalcy will at last become possible....

Redesigning Science Education Is Essential for India

Redesigning Science Education Is Essential for India

Jul 30, 2020

Every year, on Indian Science Day in February, India commemorates the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman. In 1930, Raman won the Nobel Prize in Physics and has been revered by Indians ever since. Fast forward to 2019, and the US National Science Foundation placed India third when...

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Jul 27, 2020

Some news items manage to sum up in a simple and succinct narrative the entire madness of a phase of human history. We are now living in the era of hyperreality, in which everything that appears superficially ordered by logical principles is in reality structured by forces we have been trained not...

From the Cradle to the Grave: China Leaves the Earth Behind

From the Cradle to the Grave: China Leaves the Earth Behind

Jul 24, 2020

Echoing the vision of super-billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, Bao Weimin, a senior director at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, explained the logic behind China’s spectacular new foray into the space race. Its new mission aims at orbiting Mars for 687 days before...

The Price of America’s Complacency in the Face of COVID-19 Is Survival

The Price of America’s Complacency in the Face of COVID-19 Is Survival

Jul 14, 2020

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered many businesses statewide to shut down in response to the raging resurgence of COVID-19 in nearly all 50 US states. That same day, a friend of mine landed in San Francisco after having spent six months living in Japan. On his flight, a United...

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Global Pandemic Exposes Gender Inequality

Jul 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare a global crisis of gender inequality. While women have achieved considerable success in their fight for equality, they continue to face violence, discrimination and exclusion globally. Women are now disproportionately bearing the costs of the pandemic, surfacing...

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