Learning from a Nobel Prize Laureate

May 01, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Joachim Frank, the 2017 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry. The Nobel Prize, the most prestigious in life sciences, is awarded annually to individuals who have made the most notable contributions to the fields of chemistry, physics,...

Croatia Values Science and Education
Feb 26, 2019

Croatia Values Science and Education

In Conversation with Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold
Nov 26, 2018

In Conversation with Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold

Smoking Isn’t Just Bad for You — It’s Devastating the Environment
Oct 30, 2018

Smoking Isn’t Just Bad for You — It’s Devastating the Environment

Belonging to the Universe: Fritjof Capra in Conversation

Belonging to the Universe: Fritjof Capra in Conversation

Apr 15, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vikram Zutshi talks to physicist, activist and author Fritjof Capra. Fritjof Capra is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist. He has written many popular books that connect conceptual changes in science with broader...

Stephen Hawking: An Astonishing Triumph Over Adversity

Stephen Hawking: An Astonishing Triumph Over Adversity

Mar 14, 2018

Martin Rees looks back on a colleague’s spectacular success against all odds. Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies, who was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty. This...

Antibiotics Are Becoming Less Effective Due to Excessive Use

Antibiotics Are Becoming Less Effective Due to Excessive Use

Feb 23, 2018

In his 1945 Nobel lecture, Alexander Fleming predicted that the improper use of antibiotics would cause future clinical failures. Penicillin, discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928, became known as the “miracle drug” for its instrumental role in the Second World War, when the Allied forces...

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Dec 23, 2017

Arriving from deep space, an interstellar object named Oumuamua entered our solar system. In October, American astronomers found the first interstellar object in our solar system. Amid its daily ritual of searching for objects near Earth, the Pan-STARR1 telescope in Hawaii spotted the object...

It’s Time to Reevaluate Export Controls on Commercial Spacecraft

It's Time to Reevaluate Export Controls on Commercial Spacecraft

Oct 10, 2017

With foreign space industries developing, it is only a matter of time before they begin to market their own crewed spacecraft capabilities. As America’s commercial space sector blossoms, opportunities abound for private industry to secure a controlling lead in the growing and globalizing space...

Truth and Beauty: The Two Faces of Science

Truth and Beauty: The Two Faces of Science

Sep 23, 2017

Scientists are often steered by their sense of beauty in developing new theories.  Science is truth, candor, fidelity, damage and destruction — a loud and clear call of modern civilization — more so, in today's context, the epoch of wonders and also devastation. It bids fair to a maxim...

Life on Saturn’s Moon?

Life on Saturn’s Moon?

Apr 14, 2017

NASA may have found the ingredients for sustainable life on Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. In 2015, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was launched into a plume of gas and ice spraying form the south pole of one of Saturn’s moons. The instrument, acting as a human nose, has the ability to detect the...

Planting Trees Can Save Lives

Planting Trees Can Save Lives

Mar 03, 2017

With pollution causing more and more premature deaths worldwide each year, can trees be the answer to improving public health?  Pollution is not only detrimental to the wellbeing of our environment, but it is also extremely hazardous to our personal health. Inhaling polluted air fills our lungs...

NASA Finds Planets That May Have Life

NASA Finds Planets That May Have Life

Feb 26, 2017

Scientists have found seven planets that are like Earth, might have water and even life, raising questions about the universe and our place in it. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered “the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.” These planets are...

Let’s Head to the Moon

Let’s Head to the Moon

Feb 16, 2017

The moon is a safer bet, not Mars. Well, at least for now. I still remember the night when my siblings, my father, some workers on the farm and I sat around a fire on a cold night in the middle of a jungle, and listened to a decrepit old radio. It was the late 1960s in western India and we were...

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