Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 2)

We continue our discussion on the Mental Health Care Act with Dr. Soumitra Pathare. Interview by: Navneet A Vasistha Podcast edited by: Shruti Muralidhar Links: APA resolution against homosexuality as a mental disorder Depathologizing homosexuality Drescher et al., 2015 WHO statistics about Psychiatrists and Nurses per 100,000 across the world (2014) Low number of psychiatrists in India  … Continue reading Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 2)

Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 1)

Mental illnesses are conditions that affect our thinking, perception or emotional response to events. They do not manifest similarly in all individuals and can develop as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia among others. While the precise biology of these disorders is unknown, scientists believe that genetics, environmental causes and psychosocial stress have a role … Continue reading Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 1)

அறிவியல் கடல் – உதாரண உயிரினங்கள்

This is our first podcast in Tamizh - the first in a new series titled ‘அறிவியல் கடல்’ which means ‘Sea of Science’. The title of this podcast is ‘உதாரண உயிரினங்கள்’ which is Tamil for model organisms. We will be focussing on the use of these organisms in biological research. Following is an English transcript. Abhishek: … Continue reading அறிவியல் கடல் – உதாரண உயிரினங்கள்

Music in the time of hearing loss

by Amrita Anand Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies are celebrated masterpieces of Western classical music. But, did you know that he composed several of them while suffering from severe hearing impairment? Beethoven’s sad predicament is by no means an isolated case: many acclaimed modern day musicians, including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, suffer from hearing loss. … Continue reading Music in the time of hearing loss

A Soupçon of SciComm with Vivek Nityananda on stereo vision in Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis (Photograph by Patrick Kavanagh)   Who are you and what do you do? I am Vivek Nityananda, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University where I  am affiliated with the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. The main focus of my research is on how animals use their senses and cognition and how that links … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Vivek Nityananda on stereo vision in Praying Mantis

Vigyaan-Vichaar – Janasuddi with Dr. Kollegala Sharma

Despite the multitude of languages that exist in India, communication of science is often limited to only a few and often centred around major cities. This obviously leads to the problem of scientific knowledge and ideas not reaching those who would benefit from it the most. But all is not doom and gloom. Armed with … Continue reading Vigyaan-Vichaar – Janasuddi with Dr. Kollegala Sharma