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 Ep1

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 Ep1

A Soupçon of SciComm with Pratik Gupte on animal and bird migrations

Who are you and what do you do? I’m Pratik, and I work with GPS movement tracks of African elephants and Indian mesocarnivores. Mesocarnivores are animals that mostly hunt their food, but also supplement their diet with plant matter.  I’m a research assistant at the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Pratik Gupte on animal and bird migrations

A Soupçon of SciComm with Arnab Dasgupta on Cosmology

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of Starship IndSciComm. Its continuing mission - to explore strange new science. To seek out new scientists and new explanations. To boldly go where no one has gone before. https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-scicomm-with-arnab-dasgupta-on-cosmology   Links: Six Easy Pieces Feynman's lectures LIGO  , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIGO Baryonic asymmetry Beauty factory Quark Antimatter (from NASA Science … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Arnab Dasgupta on Cosmology

A Soupçon of SciComm with Deeptha Vasudevan

Deeptha thinks Zebrafish are the coolest fish in the world. Probably even the coolest animal ever? Do you know why? Listen! https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-scicomm-with-deeptha-vasudevan   Zebrafish are native to the Himalayan region! The Dorsky Lab at the University of Utah General introduction to Zebrafish and studying their brain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZDwo20hl1E Zebrafish embryogenesis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ6vkDr_Dec

A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

Shrinivasan Raghuraman studies some really shy animals. But they hunt, taser, harpoon and even suck blood! Want to learn more? Press Play! https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-scicomm-with-shrinivasan-raghuraman   Related links - Shrini's work on cone snail toxins and other cellular profiling Baldomero "Toto" Olivera's laboratory A hunting cone snail A net hunting cone snail Vampire snails Artist: All Free … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

A Soupçon of SciComm with Chintan Sheth

Chintan Sheth can fly to any spot on the planet, whenever he wants. In fact, he can even fly to Mars if he so wishes! He can do this with a click and a scroll. He wants to tell you that you can too! Listen to him talk about his work! https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-sciomm-with-chintan-sheth Links - Chintan … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Chintan Sheth

A Soupçon of SciComm with Devayani Khare

Devayani Khare is a Geomorphologist who talks to us about Citizen Science and all the different ways in which normal everyday people can get involved in doing science. https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-scicomm-with-devayani-khare   Links - Devayani on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Geo_Sophist Devayani's posts on the Travel Scope blog - http://travelscopeindia.com/blog/?author=2 India Biodiversity Portal - http://indiabiodiversity.org/ Article on Citizen science projects in India … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Devayani Khare