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

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

The IgNobel ceremony 2017

Shruti and Abhishek attended the 2017 ceremony of the IgNobels held at Sanders theater on September 14th. Here is a storified version of our live-tweets that went out that evening! https://storify.com/polybiotique/ignobels If you would like to know more about the IgNobels and watch the webcast, you can go to their website here - http://www.improbable.com/ig/2017/  

Neurobabble – A Debate

The Wire recently published an article by Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh on 'The Cognitive Neuroscience of Lynching'. Not only was it badly written, it had warped neuroscience concepts and highly false claims. I countered the original article with a rebuttal. Dr. Shaikh wrote her replies here. Following this, Dr. Shaikh has refused to engage in any … Continue reading Neurobabble – A Debate

Lighting up the brain

Many separate fields such microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience have intersected to give rise to a new field called Optogenetics. Quite simply, optogenetics involves using genes to help single cells make light sensitive proteins. Widely used in neuroscience, optogenetics has revolutionized the way single and groups of neurons are studied and manipulated in … Continue reading Lighting up the brain