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I Wonder, Issue 5, Nov 2018


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As a child growing up in rural Kerala, my chief entertainment was reading: mostly science, history of science and, also, biographies of scientists. To me, science seemed pure and uncluttered by politicking. I thought of scientists as completely rational beings, driven only by a desire to uncover the mysteries of the universe. In my mind, they were impartial observers, experimenters and thinkers, untouched by personal prejudices.

But, as I grew up, I came to realise that this was far from the truth. No doubt, the history of science has many examples of cooperation between scientists, often from multiple disciplines, working together to uncover the mysteries of nature. But, it is also peppered with examples of prejudice, power play, factionalism, politics and one-upmanship. One such example is the exciting story of the uncovering of the structure of DNA shared in this issue’s ‘Discovering the Helical Staircase’. Every time I dwell on this path-breaking discovery, I am left with deep sadness at how one of the scientists who contributed significantly to this achievement – Rosalind Franklin – received hardly any credit for it. This is a reflection of how women scientists were systematically relegated to the background in those days. The men who dominated science wanted to keep it that way – dominated by men. How much more would science have progressed if women had been given their rightful say and encouragement?
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i wonder - Issue 05
 

Editorial



Editor's Desk
 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
 

Emerging Trends in Chemistry



Why Synthesize New Elements
Sushil Joshi

 
 
Metal-Organic Frameworks: The New All - Rounders in Chemistry Research
Joel Cornelio

 
         
Fluorescent Tags: Indispensable Tools In Medicine
Neeraja Dashaputre

 

I am A Scientist

         
Interview
Vena Kapoor

 
ACTIVITY SHEET - EARLY BIRD NATURE DETECTIVES BINGO
Nature Conservation Foundation

 

Research To Practice



Students As Teachers: How Science Teachers Can Collaborate With Their Students Using Peer Instruction
Kevin Close, Nicole Bowers, Rohit Mehta, Punya Mishra & J. Bryan Henderson

 

The Science Lab



Determination Of The Molar Mass Of Students In A Chemistry Class
Sangeetha Balakrishnan

 
 

Discovering Science
G S Rautela

 
    G S Rautela
 

Serendipity



Why Is The Fish Blue?
Navodita Jain & Swagatha Ghosh

 

Big Questions



The Mystery Of Dark Energy
Amitabha Mukherjee

 
POSTER - DOPPLER EFFECT
Ramgopal (RamG) Vallath

 

Teaching As If The Earth Matters



Powering (Human) Life On Earth
Radha Gopalan

 
 

Clean Energy
A. Q. Contractor

 

Annals Of History



Discovering The Helical Staircase
Rohini Chintha

 

Life In Your Backyard



The Scent Orchestra Of Flowers
V. S. Pragadheesh & Shannon Olsson

 
POSTER - SOME INTERESTING SCENTS OF FLOWERS
V. S. Pragadheesh & Shannon Olsson

 

Explore



The Chemistry Of Life
Anagh Purandare & Aniruddh Sastry

 

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