O Voyager, where art thou?

On September 5, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe to study the Jovian planets Jupiter and Saturn, and their moons, and the interstellar medium, the gigantic chasm between various star-systems in the universe. It’s been 35 years and 9 months, and Voyager has kept on, recently entering the boundary between our System and the Milky…

A Periodic Table of history lessons

This is pretty cool. Twitter user @jamiebgall tweeted this picture he'd made of the Periodic Table, showing each element alongside the nationality of its discoverer. It's so simple, yet it says a lot about different countries' scientific programs and, if you googled a bit, their focuses during different years in history. For example, A chunk…

A battery of power

Lithium ion batteries have found increasing usage in recent times, finding use in everything from portable electronics to heavy transportation. While they have their own set of problems, they’re not unsolvable. And when they are solved, they’ll also have to find other reasons to persist in a market whose demands are soaring. The simplest upgrade that…

Hello and welcome to my personal blog. I'm a science reporter and blogger at The Hindu, an Indian national daily. I'm interested in high-energy physics, the history and philosophy of science, and photography. When no one's looking, I fiddle with code and call myself a programmer. I enjoy working with the infrastructure that props up…

A closet of hidden phenomena

Science has been rarely counter-intuitive to our understanding of reality, and its elegant rationalism at every step of the way has been reassuring. This is why Bell’s theorem has been one of the strangest concepts of reality scientists have come across: it is hardly intuitive, hardly rational, and hardly reassuring. To someone interested in the bigger…

On bad films and their purpose

The reason there are these movies that are adapted from books and don't do well at the box office is that there are many people who haven't read those books. Even though it's reasonable that production houses see movies as standalone creative products, separate from the books, it's the existence of an audience for either…

Can science and philosophy mix constructively?

Quantum mechanics can sometimes be very hard to understand, so much so that even thinking about it becomes difficult. This could be because its foundations lay in the action-centric depiction of reality that slowly rejected its origins and assumed a thought-centric one garb. In his 1925 paper on the topic, physicist Werner Heisenberg used only observable quantities…

A closet of hidden phenomena

Science has been rarely counter-intuitive to our understanding of reality, and its elegant rationalism at every step of the way has been reassuring. This is why Bell’s theorem has been one of the strangest concepts of reality scientists have come across: it is hardly intuitive, hardly rational, and hardly reassuring. To someone interested in the bigger…

Can science and philosophy mix constructively?

Quantum mechanics can sometimes be very hard to understand, so much so that even thinking about it becomes difficult. This could be because its foundations lay in the action-centric depiction of reality that slowly rejected its origins and assumed a thought-centric one garb. In his 1925 paper on the topic, physicist Werner Heisenberg used only observable quantities…