A Q&A about my job and science journalism

A couple weeks ago, some students from a university in South India got in touch to ask a few questions about my job and about science communication. The correspondence was entirely over email, and I'm pasting it in full below (with permission). I've edited a few parts in one of two ways – to make…

The forgotten first lives of India’s fauna

Two juvenile purple frogs rest on wet soil dotted with tiny green leaves.

https://twitter.com/TheHinduScience/status/1327211745677545472 Prof. Biju said the Rohanixalus is the 20th recognised genus of the family Rhacophoridae that comprises 422 known Old World tree frog species found in Asia and Africa. He said there are eight frog species in this genus Rohanixalus, which are known to inhabit forested as well as human-dominated landscapes right from the northeast,…

The metaphorical transparency of responsible media

We in India often complain about how the media doesn't care enough to cover science stories. But when we're looking back and forward in time, we become blind to the media's efforts.

Psych of Science: Hello World

Hello, world. 🙂 I'm filing this post under a new category on Is Nerd called Psych of Science. A dull name but it'll do. This category will host my personal reflections on the science in the stories I've written or read and, more importantly, of the people in those stories. I decided to create this category after the Social…

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…