Category Archives: nature

Clinical Depression in the Context of Human Evolution

If evo­lu­tion ensures sur­vival of the most adapt­able species, how did it not van­quish men­tal depres­sion in humans? This ques­tion has been on my mind for sev­er­al years, and it is time to exam­ine it in the con­text of a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Do New Scientist’s Headlines Make Sense?

When I was in school, I was asked to par­tic­i­pate in a debate: “Sci­ence: A Cure Or A Dis­ease?”. Yes, my school sucked. Since then, I’ve been observ­ing how the dis­ci­pline of sci­ence remains large­ly mis­un­der­stood or not under­stood at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Religion in Environmentalism

In the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing my pop­u­lar post Reli­gion vs. Gen­der Equal­i­ty & Fem­i­nism, there was a ref­er­ence to reli­gion and envi­ron­men­tal­ism. As if on cue, the Pope has now said: “Is it not true that incon­sid­er­ate use of cre­ation begins … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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New Species from India

Every time we read about nature and wildlife in India, it is almost always depress­ing news about how ele­phants are being tor­tured and how the tiger pop­u­la­tion is dwin­dling to extinc­tion. How­ev­er, there has been a lot of good news … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Artificial Wildlife Conservation

On the day when a court in Jodh­pur sen­tenced Bol­ly­wood actor Salman Khan to five years impris­on­ment, sci­en­tists at the Hyder­abad-based Lab­o­ra­to­ry for the Con­ser­va­tion of Endan­gered Species (LaCONES) cel­e­brat­ed a unique achieve­ment. They had suc­cess­ful­ly giv­en birth to a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Bringing Alternative Medicine into the Mainstream

A week back, the Gov­ern­ment of India issued a press release that ref­er­enced the Gold­en Tri­an­gle Part­ner­ship Scheme. Now, the Econ­o­mist has a more elab­o­rate arti­cle on it: India, too, has a long tra­di­tion of herbal med­i­cine, and its gov­ern­ment … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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We’re All Out Of Africa

An impor­tant sci­en­tif­ic find­ing was report­ed a cou­ple of weeks back, that has very impor­tant impli­ca­tions. Palaeon­tol­o­gists and mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gists have dis­agreed with each oth­er regard­ing the ori­gins of mod­ern Homo sapi­ens. Since 1987, mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gists have believed, using DNACon­tin­ue read­ing

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The Hottest Stuff in the World

In Sep­tem­ber 2000, a mil­i­tary lab­o­ra­to­ry in the gar­ri­son town of Tezpur in north­east­ern India announced that it had iden­ti­fied the hottest chili in the world. After some dis­put­ing claims and ques­tions of authen­tic­i­ty, it was sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven by New … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Fittest vs. Fanatictest

After the Chris­t­ian fun­da­men­tal­ists’ ape-like antics dur­ing the Hin­du priest’s open­ing the Sen­ate morn­ing ses­sion, comes a more wor­ri­some por­tent. The Den­ver Post reports that evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gists and uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sors teach­ing evo­lu­tion have been receiv­ing death threats from a Chris­t­ian … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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