Pallava Bagla

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Trump test awaits NASA-ISRO's most expensive satellite

Trump test awaits NASA-ISRO's most expensive satellite

Rediff.com25 Jun 2017

If all goes on well, the NISAR satellite will be launched in 2021 from India using the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).

How ISRO's new satellite will change India's Internet

How ISRO's new satellite will change India's Internet

Rediff.com5 Jun 2017

A truly 'made in India' satellite that will empower a digital India.

ISRO's 'monster rocket' may take Indians to space

ISRO's 'monster rocket' may take Indians to space

Rediff.com30 May 2017

And the first Indian to go into space from 'Indian soil' could well be a woman.

In tribute to Kalam, NASA names new bacteria after him

In tribute to Kalam, NASA names new bacteria after him

Rediff.com21 May 2017

The new organism -- Solibacillus kalamii -- was found on the filters of the International Space Station.

Why India's EVMs are best in world

Why India's EVMs are best in world

Rediff.com26 Mar 2017

Till date, 107 elections to states and three parliamentary polls have been smoothly conducted using the EVMs.

What's giving India's nuclear scientists jitters?

What's giving India's nuclear scientists jitters?

Rediff.com19 Mar 2017

Scientists are puzzled by what caused the mysterious nuclear leak at the Kakrapar Nuclear Power Plant in Gujarat last year, reveals Pallava Bagla.

Why humans can recognise faces and read

Why humans can recognise faces and read

Rediff.com13 Mar 2017

A team led by Kolkata-born scientists has discovered a special sweet spot in the eye plays a crucial role in humans being able to to focus on computer screens and also read, an ability which is unique to Homo sapiens.

Choked! 2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

Choked! 2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

Rediff.com19 Feb 2017

According to a study by the medical journal, the Lancet, air pollution has emerged as the deadliest form of pollution and the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide.

On Wednesday, ISRO will go where no nation has gone before

On Wednesday, ISRO will go where no nation has gone before

Rediff.com14 Feb 2017

On the morning of February 15, ISRO will hurl into space using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle three Indian satellites and 101 small foreign satellites. No other country has ever tried to hit a century in a single mission.

With an eye on Venus and Mars, ISRO attempts mega world record

With an eye on Venus and Mars, ISRO attempts mega world record

Rediff.com12 Feb 2017

India will boldly go to Venus for the first time and re-visit the Red Planet very soon.

Has Everest grown or lost height? We'll know soon

Has Everest grown or lost height? We'll know soon

Rediff.com31 Jan 2017

On its 250th birthday, the Survey of India will send 30 mountaineers, armed with the most modern equipment, to measure the height of Mount Everest.

'Gandhi should have won the Nobel Prize'

'Gandhi should have won the Nobel Prize'

Rediff.com17 Jan 2017

Only 15 people of Indian origin have won the coveted prize. Hoping to correct this situation soon, India has embarked on the most intense dialogue with Nobel Foundation till date.

Surgical strikes reveal India's space prowess

Surgical strikes reveal India's space prowess

Rediff.com2 Oct 2016

In the years to come, India's space assets will play a much bigger role if and when hostilities break out on our borders, says Pallava Bagla.

What Gadkari is doing to end India's fuel crisis

What Gadkari is doing to end India's fuel crisis

Rediff.com13 Sep 2016

India annually spends Rs 4.5 lakh crore on importing petroleum products, and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari feels methane is a cost-effective import substitution. But is it? Pallava Bagla examines the pros and cons.

Revere Mother for her work, not 'miracles'

Revere Mother for her work, not 'miracles'

Rediff.com4 Sep 2016

For the thousands of destitute that Mother Teresa treated, she was 'god incarnate' and her hand was the miracle of love the poor needed. Attributing scientifically-unproven remedies as miracles does not help the followers of Missionaries of Charity and humanity in general, says Pallava Bagla.

'Human sacrifice' at CERN in front of Shiva statue?

'Human sacrifice' at CERN in front of Shiva statue?

Rediff.com2 Sep 2016

Scientist are flabbergasted by the video showing an alleged human sacrifice near a Chola period statue gifted to CERN by India.

'India's nuclear assets are very well protected'

'India's nuclear assets are very well protected'

Rediff.com17 Aug 2016

India's breakthrough in countering a 'dirty bomb'.

How sunflowers may help India meet solar energy target

How sunflowers may help India meet solar energy target

Rediff.com9 Aug 2016

the connection between the sunflower mystery and the 'rotatable solar trees' India plans to develop.

Indo-US research may create designer humans

Indo-US research may create designer humans

Rediff.com4 Aug 2016

'This is the beginning of a big campaign which may last a hundred years of trying to understand the human body in detail.'

Are India's tiger numbers inflated?

Are India's tiger numbers inflated?

Rediff.com24 Jul 2016

How many tigers are there in India?

The good and bad news about India's nuclear programme

The good and bad news about India's nuclear programme

Rediff.com21 Jul 2016

While nuclear engineers cheer KNPP's first full operation, on nine other sites which house atomic reactors, scientists spend sleepless nights.

Modi@2: Hits and misses in science and tech

Modi@2: Hits and misses in science and tech

Rediff.com30 May 2016

'Well begun is half done, today there are more hits than misses by the Modi government in its support towards science in India,' says Pallava Bagla.

ISRO's big leap, embarks on launching swadeshi space shuttle!

ISRO's big leap, embarks on launching swadeshi space shuttle!

Rediff.com15 May 2016

Around 600 scientists and engineers are hoping for the best as they forge ahead with plans of making an indigenous version of a space shuttle.

What makes Kailash Parvat, Ram Setu, Kedarnath so holy?

What makes Kailash Parvat, Ram Setu, Kedarnath so holy?

Rediff.com18 Apr 2016

Scientists believe the unique geological locations where they are situated makes them worthy of veneration.

'India is not becoming intolerant'

'India is not becoming intolerant'

Rediff.com11 Jan 2016

'Some intolerance is there in society. Fortunately, a majority of Indians are tolerant.'

Hurrah! Indian students can work in UK post studies

Hurrah! Indian students can work in UK post studies

Rediff.com14 Dec 2015

Indians are welcome to study and work in Great Britain, says UK's Minister for Science and Universities Jo Johnson.

An Indian mission to Venus?

An Indian mission to Venus?

Rediff.com19 Jul 2015

India, with its demonstrated capabilities of undertaking low cost high value inter-planetary travel, offers great opportunities for NASA to work with.

Indian scientists' new DNA chip for speeding up rice breeding

Indian scientists' new DNA chip for speeding up rice breeding

Rediff.com5 Jul 2015

One Chinese lie has been finally nailed this time by a team of Indian scientists who provide irrefutable evidence that rice did originate in India, a fact contested by China.