Portfolio as Journalist and Science Communicator
Stardust laden eyes with Sonal Thorve [66th byline/11 houses]
I documented the work and life of a science and astronomy communicator.
SciRio — Journalistic — 22nd December, 2021
Another Case Against Science’s Objectivity Myth: Nepotism in Publishing [65/10]
I delved into the findings of a metaresearch study.
The Wire Science — Journalistic — 30th November, 2021
AstroSat confirms neutron stars interact with their extreme environment [64/10]
Astronomers are probing neutron stars’ surface and environment with X-ray telescopes.
Deccan Herald — Journalistic — 18th November, 2021
The Dark Side of “Excellence” [63/9]
I analyse how academic power structures sustain poor mental health conditions.
Notes on the Academy — Journalistic — 15th November, 2021
AstroSat Catches Nuclear Reactions Spreading Across a Neutron Star [62/8]
Scientists have shed important new light on the astrophysics of thermonuclear bursts.
The Wire Science — Journalistic — 7th October, 2021
Tuning into the radio sky with Shilpa [61/8]
Shilpa’s troubleshooting skills have kept India’s eyes into the universe open for many years.
The Life of Science — Journalistic — 13th August, 2021
Looking through the fog [60/8]
Researchers have demonstrated an improved method of capturing images through fog.
Research Matters — Communication — 31st July, 2021
শীর্ষ প্রতিষ্ঠানগুলির চালক জাতিবাদ [59/8]
কীভাবে জাতিবাদ আধুনিক ভারতীয় শিক্ষাপ্রতিষ্ঠানগুলিতে প্রকাশিত এবং সমৃদ্ধ হয় তা আমাদের সামনে এলো দলিত, বহুজন ও আদিবাসী সাংবাদিক, শিক্ষাবিদ এবং কর্মীদের মধ্যে একটি অনলাইন আলোচনার মাধ্যমে।
The Life of Science — Transcreation — 29th July, 2021
Long burst short: an unexpected supernova [58/8]
Researchers have discovered the shortest duration gamma ray burst accompanied by a supernova.
Research Matters — Journalistic — 26th July, 2021
Producing low-cost hydrogen fuel with the help of magnets [57/8]
Researchers have sped up producing hydrogen and lowered the cost.
Research Matters — Communication — 30th June, 2021
A machine that spews maths formulae [56/8]
Researchers have automated writing down mathematical formulae.
Research Matters — Communication — 10th June, 2021
A natural dye extract may protect our eyes from harmful laser [55/8]
Researchers have studied the characteristics of a natural dye extracted from Indigofera tinctoria leaves.
Research Matters — Communication — 1st June, 2021
Bridged: Gaps between mathematical methods of understanding nature [54/8]
Researchers have sealed the mathematical gaps in explaining how particles interact.
Research Matters — Communication — 28th May, 2021
Breaking the genetic code of cancer propagation [53/8]
Researchers have identified two groups of genes that switch activity and help cancer cells evade therapy.
Research Matters — Communication — 17th May, 2021
Molecular hydrogen making up galactic discs come in two forms [52/8]
A researcher has estimated the three-dimensional distribution of molecular and atomic hydrogen in a galaxy.
Research Matters — Communication — 30th April, 2021
Giant clouds of galactic hydrogen explain mystery behind cosmic rays [51/8]
Researchers have explained the rate of charged particle bombardment on Earth.
Research Matters — Communication — 6th April, 2021
Reliable and real-time measurements of magnetic fields [50/8]
Researchers have demonstrated a low-cost digital system to measure magnetic fields efficiently.
Research Matters — Communication — 5th April, 2021
A holistic approach to biodiversity conservation [49/8]
Researchers from ATREE review their work over the past 25 years.
Research Matters — Communication — 24th March, 2021
Planets outside the Solar System are waiting to be found [48/8]
New telescopes and advanced data analysis has had remarkable shifts in discovering planets.
Research Matters — Communication — 17th March, 2021
Simulations show why anomalies exist in uranium [47/8]
Researchers have explained how the electronic and thermal properties of uranium are linked.
Research Matters — Journalistic — 10th March, 2021
How fluids react to surfaces coated with repelling paint [46/8]
Researchers study how water flows past a surface that repels it heavily.
Research Matters — Communication — 5th March, 2021
Directions of rotation drive the collective motion of particles [45/8]
Researchers have used rotation of particles to drive the way they group together and move on a plate.
Research Matters — Journalistic — 27th February, 2021
Infosys Prize 2020 — Special episode with Prof Deshpande and Prof Bilgrami [44/8]
I talk to Prof Prachi Deshpande — Infosys Prize 2020 recipient for Humanities, and Prof Akeel Bilgrami — Jury and Chair, Humanities, Infosys Science Foundation.
Research Matters — Journalistic — 26th February, 2021
We need to be aware of privileged caste hegemony in science and its communication [43/8]
Languages and scripts play a role in the way science is perceived and percolates through society.
Research Matters — Opinion — 19th February, 2021
A natural process may hold the clue to secure encryption of communications [42/8]
Researchers have used a naturally occurring random process to generate random numbers.
Research Matters — Communication — 10th February, 2021
Recovery from Cyclone Phailin in marine fishing communities [41/8]
Researchers investigate social, economic, human, and physical factors driving and resulting in recovery in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin.
Research Matters — Communication — 9th February, 2021
Merging memory and computing in nanoscale devices for efficient computation [40/8]
Scientists have devised a novel approach to combine memory and computation units.
Research Matters — Communication — 5th February, 2021
The laws of electromagnetism at the scale of a few atoms [39/8]
Researchers have demonstrated the reciprocal relationship of electricity and magnetism over a magnetic film.
Research Matters — Communication — 3rd February, 2021
New study reveals how effectively the novel coronavirus spreads through coughs [38/8]
Researchers study the spread of a cough cloud containing SARS-CoV-2.
Research Matters — Communication — 21st January, 2021
Novel AI-based algorithms on well-known physics can speed up technology [37/8]
Researchers have sped up the study of light-matter interaction on specially-engineered surfaces.
Research Matters — Communication — 20th January, 2021
Mathematics answers the biological question of which proteins participate in the mutation of bacteria [36/8]
Physicists and biologists have come together to develop generic mathematics.
Research Matters — Communication — 18th January, 2021
A new approach to film atoms and molecules vibrating inside solids [35/8]
Theoretical and experimental scientists have come together to watch solids vibrate.
Research Matters — Communication — 13th January, 2021
Fertilisers, livestock and biomass burning are spewing ammonia into the air across India [34/8]
Research has pinned down seasonal and geographical variation of the harmful gas and the reasons behind it.
Research Matters — Communication — 11th January, 2021
Efficiently cooling down systems that generate heat [33/8]
A PhD Thesis work has proposed efficient cooling of IC chips, photovoltaic cells, and gas turbine blades.
Research Matters — Communication — 8th January, 2021
A microscopic understanding of materials can widen the scope of their applications [32/8]
Researchers study the relationship between geometry and isotropy to enhance 3D-printing.
Research Matters — Communication — 6th January, 2021
Uranus has many mysterious rings [31/8]
I throw light on the mysteries of Uranus and its rings.
Research Matters — Communication — 24th December, 2020
What’s great about the ‘Great Red Spot’? [30/8]
I gather the stocks on a mysterious spot over Jupiter’s southern hemisphere.
Research Matters — Communication — 16th December, 2020
Nobel Prize 2020 – Episode 3: Laureates in Physics and their work [29/8]
I join our podcast host Aishwarya Viswamitra to explain the works of the 2020 Physics Nobel laureates.
Research Matters — Communication — 14th December, 2020
The role of women in State-led development: A story of paradoxes [28/8]
An anthropologist zooms into the relationship of women and the State in erstwhile Maoism affected areas.
Research Matters — Communication — 9th December, 2020
Finding flood risks at the village-level to facilitate decision-making [27/8]
Science can inform policy combat climate change hazards to flood-prone villages of India.
Research Matters — Communication — 21st October, 2020
Monitoring countrywide levels of air pollutions [26/8]
I report on how Indian scientists are ramping up sites for air quality monitoring around the country.
Research Matters — Communication — 20th October, 2020
Novel design of magnetic channels may cut down costs of transferring electronic signals [25/8]
Scientists have devised a new technique to speed up processing electronic signals at significantly lower costs.
Research Matters — Communication — 3rd October, 2020
Liquids behave differently on curved surfaces than flat ones [24/8]
Scientists study the evolution of liquids on spherical surfaces. I report.
Research Matters — Communication — 2nd October, 2020
Hidden in plain sight: A mental health crisis in academia (Part 2) [23/8]
We examine the status of mental health awareness within Indian academia and discuss possible strategies and interventions to improve the situation.
IndiaBioscience — Journalistic — 2nd October, 2020
Decolonising climate change: The developed world is responsible for our planet’s climate crisis [22/8]
A new study puts the focus of the conversation on Climate Change, on Climate Justice — the lack of which is hurting our collective future.
Research Matters — Journalistic — 1st October, 2020
Hidden in plain sight: A mental health crisis in academia (Part 1) [21/8]
We examine the status of mental health awareness within Indian academia and discuss possible strategies and interventions to improve the situation.
IndiaBioscience — Journalistic — 29th September, 2020
Technology not merely a tool in tennis, but now in the driver’s seat [20/8]
Research on elite tennis has remarkable social science implications. My colleague and I co-report.
Research Matters — Communication — 18th September, 2020
Digging the grave: In search of the remains of merging black holes and neutron stars [19/8]
Astronomers take on an exciting quest looking for electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves.
Research Matters — Communication — 14th September, 2020
Cracked: Scientists show how glass crystallises in real-time [18/8]
Scientists have captured crystallisation of glass, which may take thousands of years otherwise, in movies.
Research Matters — Communication — 7th September, 2020
Who is at the centre of a dog’s world? It’s humans more than dogs! [17/8]
Ecologists have for the first time studied the direct interactions of humans with free-ranging dogs.
Research Matters — Communication — 28th August, 2020
A new approach to quantum information processing at room temperatures [16/8]
Scientists have come up with a novel approach to realise qubits, the fundamental units of quantum computers.
Research Matters — Communication — 27th August, 2020
AstroSat discovers tell-tale signs of cosmic evolution from a young, dynamic galaxy [15/8]
Astronomers have found a galaxy in wavelengths in which it has never been found before.
Research Matters — Communication — 24th August, 2020
Rachana’s pursuit of the oldest stars in the universe [14/8]
I report on the recent discovery by Rachana Bhatawdekar and her team, and profile her journey from IT jobs to the European Space Agency. (This story got an honourable mention in the SciShortform round-up July–December 2020.)
The Life of Science — Journalistic — 21st August, 2020
COVID19 and Cyclone Amphan batter Hobjapara’s ‘migrant’ families [13/7]
Residents of a village an hour from Kolkata live in absolute apathy of all governments and administrations.
Gaon Connection English — Journalistic — 20th August, 2020
Speeding up computing by introducing defects in solids [12/6]
I report on how scientists have carefully engineered defects in materials to speed up computing speeds.
Research Matters — Communication — 3rd August, 2020
Observations of the Sun’s surface defy present understanding of its interiors [11/6]
Scientists are clueless in understanding the Sun, the nearest star and the source of life on the Earth.
Research Matters — Communication — 23rd July, 2020
Radio-images of the Sun explains the anomaly in its atmospheric temperature [10/6]
Researchers explain the Sun’s ‘coronal heating problem’ by studying it via the radio wavelengths.
Research Matters — Communication — 22nd June, 2020
Could One Type of Neutron Stars Explain Where Fast Radio Bursts Come From? [9/6]
A new discovery in the frontier of astronomy supposedly explains the enigmatic fast radio bursts as extragalactic magnetars. I report on theoretical research examining this link and establishing the details of this complicated relationship.
The Wire Science — Journalistic — 3rd June, 2020
Black hole shadows could throw light on dark matter [8/5]
Researchers have investigated the effects of dark matter particles on the growth of black hole shadows.
Research Matters — Communication — 15th May, 2020
Tackling a mental health crisis during a global pandemic [7/4]
I discuss the various ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic can prey upon our mental health, and some small steps that can help one stay connected and grounded during the crisis.
IndiaBioscience — Journalistic — 13th May, 2020
First Person: ‘I survived neglect in UK and stigma in India after I tested positive for Covid-19’ [6/4]
I write in first person anonymous for an Indian student who has recovered from COVID-19.
Scroll — Journalistic — 1st May, 2020
Indian Researchers Work Round The Clock In Quest To Contain Coronavirus [5/3]
I report on how scientists have prepared themselves and others for COVID-19 diagnosis.
Huffington Post India — Journalistic — 13th April, 2020
Battling the Contagious Disease of Racism: A Personal Account From Germany [4/2]
I write in first person anonymous for a person living in Germany.
LiveWire (The Wire) — Journalistic — 26th March, 2020
Park Circus Maidan: Kolkata’s Shaheen Bagh [3/2]
I report from the ground on the developing situation of civic protests against the CAA-NPR-NRC, in Kolkata.
LiveWire (The Wire) — Journalistic — 14th January, 2020
Wake up academia, it’s a brand new mental health patient [2/1]
I draw insights from my own experiences in graduate school to suggest what institutions and individuals can do to improve mental health conditions within academic spaces.
IndiaBioscience — Opinion — 16th October, 2019
Busting a few PhD myths [1st byline/1st house]
I discuss a few myths often believed and perpetuated by graduate students throughout India, which can prove detrimental to their scientific journeys.
IndiaBioscience — Opinion — 8th May, 2019