Science & Technology

Limits of Scientific Experimentation in Political Science

Political scientists whose subject matter falls outside the field of political behaviour tend to regard experimentation as impractical or unethical or both. Few researchers are comfortable with the idea of randomly altering constitutional arrangements, alliances, or political cultures. This is usually where the discussion of experimental methods ends. But experimental thinking can be useful even […]

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Telomeres: The Aglets of our Cells

Telomeres are the aglets of human cells. Like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces, these are sheaths or caps at the end of each strand of the DNA; they facilitate cell division and prevent our chromosomes from fraying or fusing into each other, so that our genetic data is protected from getting jumbled. […]

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Artificial Intelligence is Becoming Intelligent

Bangalore-based technical writer, Farheen, tells us about Artificial Intelligence, and some of its latest use, in the popular column that’s back after a sabbatical. Follow Thursday Techguru, beginning this week, exclusively on Different Truths. Sandford University defines Artificial Intelligence, “It is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is […]

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The Rise of the Scientific Democrats

A group of ‘scientific democrats’ included the philosopher John Dewey, President Herbert Hoover, the physicist Robert A. Millikan, the anthropologist Franz Boas – and Vannevar Bush, the electrical engineer who directed the wartime effort to build the first atomic bomb. They constituted a large proportion, perhaps even an outright majority, of those Americans engaged in […]

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Islamic Contributions to Science

Islamic scholars and scientists played a significant role in defining and shaping philosophy and science. What were the points of agreements and departures from the western thoughts? Ashoka, in this in-depth research, uncovers an area less visited, exclusively in Different Truths.   The word ‘Islam’ in the title denotes both Islam as religion and as […]

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Progressive Evolution of the Human Species

Categories and boundaries have long obsessed students of the natural world. The organisation of information about animals, plants, and minerals into a coherent system was part of the core disciplinary, or proto disciplinary, agenda of eighteenth – and nineteenth – century naturalists. A taxonomic system was necessary for the practical purposes of retrieval and comparison, […]

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Man and his Universe: Evolution of Chemical Elements – II

The fact that all elements except hydrogen, helium, and lithium are made in stars and their subsequent explosions has only been known for less than sixty years. With the elucidation of how and where the chemical elements are forged in stars came the realisation that there is a chemical evolution in the universe, causing a […]

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The Interconnectedness of all Things

Our columnist, Shernaz finds an interconnectedness in various aspects of life. We are not just interconnected, we are interdependent and to take it further ‘we inter-are’, ‘interbeings’ as the beloved Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh or simply Thây, teaches us. It means that we would not ‘be’ without the ‘others’ and that ‘others’ includes the […]

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Man and his Universe: Understanding the Formation of Galaxies is the Key to our Cosmic History

The mysteries of Galaxies and the Universe is mind boggling. It contains nearly all the stars and planets in the Universe, play host to the supermassive black holes in their centres, and serve as signposts delineating the large-scale cosmic web of dark matter structure. How galaxies were formed is a central question in astronomy. And […]

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