Chunilal Bose was a man way ahead of his times. He sought to spread awareness about the benefits of hygiene and sanitation in rural Bengal and spoke out against adulterated food as well as environmental pollution. A brilliant student of Chemistry and a medal-winning medical graduate, he spoke of the importance of a balanced diet and daily exercise in the early 20th century.
Though the exact cost of Modicare - the government's extension of health insurance for poor people, estimated at Rs 1 lakh crore - is open for debate, what is not disputable is that the cost of insuring India's poor won't fall with time. A sure way of accelerating healthcare inflation, that is speeding the rate of increase of healthcare costs, is by subsidising or paying for health insurance. Insurance is like Newton's Second Law of Motion - velocity keeps increasing as long as force is applied.
Black holes are possibly the most mysterious objects in the universe. The physics that explains these massive cosmic bodies is equally esoteric and beyond the comprehension of all but a select few. The most complex physics can, however, be demonstrated by a deceptively simple experiment. Recently, physicists at the University of Nottingham, UK, showed how black holes behave, using a bathtub and coloured water.
Engineers at the University of Maryland, US, have found a way to make wood more than 10 times as tough, creating a substance that is as strong as titanium alloys known for their toughness, but much lighter and cheaper.
Mayank Vatsa has created a software tool to help people spot a sculpted selfie, a tampered profile picture on Facebook, or a manipulated photograph on a matrimonial website - a tool superior to human eyes.
Eight legs. Fangs. And a whip-like tail. Call it Chimerarachne yingi, a newly discovered arachnid that crawled around rainforests in what is now Southeast Asia more than 100 million years ago - during the Cretaceous period.