Whenever scientists achieve a breakthrough in understanding the fundamental laws of nature, it is often accompanied by an age-old question: has science nailed its final nail on the coffin of religion? This debate was reignited in 2016 with the detection of gravitational waves.
The West has always been fascinated with accounts of the East. While there is no unique “Western” or “Eastern” culture, scholars on both ends of the globe have practiced an “exoticisation” of Eastern systems of beliefs and traditions. This may limit the wider engagement with a plurality of ideas prevalent either in the West or the East.
In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon to British computer pioneer, Alan Turing. This came almost six decades after he was (sadly) convicted of “gross indecency” for having an affair with another man. His conviction overshadowed his significant contributions to the field of theoretical computer science and even put an unfair, early end to his life.
Whatever individual women (and men) may feel about having children, the home pregnancy test (HPT) has become one of the most common diagnostic tools available over the counter today. In recent times, Indian pharmaceutical companies have marketed the product both to the “traditional house-wife” as well as to the “Generation Z’ers” using glamorous Bollywood stars.
What comes to your mind when you think of TV commercials for bath soaps? One can recall a sculpted actor pretending to be a “scientist” or “doctor” in a pristine, white lab coat explain why this or that soap has unique, “antibacterial” ingredients which can safeguard your family against harmful “germs”. It may come as a surprise to hear that these antibacterial products (sometimes called antimicrobial or antiseptic) do not have any demonstrated, clinical evidence to prove that they are more effective or safer than plain soap and water. Continue reading “Is your “antibacterial” soap really safe for daily use?”→