How to make medical decisions based on Bollywood movies

A few days ago, I wrote a short medical article on how Bollywood was an excellent source of information on how to treat bullet wounds. Based on the excellent feedback I received, I decided to search for a suitable venue for publication in a scholarly medical journal. Physicians and life scientists generally use PubMed, a … Continue reading How to make medical decisions based on Bollywood movies

How to kill small animals for no good reason

The dissection. I stared in resignation at the pouch-like underbelly that contained all of the entrails of Rana, the unfortunate amphibian in front of me. It looked so fresh. No matter. Best to get this over with as soon as possible. Singh Sir had a zero-tolerance policy towards miscreants in his class and the orders … Continue reading How to kill small animals for no good reason

How to treat non-lethal bullet injuries: lessons from Bollywood movies

Abstract: There is currently insufficient detail on how to perform emergency surgery for ridiculous bullet wounds that result from confronting Hindi film villains in everyday situations. Therefore, a clinical survey was undertaken with the purpose of identifying acceptable medical procedures compliant with known Bollywood practices. Two case studies presented here demonstrate that despite identical etiology, disparate … Continue reading How to treat non-lethal bullet injuries: lessons from Bollywood movies

How to catch a killer or a spy

How to catch a killer. Murders happen all the time. As reported by the UN, there were at least 37,000 murders in India in 2002 making it at least one of the top two "killer nations" that year (since China did not openly disclose this sort of data). In addition to the reported numbers, there … Continue reading How to catch a killer or a spy

Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.

I couldn't fail to be amused. India's Environment Minister Jayram Ramesh calls for the introduction of a genetically-modified insect-resistant crop plant dubbed the Bt brinjal and the nation goes crazy. First, I owe my global readers an explanation. What is known in Indian English as the brinjal is also known elsewhere as the eggplant and the … Continue reading Bt brinjal bharta – a saga of lau and whylence.

Monkeys can do math so let them solve the oily bamboo problem

A research article published this week in the prestigious scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences caught my attention. Two German scientists report that monkeys have the brain structure to learn and apply basic mathematical rules. Chartered accountants and theoretical physicists thought they were unique, but now  this article shows that non-human monkeys … Continue reading Monkeys can do math so let them solve the oily bamboo problem

Taking a leap into quantum jumping?

I just found this interesting website that promises to provide tips on how you can transform yourself into a "universe-hopping utopian being." It is about this technique called "quantum jumping," by which you can enter into a parallel universe and get insights from alternate twin versions of yourself. The Digital Silver Version costs only $97  … Continue reading Taking a leap into quantum jumping?

Not all Nobel Prizes are equal

As this years Nobel Laureates collect their prizes, a post in The Great Beyond mentions that winners in future years might actually get less prize money. The Nature blog quotes a story in Reuters which states that the Nobel Foundation has taken a 20% hit in assets due to the global recession. On Twitter, Jason … Continue reading Not all Nobel Prizes are equal