The epic riddle of dating Ramayana, Mahabharata

Sunaina Kumar

The dating of the Ramayana and Mahabharata is a project that attracts intense debate as passionate pursuers apply new techniques to look for answers

Documentary Dictatorship

Shame: the Nehru Papers are still inaccessible to most Indian scholars and researchers

Tall Tales

Men are 11 centimetres taller than they were 100 years ago

History is in the Telling

Dalrymple’s book is well researched, but that still doesn’t mean we take his account at face value

The Constant Writer

Ramachandra Guha on the thrills of research, the insecurity of academics and their love of jargon, and why he doesn’t take holidays

Gulp! They were Big

Elephants need to eat for 18 hours a day. Large dinosaurs would need to have eaten for 30 hours a day. How then did they manage to get so big?

Sleep on It

Dreams of a task being learnt improve performance, suggesting that they may be by-products of memory processing.

“We can’t disable our hidden brain”

Author Shankar Vedantam on the mental prejudice-graph which kicks in as early as age three, how it influences stock markets and why it turns some into suicide bombers.

Maths of Moviemaking

Hollywood films increasingly use shot lengths of a particular pattern that best holds our attention.

Fundamental Forces and Chopping Wood

From Newton to Einstein, understanding gravity has been the holy grail of physics. Professor T Padmanabhan of the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, spoke to Open of the work for which he was awarded the 2009 Infosys Prize for the Physical Sciences.


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