Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Fit, Obese or Insecure?
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

A lively introduction to the most disturbing questions of the modern world

Simply put: Now confirmed, mergers of neutron stars are factories of heavy chemical elements
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

After Einstein's prediction and LIGO's detection, 16-nation European Southern Observatory announces first direct visual identification of the source of a gravitational wave.

Speakeasy: Shine On, You crazy diamonds
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

The physics Nobel goes to Ligo, but science fiction is the real star

Breaking down news: Muddle most foul
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

The Talwars were constant story-bait for the same media which didn’t seem as proactive in covering Congress’ press conference on Jay Shah recently

Breaking Down News: White, Noise
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

Race remains a crucial context to the US gun violence narrative and how Kazuo Ishiguro has a pale view of the fake news world

Nobel Prize in Literature, 2017: Writing from the edge of the abyss
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The Nobel Committee corrects course — chooses a Japan-born Briton who, despite not being Murakami, has long been considered adequately worthy of the Award.

Nobel Prize in Physics, 2017: Detectors of ripples in space-time
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Swedish Academy makes amends for 2016 ‘miss’, recognises Laureates’ ‘decisive contributions to Ligo detector and the observation of gravitational waves’ — a vindication of Einstein’s prediction, and the biggest thing in physics since the discovery of Higgs boson.

Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2017: What makes us tick
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2017 has gone to three American scientists for the discovery of the molecular mechanisms that control circadian rhythms, the biological clock that anticipates day/night cycles to optimise the physiology and behaviour of organisms.

Speak easy: Legacies of futures foretold
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

The importance of reading historical texts and why revisionists attempt to change history.

Here Lies The Obit
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Media houses sometimes bury the news before its time, and Wittgenstein is telling you to pull the plug on the TV.

Breaking Down News: Almost Bourne Identity
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

One newsman mistakenly appropriates a slice-of-life of another, and POTUS takes on the wrong ’Un

Speak easy: The Lode Star for Identity
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

For language and literature to thrive in a diaspora, there needs to be a guardian angel to champion its cause.

‘Why has physical violence taken the place of debate? Why are we living in fear?’
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

Author Nayantara Sahgal imagines an India that is being bludgeoned into a monoculture in her new work. It is a story, she says, about the present.

The More Things Change
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The landscape of unfreedom is familiar, but Nayantara Sahgal’s latest work builds on that to offer an older, grimmer world

Breaking Down News: Trainspotting in Gujarat
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

The government guns for development with the bullet train and why it’s time to sharpen those ‘little grey cells’

Kill Quill
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Gauri Lankesh’s assassination is another brazen attempt to bleed the press pen dry

Speak easy: Return To Sender
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

The fictional addresses of London have become institutions unto themselves.

Breaking down news: Milord’s My Shepherd
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Rough ride at the courts for gurudom as Gurmeet Singh is convicted of rape, the latest in a list of babas undone by their sex lives

What if the Gods go crazy?
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Chess champion Garry Kasparov’s unique account of man-machine contests, including that of his clash with IBM’s Deep Blue, and, why he finds machine chess ugly and unsettling.

Speak easy: Rage against the machines
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Modern technology has created robots which are smart enough for scientists to fear if they can outsmart humans.

Stop Web
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Clampdowns on websites that freeze frame the internet and how the Queen can still rock you with her wine routine

Something about Alice and Bob
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Bots with creative language skills have seized the popular imagination. They have also rekindled anxieties about a robocalypse

Bot Luck: Of politicians with alpha streaks and AI bots which are nipped in the beta stage
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

The incident at Facebook’s lab does not foreshadow a botmageddon but it freaked out the press, exposing a contradiction at the heart of artificial intelligence research.

Tell me why
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Good science communicators are essential to great nations. Yashpal was one such, a rarity in India

Speak easy: Doctor Who Will See You Now
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Women have taken centrestage in most professions. Time then for a female lead to helm the longest-running scifi series ever. British TV actress Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor — it’s always “Doctor”, never “Dr Who”, except in the title of the series.

Breaking down news: The clock keeps on ticking
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The statement of the Bulletin also highlights the unquantifiable consequences of artificial intelligence and cybernetics, which have also been headlined this year by professionals who know their onions — Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates.

Beam Me Up A Photon
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

China cast some light into the orbit, while our home minister faced the online firing squad for a tweet.

Breaking Down News: Life’s a Beach in the Promised Land
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

PM Modi's Israel visit steers clear from Palestine as China’s Global Times hijacks Indian broadcast media’s monopoly on high-decibel nationalism

What a 1945 Italian novel reveals about the dilemma of the modern military man
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Perhaps, the finest rendering of the torment of waiting for the enemy was painted by the Italian journalist Dino Buzzati in The Tartar Steppe. His global fame rests on that one novel, which was translated into English by Stuart Clink Hood, whose earlier triumphs, as Controller of BBC TV in the early Sixties, included the commissioning of Dr Who.

Saturated sound and a silence broken
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

In a week that Indian TV was overrun by Modi’s visit to the US while the American press remained less than enthusiastic, came a statement from the PM against cow vigilantism after a year of silence.

Second Nature
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Indira Gandhi’s love for the outdoors set the tone of India’s environmental policies

Breaking Down News: No Sting in the Tale
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

What's bad news for journalism and why The Trump is all pumped-and-primed up

The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record: What would that mean for the world?
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The industrialised human race is on the verge of entering the geological record. What would that mean for the world we know?

Breaking down news: The great American faking show
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Satire is simmered just right in a 2011 fake interview of Henry Kissinger, doing the rounds for the third time now; and how the NYT is getting up to speed to help its paywall rake it in.

Breaking Down News: Storm in a Covfefe Cup
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

An act of media resistance for a less than grand cause and why a 12-year-old Indian student infuriates POTUS.

The book needs the spine : Reasons why ISBNs need to be issued without bias or prejudice
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Publishing is an expensive, high-risk business, proving more reasons for ISBNs need to be issued.