Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Flight of Ideas
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

The repeal of the Open Internet Rules in America spells opportunity for other regions

Speak Easy: The utility of bilingual dictionaries
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

Here's why it has been integral to love, war and trade since ancient times.

Cyberwar for Dummies
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

A simple, non-technical starter pack for understanding the new lines of fire in the electronic battlefield

Breaking Down News: Here lies the General
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

Slobodan Praljak’s public suicide at the Hague denying war crime charges, and Uncle Sam’s bad signals for net neutrality

Speak easy: Into the Great Wide Open
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

X marks the spot as private players seek nationhood and kingdoms on earth and in space.

Breaking Down News: One Queen to Rule Them All
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

How Padmavati’s trailer overtook the main feature, and the cop-out in Zimbabwean coup reporting

Breaking down news: The rumours can’t have it
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

Market whispers coexist with legitimate coverage of the markets, and media faces a similar problem — consumers have to differentiate between credible coverage and incredible claims.

Speak easy: There are no spoons
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

A paper on quantum complexity pulls the plug on seductive theories about supercomputers simulating parallel universes.

Breaking Down News: Hazed and confused
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

North India reels as smog doesn’t quite get state borders and what’s thrown a spanner in the creative wheels of Twitter

Breaking down news: Make up news
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The New York Times has taken a loaded step, opening a door to the Dark Web, the part of the internet which is not visible to search engines and can only be accessed through the Tor anonymising network.

Speak easy: Dead men tell tales
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

One doctor’s journey to producing the world’s biggest scientific study of the human mind during clinical death.

Breaking Down News: Gabbar’s Day Out
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Rahul Gandhi finds his voice and Twitter expands on his Gabbar Singh Tax jibe while a thesis brings down Cambridge University’s repository website

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