Amitabh Sinha


Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.

Gaganyan: How to send an Indian into space
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

PM Narendra Modi announces 2022 target, marking culmination of nearly 15 years of preparations by ISRO. How much ground have scientists already covered, and how much more remains before manned mission takes off?

Maths that won Fields Medal: number theory diversified, optimal transport
Fri, Aug 03, 2018

India-origin Akshay Venkatesh takes number theory to new disciplines, Germany’s Peter Scholze works on ‘perfectoid spaces’

Here’s how the government plans to use DNA profiles, samples and records
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

After a series of attempts to legislate DNA technology, a Bill on the subject has been cleared by the Cabinet. Whose DNA does the Bill propose to use, and how? How will it address privacy concerns?

Rain check: June nearly normal
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

After an extended dry spell, late rainfall helped the first month of the monsoon end well. A look at what had caused the dry spell, what broke it, and what the weather office expects in the near future.

In the liver’s secrets, new hope for medicine
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

From the Lab — The research: The mechanism through which the liver regulates fat secretion into the bloodstream

Fact check, ground reality: Can mass jumping by World Cup fans trigger an ‘artificial earthquake’?
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

This is not the first time that “earthquakes” have been attributed to sports fans. It has happened even in India: during IPL matches, there are readings on a seismograph whenever a boundary is scored.

Using seven rivers, three interlinking projects to build a national water grid
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Union Cabinet gets an update on progress of special committee. What is this panel, and which rivers does its latest report cover?

Costs and benefits: Why birds of a feather sometimes don’t flock together
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Through the literature review, the scientists tried to ascertain whether the motivation for mixed-species socialising was always to benefit from such complementary skills.

From The Lab: New way to clean water polluted by mercury
Tue, May 22, 2018

About four years ago, a group of researchers from IIT-Madras developed a simple kit to help people test whether their drinking water had traces of mercury, or similar toxic heavy transition metal ions like cadmium or lead.

E C G Sudarshan, physicist who missed Nobel, although his work won one
Tue, May 15, 2018

Sudarshan had several other achievements against his name. He was the first one to propose the theoretical possibility of a particle, later named tachyons, that could travel faster than the speed of light.

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar explains: How Pokhran happened
Fri, May 11, 2018

20 years ago, on May 11, 1998, India carried out nuclear tests. What were the circumstances that led to the tests? What did India gain from them? Could testing have happened at another time?

To the early universe, via Timbaktu
Wed, May 09, 2018

In a pristine patch of Andhra Pradesh, where the air is clean, the sky is clear, there is no noise, and modern digital technology is minimal, scientists will next week seek to confirm unusual findings from space signals.

Less than 3 milliseconds: How pesticides can be made to stick to plants
Tue, May 08, 2018

The scientists say the results can have far-reaching consequences, not just for pesticide use in the country, but also for different kinds of industrial coating applications.

How storms and lightning in North India killed over a hundred in just a day
Fri, May 04, 2018

Big duststorms and lightning are not unusual at this time. Why do they occur, why did so many die?

North India has the foulest air in the world, says the WHO — this is why
Thu, May 03, 2018

According to WHO, 14 of the world’s 15 cities with highest levels of PM 2.5 in 2016 were in 7 Indian states. Geography has a big role in this situation.

Coming soon, book of science stories that changed lives
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Though the stories in the book deal mainly with publicly funded scientific research, the contributions made by private industry, either on their own or in collaboration with public institutions, have also been acknowledged.

New procedure to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

In spite of the rapid increase in power generation from renewable sources like wind and solar, over 60% of India’s electricity is still generated in thermal power plants.

Conditions for normal monsoon, Met forecast soon
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Weather scientists said prevailing conditions were favourable for a good rainfall in the June-September monsoon season. Last year, the country as a whole received rainfall that was 95 per cent of its long-period average.

From the lab: How adequate rainfall helped Indus Valley Civilisation flourish
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

The scientists carried out AMS carbon-dating of tiny ostracod fossils to assess the ages of different layers and measured the isotopic composition of oxygen and deuterium in gypsum from these layers.

Behind tragedy of a death, story of a remarkable scientific experiment
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Changing the original location of the neutrino lab did not help matters. Environmental clearance for the project has given a fresh boost to protests by local people who fear — mistakenly — radiation exposure.