Harikrishnan Nair

Interested in public policy in the field of renewable energy, reports on science and civic issues, enjoys gaming and loves walking around and wondering stuff out loud.

Articles By Harikrishnan Nair

Hello, Is It Me You Are Looking For?

When scrolling through the phone’s contact list is like a walk down memory lane.

Ethics in a self-driving car: whom should it opt to save in an accident?

Moral Machine Experiment presents tough choices to 2.3 million people worldwide. Amid variations among countries, most put human lives first.

What is the ‘artificial moon’ planned in China?

The objective is to provide an alternative means of street lighting and save on electricity. Since then, the idea has not only received wide coverage but also been viewed with some skepticism.

Kerala floods: Today, Kochi airport will look up to the skies again

After multiple reschedules, the flood-hit airport had announced that it would reopen at 2 pm Wednesday. Before the shutdown, the airport was the seventh largest airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic for 2017-18: A footfall of more than 10 million flyers.

Can EU ruling affect crop gene research?

Along with the genetically modified organisms (GMOs), gene-edited crops are considered to play an important role in increasing productivity. However, question marks remain over the efficiency of gene editing and its potential to disrupt the natural order.

By the side of a dirty Delhi drain, an Indo-Dutch hunt for a cleaning solution

Why a novel project holds out hope for cleaner drains and rivers, free also of ‘contaminants of emerging concern’.

Why Japan has cracked down on Airbnb

Japan, which Airbnb says is the top travel destination in the Asia-Pacific region for its customers, has long had a system of family-run guesthouses in which rooms are let out to visitors. Airbnb’s rapid expansion in Japan rode on the laxity in the enforcement of the minshuku (literally, inn) rules.

Hardlook — Water scarcity in Delhi is playing out in many ways this year

From a court battle between Delhi and Haryana to angry exchanges between neighbours — water scarcity in the capital is playing out in many ways this year. The Indian Express takes stock of the worst-hit areas, where life revolves around when the water tanker will arrive

Paper clip: Parasite that killed UK birds seen in mynas in Pakistan

The authors of the research screened 167 mynas captured from eight locations in Pakistan’s Faisalabad district, and found 20% of the birds to be infected. The birds that tested positive to the parasite were spread across all eight locations.

Crash Course: Junk afloat in space

Recent re-entries of a Chinese space station and an ISRO vehicle throw the spotlight once again on the debris in space.

A Moment Of Reckoning

Facebook represented a world of possibilities for a generation.

Meaning Psychographics: Analysis of personality and opinion, using data

This study had the explicit consent of 58,000 volunteers. Cambridge Analytica, on the other hand, is accused of profiling 50 million users, not just of those who downloaded the particular app, but of their friends as well, to create highly targeted ad campaigns.

As Pink Line stretch opens, a new high for Delhi Metro

A total of 19 trains will be in service on the line. Trains will also ply on two shorter routes — between Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus and Shakurpur, and Majlis Park and Shakurpur stations.

How climate change can lower burden of disease from rising air pollution in India

Study by researchers based at IIT Delhi and University of California, Berkeley suggests that climate change could reduce levels of the highly toxic fine particulate matter of size smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the air above the Indian landmass.

Testing global broadband: Tintins in sky, scoping out a Net for all

Elon Musk wants 12,000 satellites to hook all corners of the Earth to the Web.

Breathe uneasy: A day in the life of a govt Clear-Air-Campaign team in Delhi

While according to NGT orders, parking in the city should be restricted to designated areas, there are only around 250 surface parking lots in the city and even fewer multi-level lots for the estimated 1,400 vehicles that are added to Delhi’s roads every day.

No Longer at Home

The tricky jump from giving up one’s ancestral property, tied up in memories, for an apartment in the builder block that will come up in its place.

Why new Poland law reopens wounds of WWII

Rightwing nationalist government outlaws discussion on Polish involvement with Nazis to stop ‘slander’, Israel frowns.

15 days, 70 teams: Delhi and Centre tie up for cleaner air

The 15-day ‘Clean Air for Delhi’ awareness campaign will see 70 teams of five members each fan out into every Assembly constituency. The teams will monitor sources of pollution and penalise polluters.

Science in 140 characters: Next stop Titan

With data from Rosetta, the team believes it can now drill into the nucleus of the comet to retrieve at least 100 grams material.

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