Stories Written by
T. S. Subramanian
The Indian school teachers who are pioneering archaeology
Across India, school teachers and other people from ordinary walks of life have made stunning archaeological discoveries of great import, and this piece honours them and their contributions to the world.
Indian private sector in space
The Union Cabinet, in a significant decision on June 24, 2020, decided to open India's entire space sector for participation by private industries. This is an important move that will change and mould India's space sector in the future.
The excavation at Sivakalai
Excavations are on at Sivakalai, which is situated 40 km from Tirunelveli town in southern Tamil Nadu. It is an archaeological site to watch out for, and has considerable promise and potential, according to reputed archaeologists.
SpaceX and the future of American space travel
Elon Musk's SpaceX company's Dragon spacecraft, carrying two NASA astronauts, docked flawlessly with the International Space Station (ISS) on May 31, 2020. This is an amazing achievement, writes T. S. Subramanian.
The Pokhran nuclear tests
On the 46th anniversary of India's first nuclear bomb test at Pokhran on 18 May 1974, the author recollects his memories of covering India's second nuclear test in 1998 as a reporter.
The projects delayed by the pandemic and the lockdown
An array of high-profile science and technology projects in various government departments have been stalled due to the coronavirus lockdown. The departments include those of Space, Atomic Energy, Science and Technology, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Culture, and so on.
The unsung heroes fighting coronavirus in India
With about 58 laboratories/complexes strung across the country, DRDO is a massive science and technology organisation for defence applications, which has developed thousands of products for use by the Indian Army, the Air Force, and the Navy. Its facilities are now being used to manufacture ventilators, testing kiosks, disinfection chambers, sanitisers, personal protective equipment, and even ready to eat food.
Why is there such a mystery surrounding the postponement of the GISAT-1 launch?
The day before the launch of the Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1), the mission was aborted, to the shock and disbelief of ISRO's rocket and satellite engineers. A press release blamed 'technical reasons', but when asked about these technical reasons, the response was 'No idea'. Was the launch of our spy satellite postponed because the user-departments were not ready? Or is the reason more sinister, such as US interference? T. S. Subramanian investigates.
The grand histories of Lothal and Vadnagar and the museums that will honour them
A national maritime museum will soon come up at Lothal which will have, among many other things, a recreation of the Harappan dock-yard scene and how it functioned. An "on-site, experiential" museum is also coming up at Vadnagar, Gujarat, adjacent to the trenches dug around the Sharmistha lake in Vadnagar town, where the ASI is conducting excavations from 2014 in several of its localities which are underway to this day.