Category Archives: Biology

Written on Oct, 01, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
I DRINK, THERFORE I AM: MYSTERIES OF HUMAN BRAIN

The latest research in favour of ‘moderate’ alcohol consumption every day, is here analysed, while the word ‘moderate’ needs clarification. It reminds me of Madonna’s song, “like a Prayer”: Life is a mystery/Everyone must stand alone […], which she sang in 1989 for Pepsicola, when ‘cola war’ was hotting up, and she stirred some controversy. This column is about whether …

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Written on Sep, 24, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
COMING TO GRIPS WITH COLD WATER & STAR SIGNS

I’ve been through an emotional wringer in my last week’s column. Now it’s countdown to hot water.    Science keeps changing things that we are comfortable with. Many things once we thought right have become false or vice versa, such as the germ-killing evidence of hot water. Biologist Jonathan Wells argues in Zombie Science that DNA does not contain the genetic …

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Written on Jul, 09, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
AN AMERICAN COMPANY TO REBOOT DEAD MEN TO LIFE THIS YEAR

It’s impossible to ask a baby not to cry, but it’s not seemingly impossible to bring the dead to life. It might sound as though the story comes out of a science fiction film. No, it’s real. An American firm called Bioquark Inc, a Philadelphia-based company is planning to bring death back to life. Bioquark believe that brain dead state …

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Written on Jun, 25, 2017 by in , | Leave a comment
HUMAN EVOLUTION IS FINALLY OVER

One man’s radical thinking changed the reality of the beginning of our existence from what had been the mind-set of medieval people for centuries all over the world. Darwinian (biological) evolution has been going on over the past 4 billion years, following  the Earth’s formation 4.5 billion years ago. The facts of evolution ie the notion that all living forms …

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Written on Jun, 18, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
SMARTENED HUMAN BRAIN IN ALGORITHMIC PROBLEM SOLVING

Scientific-thinking human brain has tripled human life expectancy with newer technology and advances in medicine. How does the brain do that? Brain is the greatest mystery in science. It’s not like the world-famous mystery-romance of Daphne du Maurier’s Oscar-nominated film, My Cousin Rachael, starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton that I saw in Bombay 1952. Only recently (2014), VS …

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Written on May, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
Human Mind

The human mind is the most advanced technology. I’ve always thought the mind is ‘the brain in action’. If you get your head knocked off with a hammer you’ll lose your mind for a while. A dead person has no mind. Mind is processed by the brain when our sensations like smell or pain collect information from the environment, and …

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Written on Apr, 23, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS RISK DEMENTIA & EARLY DEATH

The origin of the game of football was shrouded in mystery, as was of Polo. It’s now agreed it began in England in 1581, codified in 1863. It was introduced to Manipur by James Johnstone in his Johnstone  School. Before WWII my eldest brother Gokulchandra (ex-Johnstonian) played football barefooted, for Ashutosh Engineering College in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh, against a …

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Written on Apr, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
MANGAKNABA

News is the first rough draft of history. Here’re some news that will be history in the next few years such as, doctors as fortune tellers by doing single blood test that can tell how a person will age, after scientists decoded blood “signature” patterns which predict ill health. Researchers at Boston University, US, have learnt to recognise combinations of …

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Written on Feb, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
GOOD SCIENTIFIC NEWS FOR PROSTATE CANCER SUFFERERS

Science is a boring subject for most students and they find it difficult. For example, the theory of  the vanishing Space and that Time does not exist, defying Einstein who showed a century ago that space and time cannot be separated, are more than you and I can chew. I think Time is a human construct. We talk about time …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment
DOCTORS CAN READ THE MIND OF THE 'DEAD'

Doctors can read the mind of the ‘dead’, who a decade ago, would have been certified dead, cremated or buried. Mind is the invisible part of thought, which is processed by the brain. Half a century ago, while I was a young doctor, we certified patients dead when their hearts stopped beating. I had another confirming sign to look for …

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