Archive for September, 2012

On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind

There is an interesting news article by R Prasad in Today`s “The Hindu” (Thursday, September 27, 2012)

On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind


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This is an excellent editorial by Peter Golitz in the current issue of ACIE, which is freely available at:


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The Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation (JAI) is an open-access journal, publish papers describing astronomical instruments being proposed, developed, under construction and in use, e.g. on ground-based, airborne, balloon-borne, and space telescopes. JAI will also publish papers that describe algorithmic implementations and techniques, including calibration, that are fundamental elements of instrumentation. JAI will consist of high-quality, refereed papers that are open access and freely available to all.


Editorial Board


Giovanni G. Fazio
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Associate Editors

Paul D, Feldman (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Lincoln Greenhill (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
Dietrich Lemke (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany)
Satoshi Miyazaki (National Astronomical Observatory, Japan)
Steven Murray (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

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Philatelic Tribute to Indian Scientists

Philatelic Tribute to Indian Scientists by Seemin Rubab

Innumerable postage stamps have been issued over the years depicting scientist and their contributions and also institutions of excellence they helped set up or that were named after them. All of which the country could be truly proud of. Exciting stories can be woven around many scientific themes using these postal stamps.

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Source: Science Reporter, Vol. 49, No. 9. Sep 2012

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Inquiries of Heaven

Inquiries of Heaven is the official newspaper of the IAU General Assembly 2012 published by Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics with collaboration of China Features, Amateur Astronomer, Chinese National Astronomy.

In order to access the newspaper please follow the link below,


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Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan His LIFE and WORK

 by  D C V Mallik and S Chatterje, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru University Press (India) Pvt Ltd, 2012

 The book speaks more than what the title suggest. This is not only the story of the foremost scientists of India who rose to the top by his merit and determination but also presents a fascinating tale of the socio-political scenario of scientists and scientific organizations of India prevailing during early to mid twentieth century.

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Source: Science and Culture, Vol. 78, No. 7-8, pp. 357-360, July-August 2012

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Full text of the research papers published in August 2012 can be accessed from Indian Institute of Astrophysics Repository.

 Bramich, D. M., Arellano Ferro, A., Figuera Jaimes, R., Giridhar, S, 2012, Investigation of variable star candidates in the globular cluster NGC 5024 (M53), MNRAS, 424, 2722

Goyal, A., Gopal-Krishna., Wiita, P. J., Anupama, G. C., Sahu, D. K., Sagar, R., Joshi, S, 2012, Intra-night optical variability of core dominated radio quasars: the role of optical polarization, A&A, 544, A37

 Jose, J., Pandey, A. K., Ogura, K., Samal, M. R., Ojha, D. K., Bhatt, B. C., Chauhan, N., Eswaraiah, C., Mito, H., Kobayashi, N., Yadav, R. K, 2012, Optical and near-infrared survey of the stellar contents associated with the star-forming complex Sh2-252, MNRAS, 424, 2486

 Louis, R. E., Ravindra, B., Mathew, S. K., Bellot Rubio, L. R., Bayanna, A. R., Venkatakrishnan, P. 2012, Analysis of a fragmenting sunspot using hinode observations, ApJ, 755, 16

 Muthumariappan, C., Parthasarathy, M., Jayakumar, K., Appakutty, M. 2012,  ɛ Aur in eclipse: Post-AGB primary and disk-shaped secondary, IAUS, 283, 454

Muthumariappan, C., Reddy, B. E. 2012, 1D radiative transfer models of 21 and 30 μm emission features in proto-planetary nebulae, IAUS, 283, 456

 Pravabati, C., Park, C., Yogendran, K. P., van de Weygaert, R. 2012, Hot and cold spot counts as probes of non-gaussianity in the cosmic microwave background, ApJ, 755, 122

 Rodríguez-Ledesma, M. V., Mundt, R., Ibrahimov, M., Messina, S., Parihar, P. S., Hessman, F. V., Alves de Oliveira, C., Herbst, W. 2012, An unusual very low-mass high-amplitude pre-main sequence periodic variable, A&A, 544, A112

 Sahoo, B. K., Das, B. P. 2012, Ba+ quadrupole polarizabilities: theory versus experiment, Phy. Rev. A, 86, 022506

 Vigeesh, G., Fedun, V., Hasan, S. S., Erdelyi, R. 2012, Three-dimensional simulations of magnetohydrodynamic waves in magnetized solar atmosphere, ApJ, 755, 18

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