The divide between scientists and lay people is big everywhere

Renowned radio astrophysicist Govind Swarup was a driving force behind India’s efforts in the field of radio astronomy.

There’s a lot of history on Indian science and the people who contributed to it. What challenges did you face in finding all these anecdotes?

It took a long time. I didn’t finish (the research). Covid-19 finished it for me. I would have loved to take another three months. As you can see, the final chapters are a bit shorter. And that is by design—it is not necessarily because of covid—because biology started very late. A major challenge was uneven documentation. This is a problem about any history that you write of India. It may be rich in some areas and not in others. But you cannot write an uneven book, so you have to work that much harder to get more information. If you can’t, you have to bring down

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CCE tiny house makes powerful energy impact

Built on top of an 8-by-24 foot trailer and weighing around 12,000 pounds, the PowerHouse looks smaller than most RVs and boasts signature tiny house touches like cheerful blue paneling, a pitched roof and a friendly pink door to welcome visitors.

But inside, where tiny home builders would typically tuck away hidden storage and multi-use furniture, are a variety of energy-saving innovation demonstrations, turning it into a mobile education and outreach station.

Part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Tompkins County Get Your Greenbacks program, the PowerHouse helps CCE educators tackle environmental issues and social inequities by making energy savings concepts tangible and easy to understand. Displayed across the Southern Tier, and soon other areas of New York state, the PowerHouse is staffed by members of the CCE Tompkins County Smart Energy Choices program, which operates Get Your Greenbacks Tompkins.

A PowerHouse guest learns how small air leaks around windows

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