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Posts published in February 2018

The Real Master of the Brain: Glia?

For decades, researchers working on neurodegenerative disorders (like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) focused on figuring out what happens in the neurons (brain cells). Brain research is…

Beyond the Gates : Onesta

Looking for that perfect pizza place to mark the end of a stressful week? Read on! Onesta as the Italian name suggests, is a beautiful…

Unraveling Uncertainty

Uncertainty is present all around us, from the change in climate around the world to the oscillations of nerves in the nerve-muscle junction. Observing the…

Who Moved My Elections?

As of today, Hostel Elections for the academic year 2018-19 have not been notified by the Student Election Commission (the organization charged by the Students’ Constitution to conduct elections) and it seems likely that hostel elections shall be conducted only in mid-August 2018. The potential ramifications of this move are numerous, and the manner in which the decision to postpone the elections was taken raises many important questions. Varun Sridhar, Venkataraman Ganesh, and Kaushik Viswanath report.

Up in a Flurry: The Chaos Behind Natural Flight

Human-built air vehicles glide, chop, or propel themselves through the air. Nature’s fliers, however, flap their wings. Flapping flight is a complicated phenomenon, and understanding…

Shaastra Spotlight Interview: Prashant Bhushan

Akash Kumar sits down with Prashant Bhushan, prominent lawyer, activist and politician, in this interview by T5E at Shaastra 2018. Mr. Bhushan was invited by…

Insti in the News: Feb 3rd – Feb 10th 2018

An IITM alumnus Sanskrit scholar donates INR 90,00,000 to set up an adjunct chair professorship in the institute. [The Hindu]   Finance Minister Arun Jaitley…

Saarang Interviews: Naveen Richard

Correspondent: Meenakshi Kumar Image Source: Deccan Chronicle  Meenakshi Kumar sits down for a quick chat with stand up comedian Naveen Richard, who needs no introduction,…

Interview with Dr. YV Reddy

Abhishek Kelkar and Niharika Gunturu interview Dr. YV Reddy who was in the institute on 18th January to give an EML. Dr. YV Reddy is…

We’re hiring correspondents!

  The Fifth Estate is hiring new correspondents for the Jan-May 2018 semester. Although we’re not looking for editors right now, exceptional applicants for editorial positions…