Polio in Syria alarms

November 19, 2013
The ongoing Syrian civil war has led to the deaths of over a hundred thousand Syrians and the displacement of millions. The conflict has also led to the disruption of basic services including previously regular vaccination campaigns for children. In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that ten »

SADANAND: Voyager 1 joins the pantheon of great explorers

September 17, 2013
The science world has of late seemed particularly gloomy.

SADANAND: Advice for to-be Ph.D. candidates

April 9, 2013
I think I can distill what has improved my experience into three tips for those of you bound for graduate school in the sciences and maybe other paths as well.

SADANAND: Previewing Deep Impact

March 26, 2013
Rarely do I have a “For serious? That just happened?!” moment while reading the morning news, but last month’s meteor explosion in Siberia was pretty freaky.

SAHELI: The not-so-dreamy Dreamliner

February 5, 2013
Like many people, I find flying fairly stressful. No matter how many plane safety statistics I read, I can’t help finding turbulence incredibly disconcerting.

SADANAND: Next step in battle against AIDs: a good vaccine

December 4, 2012
For the last 24 years, the world has observed World AIDS Day on Dec. 1st, a day to raise awareness about AIDS and reflect on the progress made and future initiatives in fighting the disease.

SADANAND: Fighting future Frankenstorms

November 13, 2012
In the aftermath of Frankenstorm Sandy, climate change — an issue that was completely ignored in all three presidential debates — has justifiably become a national concern.

SADANAND: Soda bans worth a shot

September 25, 2012
Bipartisanship in Congress may be a pipe dream, but it is alive and well in the Big Apple thanks to an impending soda ban which has united people of all political persuasions in anger. On Sept. 13, the New York City Board of Health almost unanimously approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial proposal to ban sales »

SADANAND: Curiosity calling Earth

September 4, 2012
The recent passing of Neil Armstrong — by all accounts, a humble man in spite of his historic accomplishment — reminded me that if time travel were possible, I would immediately go back to July 20, 1969 to watch the moon landing. It is estimated that over 500 million people worldwide watched Armstrong’s walk on »

SADANAND: The king of the chickens

April 17, 2012
I have a confession to make: I’ve been writing regular science columns for the News for two years now and while I’ve written on many things that interest me, I have yet to write about my first scientific love: dinosaurs! I not-so-secretly look for opportunities to write about them, but have always opted not to »

SADANAND: What the frack?

March 27, 2012
Back in January, the Obama administration blocked construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to the United States. Oh, how times have changed. Last week, President Obama went to Oklahoma and in a rapid reversal — even for a politician — he declared he would expedite construction of the »

SADANAND: The drug shortage crisis requires intervention

February 14, 2012
As the 2012 presidential campaign continues, we’ll only hear more and more repetitive statements about healthcare coverage plans. Lost in the partisan debate about Romney-care vs. Obama-care is a very immediate health concern: drug availability. As of last summer, almost two hundred drugs crucial for treating infections and several types of cancer were in limited »