Researchers have done significant work to find out how music connects to our brains and how just a few notes can trigger specific responses among us.
Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian
Listen to the story of the rare litigon in Kolkata to understand the politics around hybrids in the animal kingdom.
In this episode of The Intersection, we learn about the crusaders who preserve and restore old books so we don’t lose the invaluable gift of knowledge.
Multi-drug resistant bacteria are growing more powerful each day with microbiologists struggling to find a way to combat these pathogens.
Are robots inherently racist? Or is it inevitable for them to echo and amplify the prejudices their makers hold?
Astronomers hope to find the mystery behind the source of a strange signal and probe the possibility of an extraterrestrial form of life.
Unlike economic parameters like the gross domestic product, can happiness be truly measured?
Communication is essential as a precursor to reproduction – even for plants. So is there a Tinder for them?
Its makers call it YInMn Blue, named after the elements it consists of: yttrium, indium and manganese.
On this special episode, renowned author Amitav Ghosh talks about the lack of urgency in addressing climate change issues and its very serious repercussions.
The second part of this podcast traces the efforts of a few people who are working hard to document, study and preserve rare Indian languages and dialects.
George A. Grierson took 30 years to finish the ‘Linguistic Survey of India’, a monumental publication that documented 179 languages across diverse borders.
Chola idols that may have been over a thousand years old have been retrieved, but how do you tell if they are real?
Meet the 15 people whose job it is to debate the actual possibilities of total destruction of human kind, through a Doomsday Clock.
The iconic Taj Mahal is known for its perfect design, but Dr. Dilip Ahuja noticed there was a fundamental error. Did Emperor Shah Jahan know about it?
The correct protocol after a snakebite does not involve ‘cutting out’ the bite or ‘sucking out’ the venom. Caution, observation, diagnosis and access to medical facilities can save lives.
Several utility items and gadgets we use today are actually inspired by designs and systems already found in nature. Samanth and Padmaparna investigate.
P.C. Mahalanobis’s instrument attempted to assimilate an ‘Indian’ on the basis of her national identity but in a manner the statistician thought would be scientific.
A science-detective story about the biggest scam in the world of ornithology.
A century after Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves, LIGO’s discovery potentially revolutionises not just the world of astrophysics but of science itself.
ISRO recently launched the 5th of 7 satellites that would replace GPS in our country, forever. Find out about the history of this mission and the need for an indigenous navigation system.
The Intersection finds out about the almost rudimentary coordination setup that organises a top-end medical procedure: heart transplants.
What does it take to recreate a dish that’s over 4000-years-old… a dish for which there isn’t a recipe you can refer to?
Armed with low-cost sensors, some people are trying to keep a check on the quality of air around them. Personal benefits aside, can this technology help combat pollution on a larger level?
Around 1.9 million years ago, human beings became fully bi-pedal – able to walk on two legs, instead of four. We may have mastered walking, but do we understand it?
For over two decades, the Ig Noble Prize has been honouring unusual scientific achievements. But do these seemingly silly studies have any real scientific utility?
The unique challenges of feeding an army, and how World War II kick-started food research that changed what and how the Indian army eats.
Childhood nostalgia and a love for nature come together in this episode about a woman who managed to arrest the rapid depletion of flora and fauna on a hill in Mussoorie.
Some of us check the time on our wrists, but most increasingly on our phones. But, who dictates what the correct time is? The timekeepers of the nation are actually based at Delhi’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), which holds the mandate to develop standards of measurement, including, among […]
A fascinating number that crops up everywhere in our universe, pi has mystical and almost philosophical properties. Why is this unending number so important?
Sleep is vital for our physical and mental health. But, are we needlessly sacrificing a third of our life just to sleep? Is there a way to sleep less and well?
Curing migraines has proved to be an arduous task. However, the endogamous Parsi community may provide some vital clues.
The story of a 29-cent US Postal Service stamp that inspired scientists to undertake the journey to Pluto
India is poised to help physicists achieve a clearer understanding of our universe. But first, science needs to overcome politics.
Through interviews, anecdotes and research, Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian bring alive the rich breadth of human imagination and knowledge