Akanksha Vaidya Tartan Alumna

Class of 2011


  • Evidence in Mumbai terrorism case should lead to convictions

    My home is a mere three hours away from Mumbai, and I have many relatives living there. The terror attacks that happened in November of last year rattled me. When I went back home that year during winter break, I realized the general sentiments of people — they were upset, and mostly at the government. In fact, the people’s anger led to the chief minister of Maharashtra’s resignation. I felt then ...

    Forum | September 21, 2009
  • How Things Work: Ozone depletion

    Climate change, global warming, and ozone depletion are issues that have been discussed time and time again in the past few years. These issues basically boil down to two main points — first, that we are harming the environment, and second, that our actions are ultimately harming us.
    However, what exactly is happening to the environment that is so harmful for us? And more importantly, what is it...

    SciTech | September 14, 2009
  • How Things Work: Fire art

    When watching performers walk over burning coals, put sticks of fire down their throats, or even pelt out a jet of fire from their mouths, it is hard not to squirm in sympathetic pain. But, unlike you, the performers usually finish their act with a smile on their face and show no semblance of the pain that they ought to have felt. How do these people manage to do their acts? Although all these act...

    SciTech | August 31, 2009
  • Health line

    WHO reports more severe swine flu

    The World Health Organization declared that a new severe form of swine flu is infecting healthy, young people and is attacking the lungs directly. Several countries are reporting that nearly 15 percent of the patients affected by swine flu need intensive care.

    SciTech | August 31, 2009
  • How Things Work: 3D printing

    For architects, making wooden models of their designs probably requires painstakingly hard work. One first has to cut the wood, glue it or nail it together, and then start with the painting and fine detailing. Making such prototypes of their work is tedious even for artists and engineers. It requires a large amount of time and effort just to make these small models. However, with a new technique, ...

    SciTech | August 24, 2009