October 2013

Science: Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by US and international scientists indicated positive detections. Read more ....

If you got beat up by a bully on your walk home from school every day, you would probably become very afraid of the spot where you usually met him. However, if the bully moved out of town, you would gradually cease to fear that area. Read more ....

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory and telescopes on the ground may have found the most crowded galaxy in our part of the universe. Read more .....

Many viruses and bacteria infect humans through mucosal surfaces, such as those in the lungs, gastrointestinal tract and reproductive tract. To help fight these pathogens, scientists are working on vaccines that can establish a front line of defense at mucosal surfaces. Read more ....

Is your cable television on the fritz? One explanation, scientists suspect, may be the weather - the weather in space, that is. Read more ....

A study by University of Georgia ecologists has found that diversity in mammal immune system genes may have more to do with the opportunity to choose a mate than with exposure to parasites. Read more ....

Humour: Locked out of your own house can be an alarming eperience, especially if you are new to the neighbourhood where neighbours are yet to make your acquaintance. I should know because I have gone through that embarrassing situation. Read more ....


"But that will make the story very grim; the humour will be lost. How will the skeleton show itself exposing all the teeth?"

"Listen further. The doctor's practice expanded and he opened a clinic on the ground floor of our building. I used to make light conversation with him and laughingly enquire about drugs, various poisons which could cause easy death to a person; I used to ask him these things. He was very happy to talk about medicines and drugs and poisons because that was familiar territory for him. Listening to him, I became very intimate with death - it was as if death was like someone who belonged in my house. Love and death; these were the only two things which I had come to recognize."

"My story is almost over; there is not much left to be said."

I gently reminded the apparition that the night too was drawing to an end.

"I noticed that the doctor was very abstracted since the last few days and he felt uncomfortable in my presence. One day, I saw him dressed in fine clothes and preparing to go somewhere in the night after borrowing brother's carriage."

"I could not restrain my curiosity. I went up to brother and, after engaging him in conversation, casually asked where the doctor was going in his carriage."

"Brother answered briefly, 'to die'."

"I persisted and asked brother to tell the truth."

"Brother answered truthfully that the doctor was going to get married."

"Is that true? I said and broke into an uncontrollable fit of laughter."

"I gradually learned that the doctor would receive 12,000 rupees as dowry from the marriage. But why did he have to offend me by keeping the marriage a secret from me. Did I tell him that I would die if he married elsewhere? Men cannot be trusted. I have seen only one man in my life and have learned everything about men in one instant."

"When the doctor came back by evening after visiting his patients, I went up to him laughing all the while and said, 'Well, Doctor, today you are getting married.'"

"The doctor was not only embarrassed but rather dejected at my exuberance."

"I asked him, 'why cannot I hear any music on this happy occasion?'"

"He let out a sigh and asked, 'is marriage really a very happy occasion?'"

"This answer caused me to break into peals of laughter. I had never heard of such a thing. I told him that there had to be music and the house should be decorated and illuminated."

"I pestered brother and compelled him to have the house decorated for the marriage."

"I talked gaily and spoke about my plans on how I would welcome the bride. I asked, 'Well Doctor, will you still continue to go around feeling the pulse of your patients after marriage?'"

"Ha ha ha! Although it is very difficult to read the minds of people, especially men, I can say with certainty that my words pierced the Doctor's heart like darts."

"The marriage ceremony was to be held late in the night. In the evening, brother and Doctor were sitting on the terrace sipping wine. Both of them had this habit. Gradually, the moon appeared in the sky."

"Still displaying my exuberance, I went up to the Doctor and said, 'Doctor have you forgotten? It is almost time for the marriage ceremony.'"

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