NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has commenced telecast of a new series, A Question of Science in which scientific curiosity and the chase for answers is the central theme.
This 26-part series on the most exciting cutting-edge research and innovations happening across India’s science labs and technology hubs is telecast every Wednesday on DD National at 09 am.
Each 22-24 minute episode introduces viewers to a team of researchers, working to solve a pressing problem of science. It traverses a wide range of fields: from genetics to particle physics, from wildlife conservation to radio-astronomy, from biomedical engineering to agricultural innovation – every aspect of India’s scientific landscape is explored.
The quest takes viewers across the length and breadth of India and beyond (including CERN at Geneva). In each story, viewers get to know about the researchers and understand the basic questions they are trying to answer.
Using simple scientific explanations, analogies and state-of-the-art 2D and 3D animation, it brings sciences alive and delves into how science is ‘done’ – the ups and downs and the challenges, triumphs and failures of scientific pursuit.
The subjects include Particle Physics: India’s contribution to the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the India-based Neutrino Observatory etc; Wildlife Conservation: Underwater acoustics in conservation of Gangetic River Dolphin, Technologies at LaCones, Conservation of Olive Ridley turtles etc; Medicine and Biomedical engineering: Stem Cell innovation in restoring corneal sight, Artificial heart pumps and heart valves, Sleep Research, Brain Bank etc; Agriculture: Improved strains of high-yield rice using DNA marker technology, Apomixis in seed production etc.; Astronomy & Space: Giant Meter wave Radio Telescope, Chandrayaan – Moon mission; Industrial innovation: Leather processing technologies etc; New-Age Energy: Wind Atlas & Wind Energy; and other subjects like Stratospheric Balloon Technology, DNA Fingerprinting, Insect Flight Mechanism etc.