Category Archives: Journalism

When Worlds Collide #80: When politicians turn to science for evidence…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 25 August 2013 “For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert!” With those tongue-in-cheek words, Sir Arthur C Clarke opened a June 1998 … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #76: Against the Fall of Memory…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 28 July 2013 “I’m everything you lost. You won’t forgive me.  My memory keeps getting in the way of your history.” So wrote Agha Shahid … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #72: Open Science and Closed Societies: Can it work?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 30 June 2013 “Let us drink to the success of our hopeless endeavour,” was a favourite toast of old Soviet dissidents. As things turned out, … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #54: What If Upali Wijewardene Didn’t Disappear..?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 February 2013 Growing up in a very different Sri Lanka during the 1970s and 1980s, I used to have a recurrent dream. A daring press … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #42: A Message from Our Readers!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 18 November 2012 I went looking for Albert Einstein and stumbled upon an old friend: the Newspaper Reader. It was the summer of 2011. Having gone … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #29: Science and Politics of Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 19 August 2012 Much of Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone is currently grappling with a drought caused by the delayed Monsoon. This is a double whammy for … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #26: Olympics on TV – How the World is One!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 29 July 2012 By the time you read this, London Olympics 2012 would have started with an opening ceremony showcasing the best of Britain. Themed as … Continue reading

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