Category Archives: Science Journalism

When Worlds Collide #84: Have Lankans Suspended Disbelief Permanently?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 22 September 2013 A dozen years ago, a leading tele-drama director and I had a friendly debate live on national TV Rupavahini’s breakfast show. He argued that … Continue reading

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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 #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 #61: Climate Change – Adapt Now or Perish Later!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 7 April 2013 As Sri Lanka sizzles in April heat, some ask: is this due to global warming? Well, not exactly: high temperatures are typical for … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #56: Communicating for Survival – Who will save Earth?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 3 March 2013 See also, previous columns: 23 Dec 2012: Avoiding the ‘Mother of All Tsunamis’ 24 Feb 2013: ‘Wake-up Call’ from Outer Space Imagine this … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #48: The Lasting Echo of Silent Spring

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 30 December 2012 “The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #39: Creating Innovative Ripples without Waves…

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 28 October 2012 I S W Karunathilaka, inventor of a wave/wakeless boat design, recently won the inaugural Ray Award for excellence in innovation and enterprise in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #36: Ready, Steady, Innovate?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 7 October 2012 Last week, I spent many hours at Sri Lanka’s first exhibition of inventions and inventors held at BMICH, Colombo, and took lots of … 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 #22: Managing ‘Spaceship Earth’ without a Manual

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 1 July 2012 There is a best-selling little book titled Everything Men Know About Women. Written by Cindy Cashman (under the pseudonym of Dr Alan Francis), … Continue reading

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