Making Time

Why does Russia have 11 time zones while China has just one? Peter Sherman investigates the history, politics and technology behind some of the world’s most incongruous ways of telling time.

When Business and Health Collide: Bhopal, India 1984

BY JOSEPH MALONE In 1969, as part of the “green revolution” in India, Union Carbide established a chemical plant in Bhopal to manufacture the pesticide Carbaryl. It contained the lethal compound Methyl Isocyanate (MIC), twice as heavy as air, meaning should a leak occur, it would create a blanket of deadly gas, smothering anything that […]

Science Behind the Photo #9

The Taj Mahal, often named the world’s most beautiful building, is under serious threat from subsidence. Signs of stress and physical distortions have begun appearing on the monument’s marble façade.  Low water levels and diversions to the local river Yamuna may be to blame. According to an unnamed expert from the Archaeological Survey of India […]

Science Behind the Photo #7

A fish’s eye-view of a poultry pen at Mudchute Farm, London shows these free-range chickens happily frolicking in their surroundings. They can count themselves lucky to be living the high life on a visitor-orientated city farm whilst thousands of chickens are being culled in India this month. This past week has seen the Indian Government […]