Nucleus Mag

By Dinsa Sachan

Nucleus #9: GPS, Predatory Journals and Banned Movies






Nucleus Mag

March 26 · Issue #9 · View online

Science and Culture Stories Curated by Journalist Dinsa Sachan

If you’re used to following directions on your phone while driving, you should know this: it’s doing something to your brain. And it might not be good. New research has shown that relying solely on the GPS for navigation slows activity in the hippocampus. This part of our brain is actually our body’s very own GPS. It helps us navigate the physical world around us.
I believe this was one the biggest underreported stories this month. There is a lot of chatter on how technology is changing our lives. But there isn’t enough discourse on how it’s messing with our body. 
In this issue of Nucleus Mag, I’ve curated eclectic science and culture stories that were published recently and are definitely worth a read. 

What's GPS doing to your brain? Photo credit:
What's GPS doing to your brain? Photo credit:
Debate reignites over the contributions of ‘bad luck’ mutations to cancer
A scholarly sting operation shines a light on 'predatory' journals
Maths explains how pedestrians avoid bumping into one another
India scandal reignites debate on sexual harassment at workplace
India bans award-winning indian film, 'Lipstick Under My Burkha"
Have you heard of Spectrum magazine? It is run by the Simons Foundation, an organization that funds research in basic science and mathematics. Spectrum covers groundbreaking news from the world of autism research. This piece talks about the need to replace mice with rats in autism studies. In another Q&A story, a Princeton University professor discusses sexism in science.
Last week, I finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Work, Women and the Will to Lead. For the uninitiated, Sandberg is Facebook’s COO and a phenomenal feminist thinker.
This thought-provoking book has reshaped my perspective on workplace equality. In India, many women still don’t work. Sometimes their partners/parents don’t allow them to. In other cases, they choose a homemaker-type lifestyle simply because it’s more convenient. The general perception among Indian women is that all women in the West work and they have more control over their careers. But Sandberg draws on research, data and her own experience to prove that women don’t have it easy anywhere.
Even in the US, where most women work, they have a hard time juggling work and family, because the responsibility of child care falls on them by default.
Have you read Lean In: Work, Women and the Will to Lead? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Please hit reply, and let’s chat about it!
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Until next week,
Dinsa SachanFreelance Science and Culture Journalist
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