Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe: The Origins of Life on Earth
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Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe: The Origins of Life on Earth

Whether they agree with him or not, most scientists consider Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe a force to be reckoned with. His early career was marked by a string of honours – graduating in 1960 with a BSc First Class Honours in mathematics from the University of Ceylon, he went on to study at Trinity College and … Continue reading

Jean Arasanayagam: A Wanderer Through the Landscapes of Time
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Jean Arasanayagam: A Wanderer Through the Landscapes of Time

To anyone who knows her, it is clear Jean Arasanayagam is her own most penetrating, most persistent interrogator. In a dance that her readers are familiar with, Jean asks the questions and then finds the answers in her poetry and prose, in fact and fiction. This is nowhere more evident than in latest collection of … Continue reading

Parenting in the Age of Digital Media
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Parenting in the Age of Digital Media

The tragic suicide of a friend when he was 13 years old inspired Arun Ravi to develop Mevoked. He remembers his friend’s parents wishing they had only known of the despair their son was feeling. Decades in the making, Arun’s new app is an answer to them. When you install it – a basic version … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki

  The hot, dry month of March is particularly sacred to the devotees who flock to the Kannaki Amman kovils in Sri Lanka’s Northern Peninsula. The auspicious days of Panguni Thingal or ‘Mondays in March’ will come to an end somewhere in Mid-April but for her people, this Amman will always have something to offer. … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki

There is a time in the wake of her great rage – after she has torn her left breast out, after she has called fire down on the city of Madurai – when a widowed Kannaki finds a moment of quiet by the banks of a river. Across from her boys are tussling, engaged in … Continue reading

Tristan Al-Haddad: Womb/Tomb (Work In Progress)
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Tristan Al-Haddad: Womb/Tomb (Work In Progress)

Surrounded by masons at work, Tristan Al-Haddad is laying bricks. His white t-shirt isn’t quite as pristine as it was a few hours ago, his hands are coated in dust, grime and sweat beads on his brow. People driving by on Horton Place need only glance over into the grounds of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute … Continue reading

Aaron Burton: My Mother’s Village
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Aaron Burton: My Mother’s Village

Some of the most interesting moments in Aaron Burton’s film ‘My Mother’s Village,’ come when people sit watching themselves. There, captured on the screen, they are as they were over 30 years ago. The passing of time solidifies in that moment, etched in to the very lines of people’s faces. Chandrawathie’s face now, for instance, … Continue reading

Ajit De Alwis, Anushka Wijesinha,  Gehan Amaratunga: Sri Lanka launches office to foster innovation
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Ajit De Alwis, Anushka Wijesinha, Gehan Amaratunga: Sri Lanka launches office to foster innovation

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka plans to boost its science, technology and innovation (STI) strategy through a newly created, state-funded organisation that is dedicated to building a conducive atmosphere among all stakeholders. Ajit De Alwis, project director at the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation launched last month (1 February), told SciDev.Net that the organisation’s mandate was to “ensure effective coordination and … Continue reading

Udaya Ranasinghe, Thishan Channa Yahathugoda: Cheap urine test for lymphatic filariasis
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Udaya Ranasinghe, Thishan Channa Yahathugoda: Cheap urine test for lymphatic filariasis

[COLOMBO] An international team of researchers has developed a simple but effective urine test to diagnose lymphatic filariasis, a neglected parasitic disease that affects more than 120 million people globally. The test is more affordable and less cumbersome than existing diagnostic methods, scientists from Bangladesh, Japan and Sri Lanka reported in Parasitology International, on 13 September. Lymphatic filariasis, also called … Continue reading