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Monsoons increase growth of tiny plants in the Bay of Bengal

A current rising as a result of the Indian Summer Monsoon during June to September in the Bay of Bengal increases the growth of phytoplankton, minute plants that carry out photosynthesis in the sea. This results in the movement of organic carbon, or carbon flux, in the region. Researchers from CSIR – National Institute of Oceanography, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management, Chennai have quantified the extent to which the current associated with the Indian Summer Monsoon, the Summer Monsoon Current (SMC), increase the phytoplankton growth.

What influences venture capitalist funding in India?

The performance of the Indian economy with respect to other developed economies influences how venture capitalist (VC) firms invest their money, finds a new study. The reputation and the performance of the Venture Capital firm also influenced its success in the emerging ecosystem. In order to attract venture capitalist funding from other countries, the study recommends that Indian firms should come up with more start-up deals through incubators and accelerators at universities and corporate setups.

Bats hunt quiet bushcricket females much more than singing males

For the crickets that chirp loudly during evenings, bats are the main hunters. Male crickets start chirping at dusk to attract females to mate with; females are silent. One would expect that bats make straight for the males and make meals of them, but a recent study from IISc has shown that silent females are attacked much more.

How much energy is consumed while producing building materials?

Of the building materials used in India, aluminium and burnt clay bricks are among the most energy intensive, finds a recent study. The study has developed a framework for assessing the energy consumed during production of building materials, in an attempt to quantifying energy expenditures from buildings.

VoW! A technology to warp voice

A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have come up with a new technology that can ensure fine synchronisation between lip movement and video for voice dubbing applications in movies. Called ‘Voice Warping,’ (in short, VoW) the technology can do many other things as well: from helping you learn a new language or Carnatic music lessons, to making radio/television advertisements cheaper. It is developed by Prof. Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula who heads the Spectrum Lab at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore.

Nano-antennae: Let there be more light

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science have recently shown that combining two of the building blocks in nanotechnology, quantum dots and nanorods, leads to enhanced light emission properties. This may find applications in novel display screens, photodetectors and solar energy applications.

Mapping mangroves, our coastal safety net

Researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science studied four estuaries along the western coast of Karnataka - the Honnavar division of Uttara Kannada district – and showed that the area has about 3 sq. km. of mangrove forests.