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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.

A sensor for detecting proteins associated with infection

The human body encounters several harmful agents like bacteria every day, which can trigger inflammation in the body. A protein called the C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced in higher than usual amounts during infections. A team from IISc have designed an efficient, sensitive sensor to measure the levels of CRP, even in the presence of interfering agents.

A device that can potentially improve battery performance

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science have developed a device that could lead to better batteries. The devices, called the ‘supercapacitor’, can store a lot of charge, be charged/discharged quickly and withstand many charge/discharge cycles. More work is needed to make it ready for the market, but the basic design is ready.

Malaria diagnosis to the doorstep

A handheld device that can detect malaria in less than 30 minutes has won the ‘Best Innovator’s Pitch’ award at the recently concluded Innovation Centre Stage event held in Delhi. The award is given by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Government of India.

Preventing bacterial growth on implants

A major problem with implanted devices is that bacteria grow on them, resulting in infections. A new method to deal with some infections, by applying a small electric field that prevents bacterial growth, has been devised and tested on bacterial cultures outside the body.