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Prof Ajay Sood elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK

Ajay Sood, Professor of Physics, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, UK for 2015 on May 1. In a career spanning four decades, he has initiated several contemporary research areas; provided deep insights into some of physics' long standing questions and developed potential applications using nanotechnology.

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.

Peering into the obscure world of glass

Did you know the rigid glass covering your window, is liquid on the inside? This mysterious property of glass – its internal structure resembling a liquid – has puzzled scientists for more than half a century. “Knowing the secret behind the formation of glass can help us design glass more scientifically”, said Prof Ajay Sood from IISc, an author of the paper.

Photons take a detour

Researchers have proposed an experiment to show that, sometimes, photons may choose longer paths over the shorter ones. Though this result may look too simple, it is expected to influence physics over a large scale: from the way quantum mechanics is introduced to students to better understanding of quantum computing applications.