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Bengaluru | Mar 27, 2020
The urgency for social distancing in India: Lessons to learn from Past and Present

What is the importance of Social Distancing in these times of global crisis?

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive, Friday Features, Op-ed
Bengaluru | Mar 24, 2020
Here’s what scientists aim to gain from Aditya-L1, India’s first mission to the Sun

In 2008, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced Aditya-1, India's first solar mission to study the Sun. This ambitious endeavour, with various indigenously-developed instruments onboard, holds much promise for our scientific community as they expect to unravel the mysteries of our closest star, the Sun. Now renamed as Aditya L1, the data from the instruments onboard are expected to be a treasure-trove of information on the dynamic processes on the Sun's surface and its atmosphere.

 

General, Science, Technology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 23, 2020
Chickpea’s trick can help mustard fight fungi

In a recent study, researchers have described how chickpea evades blight infection, thus paving the way to develop a blight-tolerant mustard variety.

 

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 19, 2020
Numbers mean strength, in a dog’s world too

A new study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, shows that dogs too have developed strategies to coexist with humans, and numbers play a role in it. 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 18, 2020
On a search for tough trees for rough Indian roads

Vehicular exhaust is a significant cause of air pollution in India, resulting in the rise of many fatal respiratory illnesses.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 17, 2020
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could threaten global food security

Research shows a regional nuclear conflict could affect global crop yields and food supply

General, Science, Health, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 12, 2020
Getting more with less: Study proposes the design of an optimum quantum circuit

Nature is an enigma; an ensemble of complex structures and functions come together to form a variety of mesmerising artefacts, including life. Richard Feynman, the well-known American Nobel Laureate and physicist, famously said—"Nature isn't classical, dammit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you'd better make it quantum mechanical, and by golly it's a wonderful problem, because it doesn't look so easy".

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 11, 2020
In Gir, not sharing is caring for the lions and leopards

Researchers explore how the two predators coexist by preferring different habitats in Gir

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 11, 2020
Mitochondria kill themselves to protect neurons from an early death

Voluntary movements, like lifting your hand to wave, are executed through precise coordination between different brain areas. Sometimes, due to the loss of neurons in the brain, some individuals cannot coordinate such voluntary movements and are said to be suffering from a condition called ataxia. A type of ataxia, known as the spinocerebellar ataxia, involves the loss of neurons from the spinal cord and cerebellum. These brain areas are responsible for controlling movement and balance.

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Bengaluru | Mar 10, 2020
Children of migrant construction workers face a disrupted quality of life

Infants require the highest level of nutrition for healthy growth and development. A four-month-old child, for example, uses 30% of its consumed food for growth. Adequate intake of minerals, like calcium and potassium, are known to be conducive to their wholesome diet. But, data from UNICEF shows that there is a high rate of undernutrition in children around the world.

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