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Mohali | Feb 21
Figure: Conversion of peanut shells into peanut shell derived - few layers of graphene (PS-FLG). Source: Dr. Ramendra Sundar Dey, INST Mohali, Punjab.

Graphene is called the ‘wonder material’ due to its electrical and mechanical properties and is now evolving as an alternative to conventional energy storage devices like batteries and supercapacitors. Researchers from Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, use peanut shells to manufacture high-quality graphene nanosheets.

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Bengaluru | Feb 19
Photo : Jean-Pierre Dalbéra. CC by SA 2.0

Humans have always been fascinated by symmetry. Many celebrated works of art are appreciated for their symmetry, such as the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci, or Somnathpur temple above. Given the importance of symmetry in our lives, does the brain have a special way of processing symmetric objects?

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Bengaluru | Feb 15
Photo : Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters

Are grasslands and deserts wastelands? How are these ecosystems affected by change in land use due to humans? In a recent study, researchers  study these complex ecosystems to understand crucial transition points for the system, after which it cannot revert back to its original state.

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Bengaluru | Feb 13
Photo : Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters

Researchers from the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bangalore, with the support of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research of the World Health Organization, have assessed the quality of generic medicine and their branded equivalents in South India. Their results show that the quality of generic medicines from multiple sources was similar to that of the branded medicines.

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Chennai | Feb 13
Photo : Dr. Shanti Pappu

Researchers from the Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India, find stone tools in the sediments of Attirampakkam, a small town near Chennai which are dated to be 3,85,000-year-old. This finding gives us a new understanding for how and when human migration out of Africa might have taken place.

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New Delhi | Feb 12
Cartoon : Balraj K N / Research Matters

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, turn to a tiny species of venomous spider called Lachesana tarabaevi in the search for compounds with anti-microbial properties. They show that peptides derived from the spider’s venom is effective against Staphylococcus aureus.

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Mumbai | Feb 9
Photo : Jigu / Research Matters

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, look into the various ways in which our solid waste management woes can be solved. In their efforts integrated waste management appears as a solution that can help reduce the pollution caused due to open dumping.

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Bengaluru | Feb 2

Scientists from National Center for Biological Sciences, Wildlife Conservation Trust, FERAL and University of Montana, examine genetic diversity of tigers in India to identify the importance of connected forest corridors to future populations and minimize their risk of extinction in the coming century.

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Pune | Feb 1
Photo : Purabi Deshapnde / Research Matters

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meterology, Pune, study how carbonaceous aerosols affect the different layers of our atmosphere. They find that these aerosols can have far reaching effects like instabilities in the mid to upper troposphere, bringing about a change in the rainfall patterns and causing abnormal heating of the atmosphere through radiation

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Mumbai | Jan 30
Photo : Arati Halbe / Research Matters

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay propse a novel algorithm that can help solve problems involving systems with multiple components, such as irrigation canals. 

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