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Mumbai | May 17
The micro effects of Fasting and Feasting

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai have discovered that tiny RNAs, called microRNAs, help our cells to maintain an equilibrium of energy production during states of upheaval—fasting and feasting.

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Indore | May 16
India’s river catchments are drying up, too many too soon

Study shows that more than half of river catchments are struggling to get back in shape due to human activities and climate change.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Odisha | May 14
Word on the Vine: New species of vine snake discovered in India

Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, Wayanad Wild, the Wildlife Institute of India, Nature, Environment and Wildlife Society, and the Zoological Survey of India discover a new species of vine snake Ahaetulla laudankia in Odisha, India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | May 13
Bureaucracy and political interests hinder the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, finds study

Bureaucracy and political interests hinder the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, finds study 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Pune | May 10
Two species of diatoms discovered in Sikkim

What do you get when a trip to Sikkim does not follow the plan, thanks to hectic schedule and unfavourable weather? It's frustration for many; an "Eureka!" moment for some! A trip, meant to meet up with fellow scientists, ended with the discovery of two new species of diatoms—Stauroneis sikkimensis and Stauroneis lepchae.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 9
Image credit: Annie Santamaria/ Gubbi Labs

All the electronic devices that we use today have components made of semiconductors, mostly silicon. In recent years, gallium nitride, another semiconductor, is making its way into electronics. It is better suited for high power and high-frequency applications. Researchers from IISc have developed India’s first-ever e-mode gallium nitride power transistor, whose performance is comparable to some of the best reports till date.

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Hyderabad | May 8
Researchers identify key genes that help rice adapt to water scarcity

Very soon, the shortage of water and population explosion in the world may cost you your plate of biryani, and for many, their livelihood. Researchers from ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad and Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, have identified essential genes that help in the adaptation of aerobic rice to water-scarce conditions.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Hyderabad | May 6
Indian tigers more stressed than their Russian cousins, shows study

Two Russian institutes—A.N.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution and Moscow State Agricultural University, and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India, have compared the chemical contents of the faecal matter of the Amur and Bengal tigers to examine the stress levels of these tigers in India and Russia.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Deep-dive
Kanpur | May 6
IIT Kanpur researchers develop a cost-effective, natural bio-fertiliser

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, have developed a biomolecule-based fertiliser that can help address the drawbacks of chemical fertilisers. 

General, Science, Technology, Deep-dive
Ladakh | May 1
Study shows how science and society can save snow leopards

SLC-IT, along with researchers from Panthera, New York, USA, have attempted to model the conditions for a suitable habitat for snow leopards in Ladakh. Known as the ‘snow leopard capital of the world’, Ladakh is thought to harbour 60% of the snow leopard population in India. In this first-of-its-kind study, they have used data from direct observations and camera traps.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive