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Arunachal Pradesh | May 18
After 70 long years, a new species of pitviper emerges from Arunachal Pradesh

Researchers discover a new species of pitviper in Arunachal Pradesh and name it Trimeresurus arunachalensis or the Arunachal pitviper.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
May 18

Physics lessons in school taught us that light is electromagnetic radiation, where electric and magnetic fields oscillate in harmony and travel perpendicular to one another. Over centuries, the properties of light have led to the greatest discoveries—from far-away galaxies to understanding the structure of atoms. What if we put the light rays to do some mechanical work? That’s what optical tweezers—scientific instruments used to manipulate microscopic objects—do!

General, Science, Scitoons, SciQs
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
May 11

Imagine yourself enjoying the comforts of your home when you feel a sudden change in the atmosphere, and before you find out why, your skin starts to burn and you can hardly breathe. That’s when you realise that the place you have been living since ages has suddenly become a living hell.  Welcome to the world of marine animals!

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
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.

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