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Bengaluru | Dec 3, 2021
Prof Bedangadas Mohanty wins the Infosys Prize in Physics for 2021

Prof Bedangadas Mohanty of the National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar, has been awarded the Infosys prize in Physics 2021 for investigations of nuclear force. At the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, he determined the transition temperature of the quark-gluon plasma to hadronic matter, observed heavy antimatter nuclei, observed nuclear spin-orbital angular momentum interactions, and other effects in the quark-gluon plasma.

General, Science, News
Nov 30, 2021

It turns out the well-imprinted taste map — of the tongue divided into four specific zones for sweet, salt, sour, and bitter tastes — is all wrong. In the past few decades, scientists refuted the theory. They revealed that the concept of designated taste zones on the tongue is the outcome of misinterpretation of data leading to misrepresentation.

General, Science, SciQs
Mumbai | Nov 25, 2021
Tough to find a living space in Mumbai? The city’s wildlife also agrees

A study finds that the rapidly expanding land use of Mumbai is driving the region’s remaining wildlife into the remnant forest fringes.

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Nov 17, 2021
A ‘spongy’ liquid to clean up industrial carbon dioxide

A porous liquid composite can convert adsorbed carbon dioxide from industrial effluents to calcium carbonate.

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Nov 16, 2021
Opportunity for sugar mills to increase profitability

Alkali and enzyme usage need improvement to make lactic acid cost effective and environmentally friendly.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Nov 12, 2021

Venus has a hostile environment
Venus is a terrestrial planet with rocky terrain,  volcanoes, and a dense atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and sulphuric acid-laden clouds dominate the atmosphere. Also, the dense atmosphere gives rise to excruciating surface pressures of 92 bars (as much as that at 1km below sea level on earth), making the planet inhospitable.

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Bengaluru | Nov 3, 2021
Frogs have favourite menu: Stomach contents show they control pests in paddy fields

The detailed analysis of the stomach contents of two frogs provide evidence that frogs do play an important role in protecting crops against insects. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kanpur | Oct 25, 2021
Silent receptors discovered to be not so silent

Researchers have shown that two receptors previously known as ‘silent receptors’ are not truly silent and that they signal via a different mechanism than was expected.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Oct 21, 2021

Plastics are stubborn trash and non-biodegradable. Yet, did you know our indiscriminate use of plastics has now permeated our oceans as well?

According to the United Nations, 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based debris. Our waterways carry tonnes of waste — mainly discarded plastics and industrial waste —into the seas. Apart from that, ships and fishing boats dump discarded cargo, fishing nets and other debris into the sea.

General, Science, Ecology, SciQs
Bengaluru | Oct 7, 2021
Comparative maps showing the extent of ONEs and wasteland categories in India;  Blackbuck - an endemic species of ONEs Original pictures of Map and Blackbuck - Authors of the paper

Research Matters caught up with Dr M D Madhusudan, one of the researchers involved in developing a high-resolution map of Open Natural Ecosystems (ONEs) in India, to gain insights into their work. Here are excerpts from the interview.

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