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Chennai | Jul 5, 2019
Too heavy a burden? Onus of farm labour on women may be contributing to malnourishment in India, says study

Researchers from the University of East Anglia, UK, and the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, India, have explored how women’s work in agriculture affects nutritional outcomes for the family. The study found that although agricultural outputs have increased with women working in the farms, it has left them with little time to cater to the nutritional needs of their families and themselves, resulting in malnutrition.

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Mumbai | Jul 4, 2019
Floating plastics: Nothing to be buoyant about

Study details how floating plastic debris can affect physical processes in the oceans 

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Bengaluru | Jul 2, 2019
IISc researchers use mathematics to crack down on drug-resistant hepatitis C virus

Researchers from the IISc, Bengaluru, propose a mathematical model that can determine the number of mutations the hepatitis C virus can carry in an infected individual, even before starting any treatment.

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Jun 29, 2019

Ever wondered about the genes that produces blood in the human body? Haemoglobin in our blood is produced by the haemoglobin beta gene (HBB) and the haemoglobin alpha gene (HBA). These two genes are responsible for providing instructions for making the proteins, beta globin and alpha globin. Beta globin and alpha globin are an important part of the larger protein called haemoglobin, which is found in the human and mammal red blood cells.

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Kerala | Jun 27, 2019
Whodunnit? A watchlist of bats that can spread Nipah in India

Researchers use a data-driven approach to identify bat species that could be carriers of the Nipah virus in Kerala.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jun 26, 2019
Inside a cell, scientists decipher how tobacco products cause cancer

Researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; University of Otago, New Zealand; Fred Hutchinson Cancer  Research Centre, USA and National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, West Bengal, explain how altered levels of biological molecules, like lncRNA and miRNA, can lead to the development of oral cancer. 

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Bengaluru | Jun 25, 2019
Working night-shifts could lead to insulin resistance, shows study

It is hard to live without a good night’s sleep. However, 22% of the people in industrialised countries do that regularly, when they work in shifts, including those during the night. Working in different shifts disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm—a natural process in our body that regulates the sleep-wake cycle.

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New Delhi | Jun 24, 2019
Pune researchers discover fungi that can break up polythene

Researchers from Savitribai Phule Pune University have identified two strains of fungi, Aspergillus terreus and Aspergillus sydowii, which can degrade polythene under laboratory conditions.

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Guwahati | Jun 10, 2019
Is your milk pasteurised? Detection strips from IIT Guwahati can tell you

In this digital age, ruled by smartphone apps, how about one to tell you how fresh your milk is? Although there are stringent safety rules concerning the quality of milk, almost 68% of what is available in the country does not conform to them. In a recent study, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati have come up with a paper-based detection system to detect if a sample of milk is pasteurised and fresh. This technique, they say, is cost-effective, rapid, user- and environment-friendly.

General, Science, Technology, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 5, 2019
Beating the Blues of Air Pollution this World Environment Day

Every year, the 5th of June is observed as the World Environment Day to “encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment”. For 2019, the theme is ‘Air Pollution’, and the host country is China. On this occasion, Research Matters caught up with three leading scientists from the country that are actively pursuing research on different aspects of air pollution. The three researchers, Prof. A R Ravishankara, Prof. S K Satheesh and Prof. Navakanta Bhat shared their work and thoughts on the ‘burning’ problem of air pollution.

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