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Bengaluru | Nov 13, 2019
Would deliberations at the IISF 2019 Science and Technology Media Conclave lead to traction in India’s science communication scene?

From the 5th of November 2019 to the 8th, India saw one of its extravagant science events, the India International Science Festival, organised in Kolkata. The event was organised by the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India, in association with Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) and hosted many conferences, conclaves and exhibitions aimed at anyone enthusiastic about science. Although this was the fifth edition of the science festival, it was the first time a dedicated Science and Technology Media Conclave was held as a part of IISF—a move that had many science communicators, writers and journalists enthused. It was spread over two days, the 6th and 7th of November, at the legendary Bose Institute.

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Bengaluru | Jan 25, 2019

Indian-born Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan had once called the Indian Science Congress a “circus”. There aren’t many grounds to dispute the label following the most recent events.

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Bengaluru | Aug 16, 2018
Photo: Purabi Deshpande / Research Matters.

Last month, doctoral student Mr. Dev Kumar Thapa and his advisor Prof. Anshu Pandey from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, claimed to have discovered evidence for superconductivity at a temperature much higher than ever before. The researchers have posted a preprint of their paper titled, “Evidence for Superconductivity at Ambient Temperature and Pressure in Nanostructures” to the arXiv, an online repository of pre-prints of journal papers. They have also submitted a paper outlining their findings to the journal Nature. In this particular instance, questions of various kinds have been raised about the research reported in the preprint in the public debate.

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Bengaluru | May 22, 2018
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Sweden's recent decision to terminate a contract with a scientific publisher, because the publisher was not making sufficient progress towards Sweden's demands for open access, has given rise to much jubilation in some quarters. It is argued that Sweden has stood up for the interests of the broad general public against the pecuniary interests of the scientific publishing industry.

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Bengaluru | Feb 28, 2018

Dr. Attreyee Ghosh is a solid earth geophysicist at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, talks about the advancements made in science in the recent years and how these have helped us in understanding our planet better.

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Bengaluru | Jan 28, 2018
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Earlier this month, we erred. Among the 1000+ articles published on Research Matters, it was the first for us. An alert reader expressed displeasure on Twitter with a hashtag #fakescience on one of our stories. Alarmed, we investigated to note that the story was based on a research paper published in a journal listed as ‘predatory’, and with that, found a lot more about the prevalence of ‘predatory’ journals that hound the world of science.

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