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Bengaluru | Nov 19, 2019
Better Soil Moisture Sensors using Graphene Oxide

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) seem to have a technological solution to this problem. Led by Prof Maryam Shojaei Baghini, researchers from IIT Bombay and Gauhati University, have designed a robust, accurate and affordable soil moisture sensor using graphene oxide.

General, Science, Technology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 18, 2019
Scientists discover two endemic termite species in the Western Ghats of Kerala

In a recent study, scientists have discovered two new species in the Western Ghats of Kerala, India. To date, this group of termites has been documented only in the Western Ghats of India. The termite species were named after Sri K.A. Dineshan and Sri. Manikandan Nair of the Zoological Survey of India, Kozhikode, who collected the samples from the field and contributed greatly to the entire faunal survey.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 15, 2019
Study probes factors behind the Sun spitting out plasma

An international team of scientists from China, the USA, the UK, Hungary, Austria, Germany and India, have carried out observations of the Sun using the Goode Solar Telescope (GST) at the Big Bear Solar Observatory in the USA. Their study is published in the journal Science.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 15, 2019
Prof Siddhesh Kamat from IISER Pune awarded EMBO Young Investigators grant

Dr Siddhesh Kamat, Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, is among the 27 recipients of the European Molecular Biology Organization's (EMBO) Young Investigators Grant. EMBO is an organization headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and promotes international collaboration among life sciences researchers.

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, News
Bengaluru | Nov 15, 2019
The ubiquity of Hyperbolic Geometry

We all know that the geometric object of minimal surface area amongst all shapes with a fixed volume is the round ball, whose boundary is spherical. Water blobs try to minimise surface area and curl into spherical droplets. The physical problem of surface-area minimisation is thus quite well understood. What about the opposite problem of surface-area maximisation? Does the problem even make sense? Indeed it does. Trees try to maximise surface area to get the most of sunlight through their leaves.

General, Science, Deep-dive, Friday Features
Bengaluru | Nov 14, 2019
IISc researchers use an anti-malarial drug to increase the effectiveness of anti-tuberculosis drugs

In 2018, around 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) — an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. A major obstacle in the clinical treatment of TB is the long therapy time required to clear the infection. An infected patient needs to take antibiotics for over 6 to 9 months to prevent a relapse — a duration so long that many discontinue their medications.

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
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.

General, Science, Society, Policy, News, Op-ed, Featured
Bengaluru | Nov 12, 2019
7 Proven Tips for Birdwatching

Every year, the 12th of November is observed as National Birdwatching Day, to mark the birth anniversary of India’s legendary ornithologist, Salim Ali. Regardless of where or when you watch birds, an intimate connection with mother Nature follows. On this national birdwatching day, try birding for a change and see what windows it opens up for you when you sit beside your window looking at the world through a binocular.

General, Science, Ecology, News, Infographics
Bengaluru | Nov 12, 2019
Scientists concoct new coating to protect gun barrels from wear

In a recent study, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have explored the use of a new blend of chromium (III) as an eco-friendly electrolyte for depositing chromium-based coatings on metallic barrels. They reinforced chromium with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and a ceramic compound called yttria stabilised zirconia (YSZ), to improve the properties of the coat.

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Nov 11, 2019
Driven by curiosity, a study provides a peep into how Brown mongooses feed

In a recent study, Mr Kamath, now a researcher at Gubbi Labs, Bengaluru, along with Dr Seshadri KS, a researcher at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Tamil Nadu, has reported the feeding behaviour of Brown mongoose. Though accidental, the study adds knowledge about some previously unknown behavioural aspects of these elusive mongooses. It is published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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