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Bengaluru | Jun 24, 2020
Researchers find three new species of geckos lurking under granite rocks in the Mysore Plateau

In a recent study, herpetologists have discovered three new species of geckos belonging to the genus Cnemaspis. These geckos are thought to be endemic to the rocky granite boulders found in the Mysore plateau region of Karnataka.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 23, 2020
Tackling India’s post-COVID-19 challenges through science

COVID-19, the pandemic that has shaken the world, will perhaps change our lives forever. Often, we now talk of a ‘pre-COVID’ world, where business was as usual, and a ‘post-COVID’ world which is the new normal. While the disease, caused by a tiny virus, has affected millions, it has also brought to fore some often-ignored challenges and opportunities to build a better tomorrow. Science has been in the forefront, driving these monumental changes across the world—from understanding the virus and designing a vaccine, to throwing insights on how we could prepare for and prevent the next pandemic.

 

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Pune | Jun 22, 2020
Radio-images of the Sun explains the anomaly in its atmospheric temperature

A recent study by researchers at National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) in Pune, India, explains the anomaly in the sun's atmospheric temperature. 

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Jun 19, 2020
A hardware neuron to help ‘brain-like’ computers solve difficult problems

Researchers develop a powerful stochastic neuron, like those in our brain, using random access memory to aid breakthroughs in artificial intelligence

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Kanpur | Jun 17, 2020
A Novel Approach to Tracking Cellular Ancestry, Computationally

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, researchers have described a new statistical method, ‘LinTIMaT’, for reconstructing cellular lineages, giving scientists the ability to deduce the evolution of cells in a biologically growing system.

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Deep-dive
Thiruvananthapuram | Jun 15, 2020
Researchers synthesise a novel polymer from an inert sugar molecule

In a recent study, researchers synthesize a novel trehalose molecule that can form long, helical polymers under high temperatures.

General, Science, Technology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 12, 2020
The vital role of Plasmodium’s molecular scissors in its cellular function

In a recent study, researchers have found a new mechanism of controlling protein synthesis in the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 11, 2020
Agriocnemis pygmaea [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]

In nature, colours are everywhere! Insects, birds, and mammals—all of them have vibrant colours and patterns on their bodies, which not only make them look pretty but play a role in behaviour and survival. Some use their kaleidoscopic looks to attract mates and stand out from their background; others prefer a dull look to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. In some insects, like a few damselflies, males and females are differently coloured. Since the males mostly initiate mating in these insects, this difference in colours helps them to find a mate. A new study has now explored how colours impact the mating behaviour of a species of damselfly, Agriocnemis pygmaea.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 10, 2020
Science shows there’s more to a heartfelt conversation than just words

In a recent study, researchers have proved that when we talk to our loved ones, the variations in our speech are independent of language and culture. It also shows that a lack of such variety in our talk can result in problems with social communication. 

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 9, 2020
Identifying therapeutic targets by peeking inside the bladder cancer

A recent study by a team of researchers gives some insights into diagnosing bladder cancer early enough and preventing misinterpretation.

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
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