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Bengaluru | Jun 1, 2020
New insights on the evolution of cheetahs may help decide the best move on reintroduction

A study published in the journal Scientific Reports probes the evolutionary relationship between cheetahs.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 29, 2020
New insights into vaginal microbes may help to reduce premature birth

A new study from researchers at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, has decoded the bacterial species found in the vagina of pregnant Indian women by using advanced gene sequencing technology called Shotgun sequencing.

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 28, 2020
Lifting the fog over dementia diagnosis in India

India is ageing. Approximately 104 million Indians are above sixty and vulnerable to cognitive disorders affecting memory, such as dementia. Despite this impending future, we haven't been able to assess the current prevalence of such illnesses in the country. It is partly due to the geographical and cultural vastness of India, and the barriers of language and ethics prohibit the use of tests used in western countries. Now, a new study is trying to close this gap by introducing a psychological test that is adapted to the cultural and linguistic diversity of India.

 

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Bengaluru | May 27, 2020
Native forests or single-species plantations: What's better for addressing climate change?

In a recent study researchers have assessed the ability of natural forest species and single-species (monoculture) plantations to capture and store carbon over a long period. 

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Bengaluru | May 26, 2020
Broken chromatin fragments could hold the key in the fight against the deadly sepsis

Building on their previous research, researchers at Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai have tried to find out the root cause of sepsis in a recent study. So far, most drugs treat the symptoms of sepsis, such as inflammation, rather than its causes. In this study, the researchers find that broken pieces of chromosomes could trigger sepsis. The results of the study are published in the journal PLoS ONE.

 

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May 23, 2020

Fireflies, also called jugnoo in Hindi are fascinating creatures that glow in the dark with unique patterns. Even though they are called ‘fireflies’, scientifically they are considered beetles from the Lampyridae family. The light that we see coming out of these insects is the result of bioluminescence, a phenomenon where an organism emits light through a chemical process.

 

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Bengaluru | May 22, 2020
Childhood vaccination improves schooling among India's adults, shows study

 A recent study explores how childhood vaccination among children in India has impacted the level of education attained by them as adults.

 

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Bengaluru | May 21, 2020
Local bacteria may outcompete introduced ones, affecting chickpea yield

Did you know that a humble bacterium influences  chickpea's yield?  While chickpea is believed to have come to India from Turkey a few centuries ago, from where did it get its microbe partner? Did the original rhizobium strain from Turkey hitch a ride along with its host, or did it find other local strains here? In a recent study, an international collaboration of researchers, including those from India, may have answers.

 

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Bengaluru | May 20, 2020
First-ever study in India investigates a rare type of cancer caused by a virus

In the first-ever study from India, researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru and the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, have analysed how prevalent the Merkel Cell Polyomavirus (MCV) is in India. 

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Bengaluru | May 19, 2020
Using virtual reality to understand how insects fly

Study uses three-dimensional simulations to understand how flying insects navigate their terrain

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