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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. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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.

 

General, Science, Technology, Health, Society
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.

 

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

 

General, Science, Deep-dive
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. 

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
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

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 18, 2020
India’s adolescents may have a disturbed circadian rhythm, finds study

In India, the school education system puts a higher emphasis on grades than on practical learning, thus encouraging practices like late-night studies and changes in eating and sleeping routines during weekdays and weekends. So how badly are India’s adolescents affected by this? In a recent study, researchers at the Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India, analysed the complex relationship between these lifestyle changes and the disruptions in the circadian cycles among students from classes IX, XII and the first year of college.

 

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
May 16, 2020

Carnivorous plants may not be the first thing that comes to one’s mind when thinking about plants. But, these mysterious plants are a fantastic example of nature’s way to adapt to different environmental conditions.

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Bengaluru | May 15, 2020
Black hole shadows could throw light on dark matter

Researchers investigate the effects of dark matter particles on the growth of black hole shadows. 

General, Science, Deep-dive
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