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Bengaluru | Jul 31, 2020
Remote diagnosis of retinopathy with an easy, low-cost smartphone-based tool

A recent study shows how a smartphone-based tool can be effectively turned into an eye-examination device. This device can take not only retinal photos but also detect early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 29, 2020
Do differing opinions affect the management of human-animal conflicts?

People see human-animal conflicts as a fight between two species on opposing sides. However, in reality, the human aspect also has multiple dimensions. In some cases, there are two groups—the affected public—and the forest department staff, who manage and mitigate it; in others, more such groups. One of the frequent human-animal conflicts is that between humans and monkeys, especially the rhesus macaque, whose population is widespread in many cities. Now, a study by researchers shows that differences in people's opinions on mitigating such conflicts could instead be adding to the conflict.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 28, 2020
Azure lockdown skies resulted in higher solar power generation, study shows

In a recent study, researchers show how cleaner air during the lockdown in Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, has led to a hike in solar power generation.

General, Science, Technology, Engineering, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 24, 2020
Although free, here's why tribals in Kerala's Attapadi do not benefit from healthcare

In 2013, over 50 infants died in Attapadi —a protected area in the Palakkad district of Kerala. This incident, and more deaths in the subsequent years, put the spotlight on the health of the tribal population that lives here. Several underlying health issues, including malnutrition and infant mortality, were identified to be rampant. Both the central and state governments responded with a financial package to provide healthcare and related facilities to these communities free of cost. Seven years later, a new study has found that free healthcare hasn't solved the problem of poor access to healthcare and high levels of infant mortality. 

 

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Bengaluru | Jul 17, 2020
In a Nicobar long-tailed macaque troop, does rank determine who grooms whom?

The Nicobar long-tailed macaque is a species of monkeys endemic to three islands of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Found in troops that consist of an alpha male and female, there is a system of hierarchy, as is seen in all group living animals. While adults are further categorised as beta individuals and subordinates, juveniles and infants also form a part of the troop. In many social animals, like the macaques, the ranking of an individual determines the role they play on other activities within the group. In a recent study, researchers have investigated if an individual’s rank has any effect on how the members groom each other.

 

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Bengaluru | Jul 16, 2020
The sorry tale of snakebites in India

Incidents of snakebites and resulting deaths are no rarity in India, which accounts for half the world’s deaths due to snakebites. Now, a new study claims that India has witnessed an estimated 1.2 million deaths due to snakebites between 2001-2020. 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 13, 2020
To witness a change in rural India, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana needs a revamp

A recent study suggests that tailoring the Ujjwala scheme for rural households can increase LPG adoption. 

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Bengaluru | Jul 10, 2020
Post-COVID school education: Build new walls rather than plugging holes

Here are some directions that the school curriculum could take in the coming year

General, Society, Policy, Friday Features, Op-ed
Bengaluru | Jul 8, 2020
Simple tips can help people identify online fake news, shows study

A recent study has shown that imparting digital literacy can help people identify online fake news. The study, involving researchers from the United States of America, the United Kingdom and India, conducted surveys in the United States and India, where online fake news has become rampant in past years.

 

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Bengaluru | Jul 2, 2020
Partner or perpetrator: Understanding the causes and consequences of intimate partner violence in adolescents

Numb, bruised and in pain, she tried getting up. It was a cold night, and the hallway was dark. The last thing she remembered was she being pushed down the stairs after an argument about who would do the dishes. The dinner was a happy time. There was her special biryani and his most-liked murgh makhani. Their favourite sit-com was running on Netflix—something they enjoyed from their dating days. They were discussing her thesis and his semester exams—both due in a couple of days. But, it soon turned ugly, nasty and violent.

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