This is the first study to show various shell shapes need different energy levels for tortoises that have flipped over to self-right.
Sanju believes there is a lot more work to be done in the field of cosmetics, especially since many of them fall in a huge grey area and are often overlooked.
“The industry wouldn’t be interested in funding something that would help only a handful of patients.” The market for any drug produce would be small and profits, non-existent.
There was a school on one edge of the Sagar island in the Sunderbans in 2014; it is not there anymore. Today, sea water regularly comes in a hundred metres beyond the spot where the building stood.
History is full of examples of the relationship between reverie and creativity.
New tests conducted on those exposed to the chemical show that the frequency of aberrations within damaged cells has increased with time.
We would be unduly anthropocentric to believe that a full understanding of physical reality is within humanity’s grasp.
A total of $22 million was given away in six prizes to over 40 recipients.
Bearded dragons that had been incubated at a colder temperature were able to learn a trick faster and more often than those incubated in warmer climes.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
The stories of two physicists, and how they regarded the use of nuclear weapons to protect their loved ones, have something to offer our era of trigger-happy presidents and isolated dictators.
The endemic African disease, sleeping sickness, still finds its presence in Guinea albeit not at the level recorded 50 years earlier.
Though the November 28 launch was initially reported as successful, Russia lost connection with its new weather satellite Meteor-M – the primary payload on board the rocket – within hours of its launch.
Some wild chimpanzees wipe off their penes after sex. One dung-beetle species avoids carnivore caca. Some animals use vomit, faeces or gas as defensive strategies against predators and rivals.
The Bill fails to address specific space-based activities separately, instead trying to cover large swaths of the space value chain in one go. It will not do justice to the entrepreneurial community if it is implemented as is.
Pulsars are one of the finest tools we have for testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
A new investigation has found that two Harappan sites occupied a valley in which the river Sutlej used to flow before it shifted course 8,000 years ago, putting a dent in some theories about the river Saraswati.
What must it be like to reintroduce an animal to its original range? Will they be able to adapt to a new world without much handholding? Will they ever be wild again?
D. Shanti Priya, head of the astronomy department in Hyderabad’s Osmania University, studies the evolution of binary stars.
The significance of a new finding is that it is compelling evidence of life elsewhere, even if it doesn’t prove life on Earth originated elsewhere.
There are plenty of reasons to scrap the Sethusamudram project: we don’t know how sediments behave within the canal, how cyclones will affect it and how its marine environment will be wrecked.
The bar-headed goose’s adaptations work well for occasionally spending short periods of time at high altitudes, but these may have high energy costs.
There are few researchers and fewer teachers studying vertebrate and invertebrate palaeontology – leading some to wonder if India’s story of the evolution of life will continue to be written for long.
While many countries have been producing postage stamps with insects of bright hues and with thoughtful scientific annotations, India Post’s efforts leave much to desire.
A civil engineer at IIT Guwahati talks about her research on lightweight concrete.
The NCR must seize the possibilities of reclaiming Badarpur as a public space by shutting down NTPC’s worst power plant in terms of meeting emissions standards.
If the UK withdraws from the Horizon 2020 programme as part of Brexit, the resulting funding decline will affect thousands of Indian scientists and engineers in the UK.
A Bengal doctor has been suspended after he wrote a Facebook post on the dengue crisis. The case is similar to another doctor in Mumbai who was ‘raided’ for identifying totally-drug-resistant TB cases.
Is it meaningful to be proud that the prize was awarded to as many women as men this year when the jury could not purposefully acknowledge that the gender gap is bad for us all?
The star-planet system is zipping towards Earth. In about 79,000 years, they will replace Proxima Centauri and Proxima b as our closest star and closest potentially habitable exoplanet, respectively.
Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of “the toolkit it uses to go through life”.
Surrogate parents of unrelated nestlings could forgo food while incubating eggs and foraging for chicks, and they lose weight. What makes them act in such a generous manner? Are they altruistic?
At the centre of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container.
Fifty-eight years ago, mathematician Shrikhande, along with his mentor R.C. Bose and their collaborator E.T. Parker, proved Leonhard Euler wrong and made the headlines.
As a mutagen, aristolochic acid is more potent than ultraviolet radiation. If unaware, people could be consuming it for relieving lesser discomforts in the name of ‘chemical-free’ herbal remedies.
There is a perception that the organised scientific community has been “conspicuously” silent and that it was high time that changed and they started engaging with society.
The US and the EU, among other developed nations, have said that they are not going to allow scrutiny of whether they are on track to meet their climate-change mitigation targets.
Many psychological studies don’t hold up to scrutiny. Is it time to redefine statistical significance?
Marie Curie should not only be celebrated for her scientific achievements, but also the tenacity, persistence, strength and the humanity she espoused throughout her turbulent life.
Substance metaphysics lacks information about change, while process philosophers go beyond looking at the world as a set of static unrelated items and instead examine the processes that make up the world.