Complex behaviour such as regional accents and cultural food preferences in whales and dolphins seems to be linked to brain size.
Maitreyee Saha Sarkar deals with work on nuclear structure to understand why various types of nuclei behave in different ways.
It is time India and Pakistan take steps to encourage and motivate their fine scientific and technological minds to work together unto mutually beneficial and peaceful ends.
Two neutron stars collided in space, unleashing a deadly beam of gamma rays, spewing heavy metals into the cosmos and drawing the attention of over 70 observatories worldwide. The universe doesn’t get more breathtaking.
They encoded information within bacterial DNA, making it a living hard-disk that underwent an automatic backup every 20 minutes as the bacteria reproduced.
A “completely confusing statement” in a gazette notification has scientists wondering which of their papers will and won’t be considered towards their promotions in the future.
Sudha’s area of concern is geophysics that directly impacts environmental issues such as groundwater contamination and aquifer detection.
While the new version of the tech has room for improvement, scientists say it opens a new way for safer, more accurately controlled delivery of gene-editing tools.
We have stunning shots of other galaxies but we don’t exactly know what the Milky Way itself looks like. Large parts of it that lie on the far side from where we are are obscured by thick dust clouds.
Scientists used artificial antibodies to stop a single signalling pathway among many controlled by the same protein – solving a longstanding and widely recognised problem in biology.
Learning how poison frogs evolved to resist their toxins without sacrificing normal functions could help researchers design a new generation of painkillers as well antidotes for smokers and drug users who want to kick their habits.
Soon after Sputnik’s launch, the military realised that spacecraft would be great for reconnaissance – spysats. These are now commonplace.
Mathematicians have been playing around with pattern formation equations since Alan Turing published his seminal paper in 1952.
The recovery of the Kolar Leaf-nosed bat from the IUCN’s endagnered Red List is thanks to the scientists like Bhargavi who convinced the IUCN to raise the alarm.
The brain processes colour in more ways that just creating visual images – here’s how.
From 1932 to 1968, hundreds of tonnes of mercury seeped into the Minamata Bay in Japan, causing health and environmental problems still felt today.
Many of the important papers penned by the chemistry laureates are not freely accessible. Yet the Nobel Prizes are apparently given for work that is “for the greatest benefit of mankind”…
Jacquet Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson optimised the electron microscope through simple workarounds, preserving it as the instrument of choice among structural biologists.
Many sewage treatment plants are not equipped for the advanced treatment of human waste – but this is where bacteria resistant to antibiotics in our body collect, and muster.
The US territory is in a near blackout, its electricity grid shredded by the storm that slammed into the island on September 20.
The fast growth rate of these snails makes them ideal candidates to record high-frequency changes in the monsoon precipitation.
Kip Thorne speaks about the history and legacy of the quest for gravitational waves, LIGO’s formative years and the importance of science communication.
But by giving the prize only to Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish, the prize committee has ignored the contributions of 1,000+ scientists around the world who helped build the detectors and analyse the data.
Apart from lighting firecrackers, we’re also getting ready for a debate about air pollution we go through every year as part of the festivities.
Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have won the Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine in 2017 for working out the molecular mechanism behind circadian rhythms.
Girish Sahni, the CSIR director general, said that no suitable candidate could be found for the prize in the mathematical sciences category.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
The higher end of the barn owls’ hearing spectrum is far higher than most other birds can hear. And in mammals, these frequencies are the first to go with age.
Scientist Kuljeet Kaur is working on ‘experimental indirect astronomy’, which is one of the few ways to study the cosmos without telescopes.
The chemical formula behind your tears.
The brain’s separate parts are highly interconnected, all working in harmony to create one unique being: you.
As well as giving us the concept of zero, Indian mathematicians made seminal contributions to the study of trigonometry, algebra, arithmetic and negative numbers.
SpaceX plans its first trip to the red planet in 2022, carrying only cargo, to be followed by a manned mission in 2024.
Researchers measured concentrations and isotope compositions of the graphite and concluded that it was produced by a living organism.
We are getting a glimpse of the power of a network of gravitational wave detectors. India’s own detector will join it in 2024.
If the world manages to keep warming by the century’s end below 1.5º C – an extremely ambitious target – over a third of the ice volume in Asia’s high mountains will still be lost.
Many neuroscientific studies confirm that the brain’s ‘automatic pilot’ is usually in the driving seat, with little need for ‘us’ to know what’s going on.
India has a lot to lose if it doesn’t make better sense of its weather, especially for its farmers and for better disaster management.
Ant colonies put up with inefficient gold bricks in their midst. Did these ants perform an essential service? Did they make themselves useful by relaying messages or acting as living larders?
Condensed matter physicist Archana Lakhani is the only woman scientist at CSR Indore – and this has been the case for the last ten years.