Particles called Majorana fermions are supposed to be their own antiparticles. A new study by an international team of scientists claims to have found them – but what they have found aren’t particles per se.
Scientists from labs in Mumbai, Gandhinagar and Lisbon have found a cheaper-than-usual way to understand how magnetic fields in solar winds and solar flares evolve.
What has escaped many researchers is that a species can be on the decline even when alive in the form of a few creatures, and this is almost always an indication that its extinction is impending.
Twenty-nine of the 30 nanosatellites on the PSLV C38 mission belonged to clients from 14 different nations.
So long as private capital remains focused on profit, with a political class paying lip service to innovations and scientists remaining mesmerised by metrics, profit will continue to be the end result of most scientific endeavours.
According to a US space expert, India which recently launched a record 104 satellites in one go, would continue to do so and “saturate” the orbits.
The Lonar crater is the only known impact crater in the world to have formed on basalt rock.
A group of seven Indian students has bagged two awards at the first global robotics Olympiad in the US where 157 countries participated.
The meticulous search of the missing plane in the Indian ocean has gathered data on where rare, valuable fish gather and will allow for geological modelling for events like Tsunamis.
There is reduced genetic variation among the people of some subpopulations because they have been genetically isolated due to various factors – such as caste.
Shruti Muralidhar contests some of the claims in Sumaiya Shaikh’s article.
Sumaiya Shaikh responds to Shruti Muralidhar’s rebuttal.
The science of hate can help us realise who the bigger criminal is. Is it the lynchers alone? Should the instigators bear more blame? And should an apathetic government be held complicit?
Research isn’t just about producing papers but also about letting people visualise and experience the complex story and impact behind it, and art can help.
“I absolutely could not believe what I was seeing. The snail shell, I thought, was a static structure, hard as rock. How and why would a nematode be in it?”
A new study in Scientific Reports uses fractal techniques to quantify differences in drug-resistant tuberculosis strains.
She had dreamt of being a writer as a child, but later took up math with her elder brother’s encouragement, going on to make seminal contributions to algebraic geometry.
The DNA bank at the Centre for Wildlife, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, will use genetic technologies to supplement ongoing efforts in wildlife conservation.
A new law signals Luxembourg’s intention to persist with its bold pro-space strategy after reaping immense rewards from the first time it tried it, in 1985.
The Chinese scientists’ experiment has bested a previous record, when in 2012 their leader Jian-Wei Pan had lead a team that had teleported information across 97 km.
While some PhD graduates have their sights set on jobs in industry, there are many who find that there are simply not enough opportunities in academia.
Immune systems are meant to keep us healthy, but they can turn on us, with devastating results. Can immunotherapies help defend against this friendly fire?
In a new IISc-IISER study, researchers have shown how bacteria take the help of hydrogen sulphide gas to defend themselves.
At the heart of the history of quantum entanglement lies a furious debate between two groups of physicists, a clever paradox and an iconoclastic way out of it.
As economic growth and rising inequality take centre stage, it is vital to understand the history of data, how it is produced and what numbers represent.
To Hans Liepmann, teaching was a “more challenging and also more rewarding business” than publishing “startling papers”, most of which he said would be “footnotes in handbooks in the not-too-distant future”.
They attribute its superior ability to conduct electricity to the presence of both silver and graphene.
If physicists do find that gravitational waves have travelled through dimensions other than the four we live in, it will be the start of a revolution in physics. But how close are we really?
Marine mammals have been studied by scientists in more detail than many fish found deeper in the ocean, and their acoustic behaviour has been a source of much fascination.
The many toxins and enzymes secreted by Photorhabdus luminescens, a bacterium, are already in use as biocontrol agents against arthropod pests.
The researchers estimate their robot will cost Rs 60-70 lakh, whereas commercial models cost Rs 12 crore. The difference could mean more hospitals will be able to afford the machine.
Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive-compulsive disorders too?
Trevor Lawley and Gordon Dougan are unconventional bug hunters who collect bugs invisible to the naked eye. And even though we’re teeming with them, researchers are only beginning to discover how they keep us healthy.
The world is yet to react to the study but there will surely be murmurs of discontent from sportspeople. Many of them have continued to argue that taking performance-enhancing drugs makes for a level playing field.
The same rocket type had been expected to take China’s latest lunar probe to the Moon this year and to return with samples.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
The Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite, acronymised to NISAR, will use a dual-frequency radar for the first time to monitor resource-use and environmental hazards on the ground.
If dark energy is just a grand illusion – as some suggest – then rethinking our interpretation of the basic principles of general relativity in a complex universe is crucial.
Of the 31 communication satellites produced by ISRO, 19 have been launched on Ariane rockets, 10 on the GSLV, one on the PSLV and, earlier this month, one on the GSLV Mk III.
It seems what everyone has been wishing for all along will also be the only thing that will be able to settle this back-and-forth – but that’s not going to happen soon.