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.
Let us remember Asima Chatterjee as a world-class chemist in a time when science was a lot less comfortable to do and involved a lot more of getting your hands dirty than it does today.
For megacities, it’s time to start planning for a disrupted future.
The technique involved help keep alive important bacteria and fungi found in India’s northeast, and which would otherwise disappear with time.
If the thinking of Satya Pal Singh is anything to go by, we must prepare for a long spell of darkness.
There’s clearly something mysterious going on. We don’t know what it is or how it works and we’re as close to figuring it out as we were in 2009.
Particles called gluons are responsible for mediating the strong nuclear force, a fundamental force of nature. But one of their properties complicates this picture profusely.
Daylighting this declining trend in readability should remind scientists that their choice of words is just as important as their decisions about data collection and statistics.
When leopard geckos walk on the desert sands of Gujarat and Rajasthan, their fat tails swing from side to side without touching the ground. If they lose their tails, do they change the way they walk?
“All this sectarian squabble about who eats what kind of meat and all this religious antagonism between different groups is harmful to the country,” Venkatraman Ramakrishnan said.
Nandini Singh Chatterjee, a cognitive neuroscientist, has developed unique methods to study autism, dyslexia and language recognition in children.
The most dramatic insights are likely to appear not in places where our ignorance is obvious, but where we are not even aware of our conceptual errors.
Cassini has been humankind’s proxy-visit to Saturn, a diminutive, polite and empathetic ambassador dispatched to learn more about a tremendous planet.
Banning the game will not take away the many psychological issues that young teens are susceptible to – just the way banning heavy metal is not going to stop spree or serial killings.
While Cassini is celebrated in the popular literature for its stunning photographs of Saturn’s rings more often, its more unique contributions have advanced our understanding of the planet’s moons.
A new study has found that India’s tigers aren’t all the same. Instead, their genes suggest they form three distinct clusters.
Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, will make the last of 22 farewell dives between the planet’s rings and surface on September 15.
Jurors are unlikely to appreciate that blood spatter patterns or bite mark analysis do not tell a single, compelling and unambiguous story the way they do in books.
A recent study shows how the number of vulnerable and endangered amphibians is nearly double that of birds or mammals. Strategies need to be put in place, and fast.
Scientists, intellectuals and social scientists expected that the spread of modern science would drive secularisation – that science would be a secularising force. But that simply hasn’t been the case.
Biologists have found that they sneeze to vote. But not all sneezes are the same.
A new study has found that flocking on curved surfaces gives rise to unique patterns that nature could be taking advantage of – in our bodies, in the world.
Srubabati Goswami has two sides. She is an internationally renowned scientist and she is a roaring modern Indian woman.
“As per our current estimates whatever remains of the structure – [fairing], satellite and the rocket’s fourth stage – will fall into the sea.”
Within hours of North Korea’s latest underground nuclear test, Japan and South Korea were both able to independently confirm it had happened. How?
From organising financial support to editing his manuscripts, Sister Nivedita made sure the pioneering Indian scientist was able to continue with and share his work.
Some have admitted that it won’t be a full experiment as much as a statement of intent pointed at the Tamil Nadu government, where local political forces used baseless accusations to stall a larger experiment.
A spare satellite, IRNSS 1I, was expected to launch in November 2017, followed by two more spares next year. How the failure of C39 will impact this schedule is not known.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
Several scientists also admitted that they received subtle, and some not-so-subtle, hints from their senior colleagues to stay away from the march.
The history of science has been centred for too long on the West, say Simon Schaffer and Sujit Sivasundaram. It’s time to think global.
A.S. Kiran Kumar, ISRO chief, said the mission was unsuccessful because the satellite housed within the heat sink could not be injected.
Judah Folkman once famously said, “If you are a mouse and you have cancer, we can take good care of you.” Needless to say, the same doesn’t translate for humans.
It is high time the government realises that all good researchers should be treated equal, that they don’t deserve to become embedded in a rather illogical hierarchical setup.
This is the first and only evidence of a snake changing its colour in response to industrial contamination.
The infection is believed to be responsible for almost one in four neonatal deaths in India every year. The new intervention promises to bring this rate down by 40% at about $1 per baby.