Ants may not have dodged death, but remaining spry as spring in the evening of one’s life is enviable.
Rather than let herself become debilitated by the burden of a rare genetic mutation, Sonia Vallabh Minikel set out to use Big Data to determine her genetic destiny.
The Zika virus has considerable potential to penetrate our borders to play havoc amid the ideal conditions provided both for it and the mosquitoes.
With every successful launch that takes place, we can be more certain that spaceflight – at least unmanned spaceflight – is becoming more routine.
India is one of the Aedes aegyptis’s many homes but the Zika virus itself has not ever been detected in our country so far.
Some of the causes being explored by the scientists are the shape of the coastal topography that traps them and the tight social relationships with others in the pod that may predispose them to strand.
Could Spider Man climb up skyscrapers like he does in the comics? Scientists say that normal-sized sticky hands and feet alone won’t help him.
A tool used by biologists to study evolution is called phylogenetics, in which the scientist attempts to make connections among extant species based on a set of measurable properties.
NEJM labours under the impression that the data generated by medical experiments will not ever be perfectly communicable to other researchers who were not involved in the generation of it.
As with all other satnav systems, the NAVIC will provide two services: a free one for civilians and a strongly encrypted one for the military.
Mathematicians have been searching for patterns in prime numbers for more than 3,000 years and have made only a small amount of progress, believing that there are still many patterns to find.
The supposed body, temporarily dubbed Planet Nine, could exist because, if it did, it would explain away many other observations made in the last few years in its neighbourhood that’ve defied understanding.
A brilliant scientist from CERN, accused of association with a terrorist group in 2009 and jailed in France before being freed, tells his story as he is hounded out of Brazil where he has lived since May 2013.
A discovery is made only when the appropriate tools required for that discovery are invented – and almost never completely by chance.
The societal, economic and ecological disasters of marine bioinvasions are not natural ones, and they are becoming more common.
Edited excerpts from a speech delivered by mathematician and Fields medallist Manjul Bhargava on January 2, 2016 at the Madras Sanskrit College
If you thought trust was a unique trait of humanhood, you’d be mistaken. Our close relatives – the chimpanzees – trust too. This recent finding pushes the origin of trust way back to a common ancestor.
In eminence, the physics and chemistry prizes are considered second only to their Nobel counterparts, while the medicine prize comes third after the Nobel and the Lasker.
What does it take to recreate a dish that’s over 4000-years-old… a dish for which there isn’t a recipe you can refer to?
An indian scientist’s disputes with Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence betray a misreading of how one of history’s most famous equations came to be.
Marine animals’ ability to navigate across open seas has long been a mystery. Scientists now have an inkling of how sharks find their way.
The congress was a gathering of a lot of people many of whom you didn’t know, a place with plenty of food, and a place where you did a lot of things to please others.
Part of the scepticism directed at North Korea has to do with whether its scientists have mastered the complex energy transfer techniques necessary for a reliable fusion bomb.
When going up trees, snakes use a type of crawling called the concertina that isn’t only fast but also likely saves energy.
Beyond offering insights into the history of science and perspectives on model-making, the legacy of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka also reveals a delicate and often invisible link between artists and scientists.
A tough-to detect and alarmingly common intestinal disease may have a lot to do with India’s stunted children and their susceptibility to polio and rotavirus infections.
Resistance is here to stay but it needn’t be apocalyptic. The challenge for the human mind is to keep pace with it and keep a continuing stream of new antibiotics with novel properties flowing.
The National Biotechnology Development Strategy makes a lot of the right noises. However, at this point, it is silent on how its programmes will be implemented.
The Wire carried articles on a spectrum of issues impacting science, addressing questions on everything from sexism and publishing woes to public policy and particle physics.
It’s said that great science fiction has a basis in good science, but it is also true that good science can be inspired by great science fiction.
Puff adders can give even trained dogs the slip.
With great confidence and supposed vision, we decided that infectious diseases were a done deal, and research funding for these areas were curtailed. Unfortunately, we did not factor in evolution.
Instead of constructing one base made up of trillions of tons of metal and rocks, why not construct lots of them, each just a shell and a weapon, run by robots?
A quote by Musk on spacex.com states that if the company became able to reuse rockets, “the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred”.
A new explanation involves sublimating carbon dioxide under the red planet’s surface to blow out and carve gully features – which were recently declared to be symptoms of flowing water.
Fabiola Gianotti’s research excellence, administrative astuteness and creative intuition will now guide physicists as they embark on a distinct and precarious adventure.
There are great discoveries to be made where we can’t see, and these will only come if we abandon our comfort zones and our reliance on running with the herd.
During a famine, vole populations can crash. Those with better navigation and memory skills dote on their partners, defend their mates from philandering males, and make successful parents.
On Wednesday, ISRO’s PSLV rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota with the six Singaporean satellites. All of them will be put into orbit about 21 minutes into the flight at an altitude of 550 km.
The ATLAS and CMS collaborations reported subtle hints of an unpredicted bump in the data, but also said they’d need more time and analysis to too if it was anything substantial.