One of the declared goals of the Rosetta mission when it was approved in 1993 was to determine the composition of volatile compounds in the cometary nucleus. And now we have an answer.
#fieldworkfail is in retrospect #fieldworkwin, depicting scientists in their natural environments
The story of a 29-cent US Postal Service stamp that inspired scientists to undertake the journey to Pluto
It was impossible to remain unmoved by the man, his face often set to a stern expression like a schoolteacher who has struck upon an epiphany, his neatly partitioned mane of silver hair staying obediently out of the way
As the US faces what would appear to be an epidemic of race-based attacks committed by whites, it is time to examine how our history of racism affects the mental health of African Americans
How do snakes like boa constrictors kill their prey? By fitting rats with delicate sensors, scientists have found the rodents were squeezed until they suffered a stroke
The following is the note of dissent submitted by Usha Ramanathan, a researcher, advocate and dissenting member of the committee that drafted the Human DNA Profiling Bill. The Wire published a criticism of the Bill on July 24, 2015. The committee was put together by the Department of […]
In response to the piece ‘Modi Wants the DNA Profiling Bill Passed Right Away. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Be‘, published July 24, 2015, Dr. J. Gowrishankar, Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, wrote a spirited response describing the benign intentions behind the Bill and why […]
These dragons even beat regular females at their own game by laying many more eggs, and the sex-reassignment surgeon par excellence is temperature
The government responds to The Wire’s criticism of the Human DNA Profiling Bill
Amidst the seemingly losing battle against the virus, recent research has kindled hopes over ‘designer antibodies’ engineered to elicit the immune response needed to beat the virus
The Human DNA Profiling Bill which the Narendra Modi government wants to pass in the current session of Parliament is one of the most intrusive enactments of its kind anywhere in the world, a measure that will render obsolete the national debate on privacy before it has even […]
Many of Kepler-452b’s features are tantalisingly similar to Earth’s and don’t discourage the hope that alien life might exist on it
If Moore’s Law does continue for just two or three more decades, typical handheld devices may well exceed the human brain in intelligence
Considered an innovation of India’s national pharmaceutical industry, FDCs are promoted extensively and used in huge numbers within the country
It’s impossible to sneak up behind a chameleon. Without taking an eye off the juicy grasshopper, it can swivel the other eye around to watch you.
Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.
In the overall history of investigations into particle physics, Yoichiro Nambu’s work and intellect were together a keystone
Will even deeper relationships between sound and space be discovered by scientists?
The Zhenyuanlong, a close cousin of the Velociraptor, was a fluffy, feathered poodle from hell
The farther our gaze strays from home, the more we will become reliant on technology that is beyond the average person’s intellect to comprehend
The observations are sufficiently reliable and make for a discovery
India is poised to help physicists achieve a clearer understanding of our universe. But first, science needs to overcome politics.
The flyby will last a day but all the data logged during the flyby will take until November 2016 to arrive on Earth
Networks and mentors go a long way in working around bureaucracy, and female scientists feels men have much stronger networks that they can tap into
With much to gain, wolves seem to do their utmost to win the geladas’ trust
We can take delight in chimpanzees’ sense of morality, But distressingly, many humans do not even show this measure of empathy
Delays in making the GSLV reliable offset the progress that the PSLV has made for ISRO in catching up with the global $300-billion satellite-launching industry
What remains to be found – at least to establish the effects of open defecation exclusively on pregnancy – is the mechanism of infection
An outbreak of cholera in Haiti that began in 2010 is still killing people. Why have attempts to get it under control failed? Rose George reports.
The new Multi Application Solar Telescope will complement observations made by other telescopes and could help India prepare for human spaceflight
Curious Bends is a weekly newsletter curated by science journalists Akshat Rathi and Vasudevan Mukunth.
Pluto was embraced as the solar system’s ninth planet upon discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930
If India used its knowledge and expertise to help improvise new directions for global Internet governance, that would bring much richer dividends than just capitulating to the US-led power structure.
“Google pretends it isn’t a company,” says Assange but Google is not what it seems. It’s a deeply political operation. “We must pay attention to how it operates, and prepare to defend ourselves against its seductive powers of surveillance and control.”
The probe is transmitting telemetry signals that will help scientists fix it in time for its encounter with Pluto and its moons
DigiLocker provides each user with 10 MB of storage space on the web to store files and share them as well as makes for a hub on which to access various government documents
In an underreported development, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider particle-smasher have unearthed data from an experiment conducted in 2012 that shows signs of a new particle. If confirmed, its discovery could herald a new period of particle physics research. On June 2, members of the ATLAS detector […]
Among nightingales, singing is not for the weak and the lazy