Pulsars are one of the finest tools we have for testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
A new investigation has found that two Harappan sites occupied a valley in which the river Sutlej used to flow before it shifted course 8,000 years ago, putting a dent in some theories about the river Saraswati.
What must it be like to reintroduce an animal to its original range? Will they be able to adapt to a new world without much handholding? Will they ever be wild again?
D. Shanti Priya, head of the astronomy department in Hyderabad’s Osmania University, studies the evolution of binary stars.
The significance of a new finding is that it is compelling evidence of life elsewhere, even if it doesn’t prove life on Earth originated elsewhere.
There are plenty of reasons to scrap the Sethusamudram project: we don’t know how sediments behave within the canal, how cyclones will affect it and how its marine environment will be wrecked.
The bar-headed goose’s adaptations work well for occasionally spending short periods of time at high altitudes, but these may have high energy costs.
There are few researchers and fewer teachers studying vertebrate and invertebrate palaeontology – leading some to wonder if India’s story of the evolution of life will continue to be written for long.
While many countries have been producing postage stamps with insects of bright hues and with thoughtful scientific annotations, India Post’s efforts leave much to desire.
A civil engineer at IIT Guwahati talks about her research on lightweight concrete.
The NCR must seize the possibilities of reclaiming Badarpur as a public space by shutting down NTPC’s worst power plant in terms of meeting emissions standards.
If the UK withdraws from the Horizon 2020 programme as part of Brexit, the resulting funding decline will affect thousands of Indian scientists and engineers in the UK.
A Bengal doctor has been suspended after he wrote a Facebook post on the dengue crisis. The case is similar to another doctor in Mumbai who was ‘raided’ for identifying totally-drug-resistant TB cases.
Is it meaningful to be proud that the prize was awarded to as many women as men this year when the jury could not purposefully acknowledge that the gender gap is bad for us all?
The star-planet system is zipping towards Earth. In about 79,000 years, they will replace Proxima Centauri and Proxima b as our closest star and closest potentially habitable exoplanet, respectively.
Cell biologists like Sarkar are fascinated by Giardia, not only because it is pathogenic but also because of “the toolkit it uses to go through life”.
Surrogate parents of unrelated nestlings could forgo food while incubating eggs and foraging for chicks, and they lose weight. What makes them act in such a generous manner? Are they altruistic?
At the centre of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container.
Fifty-eight years ago, mathematician Shrikhande, along with his mentor R.C. Bose and their collaborator E.T. Parker, proved Leonhard Euler wrong and made the headlines.
As a mutagen, aristolochic acid is more potent than ultraviolet radiation. If unaware, people could be consuming it for relieving lesser discomforts in the name of ‘chemical-free’ herbal remedies.
There is a perception that the organised scientific community has been “conspicuously” silent and that it was high time that changed and they started engaging with society.
The US and the EU, among other developed nations, have said that they are not going to allow scrutiny of whether they are on track to meet their climate-change mitigation targets.
Many psychological studies don’t hold up to scrutiny. Is it time to redefine statistical significance?
Marie Curie should not only be celebrated for her scientific achievements, but also the tenacity, persistence, strength and the humanity she espoused throughout her turbulent life.
Substance metaphysics lacks information about change, while process philosophers go beyond looking at the world as a set of static unrelated items and instead examine the processes that make up the world.
Day one of the UN climate summit outlined fault lines in climate change negotiations even as a global weather report warned that the world was on track to be warmer by 3.2º C by 2100.
It’s sweet to get results that surprise scientists, sweeter when local researchers are involved – and even sweeter to be reminded we haven’t been entirely left behind in non-theoretical particle physics research.
One of the more pressing questions now is why the first object to have made this fascinating journey was an asteroid, not a comet.
These wading birds flock in the shallow coastal wetlands of southern Australia and look for all the world like normal shorebirds – but their breeding biology is anything but normal.
For a couple of weeks every year, a team of palaeobiologists led by the highly-trained Devapriya Chattopadhyay braves through the remote Kutch region looking for answers one fossil at a time.
A professor has been accused of bullying her students. While some have called her actions unacceptable, other have defended her by pointing to the pressures of being a woman in a male-dominated field.
Lack of expertise means money for climate protection is spent on consultancy fees, which African officials say end up back in wealthy countries.
AlphaGo Zero, the reigning world champion of Go, demonstrates the ability of machines to learn form scratch and in a way that humans can’t.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
Researchers said the newly discovered internal structure was at least 100 feet (30 meters) long, and located above a hallway measuring about 155 feet long (47 meters).
Women aspiring to be professors of economics, whether at universities in India or in the US, should know that the odds of becoming one are quite bad.
Born in spring, the common shrew attains about 70% of its adult body mass by summer but loses some of it over the following winter. Even its brain becomes smaller.
Recently, the space agency set up an outreach centre in Hyderabad for entrepreneurs, which has access to all the raw data from ISRO and computational facilities.
If astrology is about how planetary positions influence humans, then what exactly does the ‘strength’ of a planet mean as far as humans are concerned?
Instead of trying to eradicate belief in pseudoscientific ideas by diktat, perhaps we should start addressing the factors whose interplay provides a breeding ground for those ideas.