Understanding how magnetic field lines will dance over the Sun is crucial to cracking a puzzling four-decade old problem as well as predicting space weather.
On the one hand, we congratulate ourselves on the rising numbers of women in science and, on the other, choose to remain neutral in the face of orthodox patriarchy.
Although the fish may not be intoxicated, it’s likely they enjoy a mild buzz.
Two responses to the ‘March for Science’ arbitrarily separate the role of the sciences and the social sciences in understanding the world. This is almost regressive.
Scientific papers are meant to be communication tools – and yet hardly anyone can understand them, not even other scientists.
The price of the antimalarial drug α/β arteether fell because it was discovered and developed through publicly funded research – something to keep in mind when funding for labs is cut.
Neonicotinoids, popularly called neonics, came on the scene when other pesticides no longer deterred pests but instead poisoned vertebrates.
Scientists cannot take a moral ground about blind beliefs and superstition until they also focus their criticism on their own practices.
“This is a very distinct snake, in size, colouration, behaviour and ecology. It appears to represent a quite rapidly evolved new form.”
In a flawed critique against the March for Science in India, the philosopher erects and razes strawmen, presuming he has made his case.
How did migration impact the professional networks in which scientists functioned? Did they continue academic discussions with their former colleagues on the other side of the border?
More than 100 years after Harvard employed 80 female “computers” who studied the stars, a new team of women are documenting their discoveries.
Melioidosis is the stuff of tragedy. The bacterium that causes it can affect different organs in different people, throwing off doctors and leading to misdiagnosis and death.
Scientists said they have named the 19-foot-long reptile Lemmysuchus, meaning “Lemmy’s crocodile” , after the late front man for the British band Motörhead.
The hope of scientists is that the ‘March for Science’ will have been a slap to those attitudes that trivialise modern scientific pursuits in favour of obscurantist notions.
Apart from helming the International Astronomical Union, Bappu is also the only Indian so far to have a comet and an asteroid named after him.
Barely a week after the death of Yash Pal, who worked hard to dispel superstitions and debunk pseudoscience, an article in a business daily advises readers against eating during eclipses.
The most risky aspect of gene editing is accidentally editing the wrong gene, causing problems that can be passed down generations.
He could often seem autocratic and dogmatic – but for all his strong opinions, he had a commitment to quality, and in the end this is essential to build anything that will last.
A philosopher debates the hypothetical ethical dilemma to destroy his original self if he teleported from Mars and grapples with the concept of human identity.
When evolving humans realised that the death of the body brings the death of the mind, we became the only animals to desire and choose suicide as mental oblivion.
Two decades of brain research have provided hints of a biological origin to being transgender, but no irrefutable conclusions.
Making the discovery was like trying to accurately measure how much the Titanic would bob when an orange is dropped on it.
His sustained emphasis on the methods of science and his trenchant and sustained criticism of Satya Sai Baba, among others, won him many admirers but few co-travellers.
A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
The July 2015 version of the Bill had been criticised by The Wire for arbitrarily assigning wide-ranging discretionary powers and for not possessing the necessary privacy and data-security safeguards.
After Bhargava organised a controversial meeting at a research lab in Hyderabad in 1967, he was summoned by a committee set up by the Centre to be quizzed about his meat-eating preferences. Golwalkar was part of the committee.
Bhargava was the founder-director of Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
The researchers cut off the heads of a group of planarian worms but this didn’t blind them – let alone kill them. With photoreceptors along the body, they could sense UV light and moved away from it.
‘A significant fraction of children who drop out may be those who refuse to compromise with non-comprehension. They are potentially superior to those who just memorise and do well in examinations, without comprehending very much!’
Since there exists no known human population without menopause, there is no direct way of studying the emergence of the phenomenon.
While our lifestyle plays an important role in whether we develop heart disease or type 2 diabetes, much of the risk is present before we are even born.
Known for their extreme hardiness, they survive gruelling environments by going into a near-death state, expelling all their water and curling up into a desiccated ball.
Despite the poverty, hunger and trauma that our previous generations had faced, luminaries like Yash Pal dedicated their lives to building a new nation.
What once seemed an impossible marriage of superconductivity and spin may be about to transform high-performance computing.
They will join two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on board the station, effectively doubling the amount of time that can be spent on research.
“To our surprise we found that termites used all materials as long as they were able to walk and chew on them.”
The research is believed to have demonstrated it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases.
Poeciliids, a group of fish to which the eastern mosquitofish belong, spend more time seeking sex than any other creature in the vertebrate world.
Rao succeeded Satish Dhawan and helped ISRO work more systematically, in the process leading a series of significant projects like the INSAT 2 and PSLV.