No matter what we find by studying planets orbiting ultra-cool dwarfs, we cannot lose. We can only learn.
JAXA has announced a mission to visit the two moons of Mars and return a rock sample to Earth.
Many experts believe that there is enough data to emphatically claim that violent behaviour is, in part, biological.
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A quick review of interesting research on living things from the last month.
New parenthood got fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends in the diaper and they headed to the zoo and lab to come up with a physics story of defecation.
Mahati Chittem, a medical psychologist, studies what happens to people emotionally, psychologically, behaviourally and physically when they fall ill.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
On scientific method, the work of Sir Francis Bacon – the key progenitor of modern science – and whether scientific discovery can be automated.
Scientific facts have failed to quell misinformation, an assertion of democratic rights has failed to inspire trust and the EIA has failed as an instrument of legitimisation.
The artificially created public antagonism against science exists all over the world and is more pronounced in countries that are tilting towards right-wing authoritarianism.
In a democracy, the onus is on the experts to create languages to communicate with the layperson. Anything less is a recipe for exploitation.
At the outset, the study had a lot going for it: Harvard scientists, paper published in a fancy journal, etc. But most coverage ignored two key issues with it.
The protest was against the Trump administration’s proposal to cut US federal science funding and its scepticism towards climate change.
Instead of trying to smooth out individual differences by looking at large data sets, it may be useful to describe consistent patterns of behaviour within an individual.
In a short time, we have made such tremendous progress that many diagnoses are now re-categorised based on the genes and mutations rather than based on the clinical manifestations.
Multiple news outlets had quoted Sivathanu Pillai’s statements out of context. The last thing science reporting needs is fake news.
In its most extreme form, confabulation arises from severe brain damage, which conveys false memories induced by the injury to the brain.
In the race between cryptography and code-breaking if society does not give ‘human ingenuity’ room to flourish we will all be poorer for it.
A small but persistent discrepancy between the rates at which particles called B mesons decay into different pairs of leptons has physicists intrigued.
The results are relevant for future lander-probes to Titan – and to understand the surface chemistry of the only other body in the Solar System known to have liquids on its surface.
A planet’s atmosphere is what we need to be studying the most if and when we’re looking for signs of life.
The fresh notices issued by the journal detail that N.K. Sahoo had duplicated “several figures and portions of text” from his previous works, an accusation that has been made against him repeatedly at BARC.
The asteroid 2014 JO25, discovered in 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this near to the planet since 2004.
There’s a need for new anti-malarial agents due to some malaria drugs becoming ineffective in the fight against the disease.
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A campaigning doctor has helped make the landlocked Asian nation a better place to die than many much wealthier nations.
Since 1600, 278,880 people have been killed by volcanic activity, many of these deaths attributed to secondary hazards associated with the main eruption.
The discovery makes Saturn’s ocean-bearing moon Enceladus the only place beyond Earth where scientists have found direct evidence of a possible energy source for life.
Scientists say they have developed a box that can convert low-humidity air into water, producing several litres every 12 hours.
The oldest-known forerunner of dinosaurs, dating back to the Triassic Period, is shaking up the expectations of palaeontologists about dinosaur evolution.
Scientists in Bengaluru have unraveled an ingenious mechanism behind the phenomenon called brain-sparing, first noticed in the 1970s.
The study also found that, apart from parental care being widespread in this group of frogs, the females are primary caregivers in many species, contrary to prevailing wisdom.
The researchers say their method to detect the presence of cows specifically and other animals generally on or adjacent to Indian roads is something that hasn’t been done before.
Surya Harikrishnan, a professor at Manipal University in Udupi on her research in archaeophotonics, the itch to educate and how growing career.
Medical technologies don’t evolve in a vacuum. They are driven not only by trends in scientific research but also by business interests and the regulatory environment.
Citations alone won’t be able to tell the full story: a good scientist needn’t be cited heavily – but not all those who are cited heavily are good scientists.
The TKDL has spent over Rs 15 crore translating and digitising Indian traditional knowledge – but in the pursuit of a pointless outcome.
A study is being done in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression – a natural environment like no other on earth – to understand how microbes thrive in extreme environments such as those found on Mars.
The Riemann hypothesis, which provides important information about the distribution of prime numbers, was first publicised in 1859. Its solution carries a $1-million reward.