Heat to take ‘wind’ out of coastal India; huge job loss anticipated

In a recently published study in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, it is estimated that there would be a decline of 35% in work performance in the east coast region of India by 2100 due to heat stress caused by extreme heat and humidity

Researchers devise new method to arm electronic gadgets against power fluctuatio...

Indian researchers have developed the performance analysis of miniaturized circuitry used in modern devices such as mobile phones and tablets so that the devices may be designed for better performance even under erratic DC power supply

Researchers discover universal phenomenon that may help connect dissimilar field...

Ever observed the flock of pigeons taking off in a jiffy? Suddenly they take-off helter-skelter but within a flash, they are in a formation. The sudden emergence of spontaneous order is called self-organisation. While the random flight is periodic, the emergence of formation is harmonic

Apple targets production of self-driven vehicles by 2024: Report

Apple Inc, which makes iPhones and MacBook's, is planning to produce a self-driven vehicle by 2024, about 10 years after it first took up the project to design its own vehicle, Reuters has reported.

Rogers-Ramanujan identities are an eternal golden braid

Srinivasa Ramanujan's story is unconventional. A self-taught mathematical genius, in a short but prolific life of just 32 years, he published about 4,000 theorems on many areas in mathematics.

Oxygen leak on ISS, Russians say ‘no reason to panic’

Depleting level of oxygen on the International Space Station (ISS) has alerted Russia's space agency, which has now asked cosmonauts aboard to find out the possible leak at the earliest.

Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

Beijing: A Chinese lunar capsule has returned to Earth with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. The capsule of the Change 5 probe landed in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region on Thursday, state media reported shortly after 2:00 am (1800 GMT). The capsule earlier separated from its orbiter module...

Bacteria can travel from one continent to another in atmospheric dust: Study

London: Some bacteria can travel from one continent to another hidden in atmospheric dust, according to a new study which says these microbes may not only affect human and animal health, but also impact climate and ecosystems.

A celestial spectacle of Jupiter and Saturn is set to unfold after 400 years

A great celestial show is set to lift the gloom of 2020, as the year comes to a close. On December 21, after almost 400 years — 397 to be precise — Jupiter and Saturn, the largest and the second-largest planets, respectively, are set to come closer.


Rekhla race held as part of MGR’s birth anniversary function in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: About 400 pairs of bulls, on Sunday (January 17), participated in the rekhla race organised in Coimbatore as part of the 104th birth anniversary celebrations of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR

Kamala Harris to be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Washington: Kamala Harris, who will script history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian US vice president on Wednesday (January 20), will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice in the US Supreme Court

Bengal polls: Left, Congress to seal seat-sharing deal by Jan-end

Kolkata: Asserting that they will...

Shah talks about doubling farmers’ income as protests taint BJP image

Bagalkote (Karnataka): With the Delhi protests painting the Modi government as being anti-farmers, Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday sought to do an image makeover, asserting that doubling farmers' income was the Centre's biggest priority.

Auspicious Kolam drawings mark kickoff of Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony

Washington: Kolam, a traditional Ind...



Read more

Who should stay away from COVID vaccine


Watch: Doctors jittery about taking Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin


How does Signal beat WhatsApp?


Slow vaccine rollout a big concern as COVID-19 cases surge globally


Capitol Hill burns, black day for democracy in USA


Farmers throw a surprise with planning, clockwork-like execution


Things to know before getting COVID-19 vaccine


Hyderabad researches develop new technique to boost rice production

 In a major boost to efforts to help meet the growing need for high quality hybrid rice seeds, a team of Hyderabad-based researchers has developed a new method to assess the genetic quality of the seeds that are used in their production

China’s moon probe preparing to return rock samples to Earth

Beijing: China's latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon's surface and sealed them within the spacecraft for return to Earth, the government announced on Thursday.

Researchers devise new wastewater recycling system

New Delhi: India is among the world’s most water-stressed countries today. The per capita water available is set to decline to 1,465 cubic metres by 2025 from 1,544 cubic metres in 2011, according to a 2018 Niti Aayog study. With the country hurtling towards a water crisis, we may soon have to confront a whole bunch of associated problems, ranging from healthissues due to poor sanitation, and conflicts over water access, to food security and climate change.

A turmeric-based anti-cancer drug could be in the offing

In a significant boost in efforts to find better anti-cancer drugs, a team of Indian scientists has found a way to control the expression of cancer -inducing gene called cancer myelocytomatosis (c-myc), using a synthetic derivative of Curcumin obtained from turmeric.

A new way forward for treatment of tonsil cancer

Oropharyngeal cancer or tonsil cancer, as it is known in common parlance, is increasingly becoming a matter of grave concern

Researchers develop eco-friendly packaging material from cucumber peels

Throwing away cucumber peels after preparing your salad could be a past phenomenon. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have developed cellulose nanocrystals from cucumber peels with high cellulose content, compared to other peel wastes, which can be used to create food packaging materials.

Work-from-home trend causing a new disorder — Zoom Dysmorphia

Do you double-check your face for any flaws before logging into a Zoom meeting or switch off the video mode when you attend it in pyajamas and without running a brush through your hair? Has the fear of looking ‘ugly’ on video calls goaded you to consult a doctor? If you find yourself ticking all the questions, you are suffering from what scientists...

IIT Kharagpur researcher selected as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Abhijit Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics and the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Wear that mask, droplets with coronavirus can travel over 6 metres

New Delhi: According to a latest study, the smaller viral droplets can be carried away by the wind and may travel up to 6.6 meters and even further under dry air conditions. Scientists analysed the dispersion of coughs using airflow simulation and found that some smaller droplets can travel more than six metres of distance.

CSIR-SERC licenses makeshift hospital’s technology to L&T

New Delhi: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s Chennai based constituent laboratory Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC) has signed an agreement for licensing of technology – Portable lightweight foldable module for makeshift hospitals and other needs (PoliTal-M), with Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), Mumbai.

Heavy metal pollution in southern Indian sea threaten marine, human life: Study

A recent study conducted by the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) and University of Madras, reveals that the southern Indian sea is under the grip of a cocktail of heavy metal pollution. The team of researchers, after analysing the sediment samples collected from low and high tides of the Coromandel coastal area, concluded that t...

Rare Halloween blue moon to be seen on October 31, first in decades

Sky watchers can look forward to seeing the blue moon on October 31. The moon, though, will not look blue. A blue moon refers to the second full moon in a month while the first is called harvest moon. This October 1 saw a full moon, while the next full moon, blue moon, will be seen on October 31.

Time critical factor in plasma collection post COVID-19 recovery: Study

New Delhi: India has adopted plasma therapy for severely ill COVID-19 patients. While plasma therapy has not yet shown a benefit in randomised trials, some small retrospective studies suggest it may reduce illness severity and hospitalisation time.

Shedding light on the mystery called black holes

Einstein, in late 1915, theoretically established that space and time were not different entities but formed a four-dimensional continuum, like a "sheet" which would warp into curvatures depending on the energy and momentum of the bodies in it.

TIFR scientists identify gene that can help increase rice productivity

A team of scientists at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Bengaluru-based National Centre for Biological Sciences has identified a protein that plays a critical role in the holding of grains in the panicles of rice crops, a development that could help increase the productivity of rice. Small RNAs regulate genes and they are present in a...

Explained: What are CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors?

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A Doudna for “the development of a method for genome editing”. Prof Charpentier is currently the Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin and Prof. Doudna is Professor at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University ...

Scientists devise simple method to extract anti-TB agents from algae

New Delhi: The Marine Biotechnology division of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has discovered a potential anti-tuberculosis (TB) agent to combat TB by successfully isolating the biomolecules of pharmacological importance from a marine microalgae Chlorella vulgaris.

Physical distancing more helpful in curbing COVID than travel bans: Study

The COVID situation is slowly limping back to normal. Travel restrictions, face masks and many other measures could help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Researchers come up with new method to avoid stubble burning

New Delhi: Over the last few years, the onset of winters has been bringing about concerns over stubble burning or crop residue burning, which gives rise to numerous air quality issues and aggravates air pollution, particularly in Northern India, as it brings down the air quality index to dangerous levels.

Kerala bird atlas, a first in Asia, goes a long way in conservation

Thrissur: Kerala has completed the first ‘bird atlas’ in Asia, mapping avian species found in each and every corner of the state across seasons in a citizen-science initiative that spanned over five years and aimed at giving bird conservation a shot in the arm.