Genome India: Cataloguing the Genetic Variation in Indians

‘GenomeIndia: Cataloguing the Genetic Variation in Indians’ project has been sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on 16.01.2020 for a period of 3 years to 20 institutions from varied disciplines across the country. The whole-genome sequencing under GenomeIndia has just started. The proposed target of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is to do it for […]

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NASA reveals that air pollution over China has gone down since the coronavirus outbreak

A recent satellite image released by NASA shows that there is a dramatic fall in pollution over China due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The reduction in NO2 pollution was first visible near Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, according to NASA scientists, but eventually spread across the country. […]

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The vision of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the development of the agriculture sector and to increase agricultural production

ICAR has been updating the vision and strategies of research for the holistic development of Indian Agriculture. ICAR has developed perspective plans and vision for 2030 and 2050. These documents provide the strategic framework for innovation-led inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth in the country. The ICAR Institutes under the Council have also prepared their vision […]

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Admission to Ph.D. Programme in Science Education – 2020

Admission to PhD Programme in Science Education – 2020  Interest in science and mathematics education Flair for teaching and writing Curiosity about how students learn Critical and analytical skills Commitment to improving education Science and mathematics teachers and educators are also encouraged to apply. They would have to spend a minimum of two years at […]

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National List of Essential Medicines – India

Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority healthcare needs of the majority of the population. The essential medicines list needs to be country-specific addressing the disease burden of the nation and the commonly used medicines at primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare levels. The medicines in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) should be […]

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What is Atal Bhujal Yojana?

The per capita water availability in the country is reducing due to the increase in population. The average annual per capita water availability in the years 2001 and 2011 was assessed as 1816 cubic meters and 1545 cubic meters respectively which may further reduce to 1486 cubic meters, 1367 cubic meters, 1282 cubic meters and […]

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CAG has found loopholes in the way environment safety is managed by Coal India Limited

India’s coal production has been under fire for being a polluting source of energy generation and in some cases, not adhering to environmental safeguards. Giving credence to this charge, the latest report by India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found loopholes in the way environment safety is managed by Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries […]

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Schemes for Installation and Use of Solar Energy Systems in Rural and Urban areas

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Coverage (a) Component-A: 10 GW Installation of Renewable power plants (incl. solar) up to 2 MW capacity on barren/agriculture land. (b) Component-B: Installation of 17.5 lakh standalone solar pumps up to 7.5 HP capacity each for irrigation purpose (c) Component-C: Solarization of 10 lakh existing agricultural […]

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Gaganyaan: The Human Space Mission

The Human Space Mission: Gaganyaan is targeted for December 2021. The Gaganyaan Programme has been approved by the Government of India. The design and configuration of the major subsystem are finalized. The procurement and system/ subsystem realization for tests and flight has commenced. The crew selection and training process for the Gaganyaan mission is progressing […]

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Permaculture: A solution in disguise?

At this moment, we are all witness to environmental degradation and widespread pollution. We are also witnessing the rapid disruption and alteration within our planet’s biosphere. The biosphere, which is very resilient, can absorb a finite amount of damage in a finite frame of time, but not an infinite amount. Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), global […]

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Support Dr. Brijesh Kumar Rai – Some battles are fought not to win but to tell the world that at least there was someone who was fighting.

Dr. Brijesh Rai stood against corruption done by authorities at IIT Guwahati. He raised his voice in front of the mighty. He fought a David vs Goliath battle. Today, he is being hunted by the authorities just for being moral and ethical. This is the time for all the research community to stand for this […]

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Gangetic dolphins facing noise pollution

India’s Ganga is a noisy river. There’s the churning of sediment, the hums, grunts and growls of fishes and turtles. There are the cacophonous stretches of cities and industries breathing and dumping their waste into the river. Then there’s the constant din of boats and ships, and the clamor of heavy machinery dredging the riverbed. […]

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GREAT Scholarships 2020 India

In collaboration with the UK’s GREAT Britain campaign, the British Council has launched Great Scholarships – 2020 over a broad range of subjects. This is a great opportunity for Indian students wishing to access a UK university education.  ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  Applicants must be Indian passport holders and resident in India at the time of application.  […]

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Develop time-bound action plans for critically polluted areas: MoEFCC tells state governments

With about 100 industrial clusters polluting air and water across the country, India’s environment ministry has called for proper environmental management of these clusters. To restore the environment quality of the identified critically and severely polluted areas, the ministry has asked the state governments to finalise time-bound action plans within three months.  The directive by the central […]

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This is how IIT Guwahati treat their research scholars.

A research scholar came out with complaints against his supervisor and wrote a letter to the PMO. The letter can be read here http://afflatus.co.in/a-letter-to-prime-minister-by-research-student/.  The letter contained a description of the callous behaviour of the supervisor. The harassment perpetrated by the supervisor in the form of verbal taunting and not giving the name of the […]

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Picking habits-Gene editing

I had been sitting on that bus for a bit too long now. My destination finally arrived and I got off the bus. Surprisingly the bus didn’t quite get off my mind. I could still hear the loud chatter of a family sitting behind my seat. They were talking in a dialect new to me, […]

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Women in Science – Igcla podcast ( Dr. Akshaya Pramod Meher )

This podcast was recorded at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. The views of the speaker are completely personal and are not linked to any organization. Dr. Akshaya Pramod Meher has Fellowship at DST-SERB N-PDF (April 2018) and DST INSPIRE Fellow for Ph.D. (2011-2016). She has been awarded the DST-DFG Award 2018 by the Department of Science […]

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Science Communication Podcast at IGCLA

This podcast was recorded at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. The views of the speaker are completely personal and are not linked to any organization. He is aPhD student at Clinic for Pediatric Kidney, Liver & Metabolic Diseases, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany. He has done his M.B.B.S. from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher […]

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Breast and human milk microbiome

Breastfeeding is a natural instinct of motherhood and breast milk is considered as the gold standard for providing young infants with the nutrition they need for healthy growth and development. It has been long recognized as important course associated with the mother and child care.  Breastfeeding is known to reduce the incidence of diabetes and breast and ovarian cancer […]

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Microbiome in the human ‘Cervicovagina’

Vagina is generally denigrated organ that is meant for only a channel for sperm entry, vaginal discharge during menstruation, and delivering babies. However, now studies indicate that this organ greatly affects the health of future generations as long-term features of a fetus are programmed in the womb itself. During a woman’s lifespan, the microbiome undergoes […]

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Research positions in the SERB sponsored research project ‘Probing New Physics Interactions’

Applications are invited for research positions in the SERB sponsored research project ‘Probing New Physics Interactions’ (CRG/2018/004889) with the following collaborators: • Bhattacharya, Satyaki (SINP)• Choudhury, Debajyoti (Dept of Phy & Astrophy DU)• Dahiya, Mamta (SGTBKC, DU)• Dutta, Sukanta (SGTBKC, DU), PI• Goyal, Ashok (Retd., DU)• Mondal, Tanumoy (Uppsala Univ. Sweden) Eligibility: Junior Research Fellow […]

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Indo-German convention of Lindau Alumni 2019

A unique international forum for multidisciplinary scientific exchange: IGCLA (Manipal) The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, an annual gathering of Nebel laureates in Germany, foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. Since 1951, the Lindau Meetings have evolved into a unique international forum for inspiring the next generation of leading scientists. India […]

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COESHA – A healthcare startup.

COESHA is a healthcare startup that is founded by an IIT Chennai graduate – Anup Kumar Bala and a 4th-year IISER Pune BS-MS student – Vikash Kumar. Although over the years we read a lot about IIT students getting into startups it is also very refreshing to see a science graduate embarking on the journey […]

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Understanding gravity by a physicist’s scientific way rather than HRD minister’s non-scientific way

This post has its origin in the recent statement by the Indian MHRD minister (this ministry controls and provides funds to most higher education institutions in India) that gravity was mentioned much before Newton in ancient Indian astronomical texts. Now while politicians have their ways of making statements that walk the thin line between truth […]

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Chevening Scholarships for 2020/2021 in the UK

Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university. Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on […]

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Agritech startups in India

India has entered that era where innovation is the word of the day. Almost as if in cohesion, the widespread emergence of start-ups has been the standout feature of this new era of ‘Make in India’. All sectors have been heavily impacted by this new wave of innovation. Agriculture is no different. The Indian economy […]

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The Water (Prevention and Control Of Pollution) Act 1974

The quality of water is affected by human activities and is declining due to the rise of urbanization, population growth, industrial production, climate change, and other factors. The resulting water pollution is a serious threat to the well-being of water of its rivers. The discharge of oxygen‐demanding substances, toxic wastes, and hot substances, suspended solids […]

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Making Bioplastics from Agro waste

In Italy’s ancient port city of Genoa, a laboratory table at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)  laden with green, brown and orange heaps of powder may remind one of Holi, India’s festival of colours. But this is a scene of cutting-edge research on crafting biodegradable plastics out of agro-waste, a component whose poor management in India is […]

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TRENTO (IT) UNIVERSITY offers 20 (+3) Ph.D. positions for the academic year 2019/2020.

The TRENTO (IT) UNIVERSITY offers 20 (+3) Ph.D. positions for the academic year 2019/2020.( https://www.unitn.it/en/ateneo/1940/announcement-of-selection ) In particular, four of them are devoted to specific subjects:Particle, astroparticle, nuclear, theoretical physics, related technologies and applications, including medical Physics, 4D tracking for space application with fast silicon detectors (LGAD) and are funded by INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics). […]

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Researchers of Delhi University brewing a movement to fight for their rights

Furthering the cause of Delhi University’s Research Scholars’ unfulfilled demands after two open house sessions, a symbolic demonstration was conducted at Arts Faculty, North Campus, Delhi University, cognizing the dissatisfactory response of Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, and the Administration et al. Abhishek Verma, a Ph.D. student told that the peaceful protest led by MPhil and […]

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Indonesia’s top court has rejected a challenge to a ban on single-use plastics on the island of Bali.

JAKARTA — A ban on single-use plastics on the Indonesian island of Bali will stay in place after the country’s top court rejected a challenge by the plastic-recycling industry. The Bali provincial government rolled out regulation last December calling for a prohibition on the use of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam, in an effort to […]

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Prof. Tarun Kumar Das met a delegation of six Research Scholars from different departments of DU to discuss their demands.

In order to create Delhi University (DU) a better space for research scholars. A delegation of research scholars met the Registrar of DU, Prof. Tarun Kumar Das. The step was taken after the signature campaign by Researchers Action Committee (RAC)-DU in support of the resolutions cum demand charters of 29 departments of DU having more […]

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Brief concepts of Aristotle’s philosophy

Abstract: Aristotle, one of the renowned Greek philosophers made a huge contribution for a good foundation of symbolic logic and scientific thinking to Western Philosophy in addition to making advancement in the field of “Metaphysics”. He was probably the first who was serious in “Virtue Ethics” theory. These contributions made him possibly the most important […]

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Socio-Legal analysis of drug abuse among juvenile delinquents

I am Neha Tanwar, from the Central University of Rajasthan. The topic of my research is, “Socio-Legal analysis of drug abuse among juvenile delinquents and impact of counseling in children homes and observation homes in Delhi Metropolitan”. This study seeks information towards the scenario of drug abuse among juvenile and role/impact of counseling. I am […]

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Ph.D. Harassment Story – My supervisor called me up in her chamber to let me know that she is “incompatible with me”.

To The Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta. Copies to: 1. Deputy Registrar (Acting), University of Calcutta. 2. Chairman, West Bengal Human Rights Commission, 3. Commissioner of Police, Kolkata Police. Dear Madam, With deep regret, I am informing you that a case of serious mental harassment has taken place concerning me at the Centre for High-Performance Computing […]

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DST-DAAD (Indo-German) Joint Research Collaboration

What are the aims of the programme? The basic aim of the programme is to strengthen the collaboration between Indian and German research groups, which are working jointly on a particular scientific project. The programme ’Project-based Personnel Exchange’ envisages, in this connection, financial support for operational mobility only. Particular emphasis is thereby accorded to academic […]

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Are image manipulation incidents going to hurt Indian Science and what kind of actions be taken against people involved in these incidents.

In the last one month, Indian science has seen the lowest of the lows it possibly can ever see. At least 10 science institutes and universities are found to have people who conducted malpractice in research in the form of image manipulation. More than 200 research papers with manipulated images are flagged on a website […]

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A letter to Prime Minister by a research student

This letter is written by a research scholar of IIT Guwahati, Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering showing the pathetic state of Indian research scholars, the letter is the sole propriety of the student.  Subject: Request for the intervention of the Most Honorable Prime Minister against the immoral actions of IIT Guwahati administration Dear Most Honorable […]

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Logical Sequence of Learning: Making science curriculum an adventure of curiosity – Part 2 (Assesment games)

Assessment Games! How to test the strength of knowledge at a given specific topic? Assessment Games! Each knowledge port has plenty of space to cater to learning games that can be re-played again to maintain strength. For example, progress in learning at Station-2 Mystery of Chemistry can be periodically tested by playing an atomic card memory […]

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2020-2021 Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

These fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Postdoctoral fellows will have access to some of the finest resources in their areas of interest and […]

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How Hitachi Ltd. is Saving Bees

Humankind has toyed with new technology and innovations in such a way that it has resulted in the destruction of the planet. Every day the seas are getting more polluted, the trees are being slaughtered and the wildlife is slowly moving towards extinction. One such species is that of a bee. Bee is very critical […]

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Top-rated Business Schools worldwide

After finishing graduation, every person has the same question on their tongues, ‘What next?’ It is a dilemma for people to decide whether to go for a job or opt for further education. And within the option of post-graduation, there are numerous branches and sub-branches that one can choose from. One such field of post-graduation […]

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Tesla’19: Innovations and challenges

Tesla is always known to be ahead of time with its class-apart advanced technologies and innovations in the automobile business. This company made it to the Top 10 list of the World’s most innovative companies in the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) 13th annual report. In fact, this was the only automobile and energy company among […]

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Book Review)

Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it. Cormac McCarthy, The Road There are books that entertain. There are stories that thrill. There are novels that give us that warm, fuzzy feeling. However, there are very few books that give us a lesson in perspective while depicting the farce that […]

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Polls are out – Students don’t support the “No paper Ph.D. recommendation”

According to current UGC regulations, a Ph.D. student is required to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before thesis submission. A four-member committee headed by Prof. P. Balaram has recommended that the mandatory requirement of a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal is not required for awarding the degree,”  Afflatus conducted a poll […]

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VIP² – Vienna International Postdoctoral Program

VIP2 is a three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that is open to candidates with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, engineering, computer science, and bioinformatics. VIP2 will have three international calls and recruit 45 fellows (15 in each call). Fellows will select the main research group and academic mentor according to their specific project and will be supported […]

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How 3D printing can make the world better

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects using a digital file. 3D printing is time-saving and uses less material than traditional approaches. 3D printed Prosthetics Engineers have been able to develop 3D printed prosthetics which are completely customized to wear. A traditional prosthetic hand can cost up to a thousand dollars […]

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The beauties of Plasma

When I tell you that my research is based on plasma, the question that immediately pops up in your mind is – O! Do your research on plasma TVs? Funnily, this question always makes me growl a bit in my hearts of hearts. I have studied Plasma Physics for about five years and Plasma science […]

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Fostering: A Critical Appraisal

Notably, nowadays, parents are realizing the need for education to elevate the lives of their children. They want to educate to see them become more sensible, successful and happy. However, it is often noticed that ‘parents’ trust foster care (sending their children to their brother’s, sister’s and any relative’s place) for their child’s education due […]

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Hyperloop

What can possibly be faster than bullet trains, safer than cars, environmentally friendly and cheaper than airplanes? Flying cars maybe. We are not in 2050 yet. But with Elon Musk’s growing inventions, flying cars will soon be a reality. For now, let’s talk about his latest ongoing project: HYPERLOOP  Coming out to be one of […]

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7 Reasons why we need Nuclear Energy

Asking about clean energy, we always ignore Nuclear Energy as a source of one of the cleanest fuels available on the planet. Let’s try to know these reasons. Nuclear Radiation is Devastating: The Little Boy and Fat Man attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively (during Second World War) are our only memories of Nuclear Radiation […]

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Packaging as a career choice

Ever imagined how your food travels from the farm, still fresh till your fork. How is the packaging decided for various products available in the market – be it consumer goods or sensitive pharma products to chemicals to heavy goods or processed food with a low shelf life? Packaging plays an important role in containing […]

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How Science can determine Human values

This article derives inspiration from the book, “The Moral Landscape: How science can determine human values”, written by neuroscientist Dr. Sam Harris. Quoting his general thesis” I am not suggesting that science can give us an evolutionary or neurobiological account of what people do in the name of “morality.” Nor am I merely saying that science […]

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Harnessing Clean Energy: Challenges Unaddressed

We all know that clean energy mainly consists of Renewables and nuclear energy. But these have their respective limitations. Our generations don’t have the luxury of time, as Climate Change is continuously impacting the world around us in a highly unpredictable manner. Technically, our civilization is at crossroads of either improving things on this planet […]

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Cancer: The Bigger, The Dangerous

We all know about the threat of cancer to human lives. Treating cancer is challenging because it is caused by the abnormality in the body’s own cell. These abnormality helps a cancer cell to grow indefinitely and migrate from its source to a different organ, thereby disturbing its functions. Advancement in cancer research over the […]

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Volkswagen – Freigeist Fellowships

Funded by Volkswagen Foundation   In brief Freigeist Fellowships support outstanding (junior) researchers who would like to conduct exceptional, high-risk research between established fields of research. They will assume the leadership of their own junior research group and receive the very broadest academic freedom for a clear time frame. The program consists of two funding […]

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Expressive Arts

A few weeks back, I got a chance to be a part of the Expressive Arts class. I thought that it will be an art class with all the techniques and I will bring back a masterpiece to hang on my walls. However, it was immensely different. It wasn’t limited to paint boxes and brushes […]

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Modi’s cloud cover theory proved India’s scientific minds are under “clouds” of danger

The prime minister, a few days back, suggested that radars don’t detect anything under cloud cover. Is India’s scientific mind being clouded by such raw “vision”? A fear that has been raised previously too, after he seemed to propagate mythological facts as scientific knowledge. Air Marshal A K Ahluwalia (retd.) categorically said Modi’s assertion that the […]

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The History and Working of Radar

RADAR short for Radio Detection and Ranging, Sir Robert Watson-Watt was the first person to develop a practical radar system and was granted a patent for Air Defence in April 1935. In the 1880s, German physicist Heinrich Hertz first produced and transmitted radio waves, which were a form of electromagnetic radiation. He noticed that some […]

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As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

This is not just an ordinary seed-crop reference. It means every action has a consequence. And this couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the situation which humanity finds itself in today. The giraffe is the latest animal to creep into the ‘Endangered Species’ list. Two giraffe subspecies have been listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by […]

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The Bayer Fellowship Program – Applications open from June 1 to July 14, 2019

The Bayer Fellowship Program targets students and apprentices in scientific and medical disciplines. Its goal is to support the next generation of researchers and teachers as they engage in “Science for a Better Life”. The Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support. Important requirements for the support: The project to […]

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Nanoparticles for sustainable agricultural practices

With the fast-developing nanotechnology, metal-based nanoparticles (NPs) production and application are increased significantly. Nanoparticles have emerged as a versatile platform, which could provide cost-effective, efficient and environmentally acceptable solutions to the global sustainability challenges facing society. Nanoparticles have a significant influence on the economy and the environment by improving both fertilizers and energy. So, these […]

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Plant for the Planet

Do you know that nearly all the plant’s species are autotrophs? They don’t need our support to grow, to prosper, and to protect us. But there’s a contradiction. The environmental degradation we are rampantly causing is not allowing them to blossom the way they could. If we support them by avoiding deforestation, avoiding unnecessary cutting […]

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Indian researcher named 2019 Beckmann Institute Graduate Fellow

The Beckmann Institute was opened in 1989 after a $40 million donation from Arnold Beckmann and his wife Mabel. The Beckmann institute encourages the research in interdisciplinary science and provides office and Lab space to Beckmann professors and recruits graduates from the University of Illinois. In 2019 The Beckmann Institute is celebrating its 30th year […]

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SERB Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship

SERB Overseas Postdoctoral fellowship (SERB-OPDF) aims to build national capacity in frontier areas of Science and Engineering, which are of interest to India by providing postdoctoral fellowship for a period of one year. The applicant should have completed PhD degree in science and engineering not earlier than the preceding two years from recognized institutions in […]

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Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowships

ELIGIBLITY The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund offers one Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship every year. It is open to scholars in every discipline – the sciences as well as the humanities – and also to categories of people not normally covered by existing schemes such as writers, journalists, artists and civil servants – for undertaking not only […]

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How technology is disrupting Academic Research

Technology is shrinking the boundaries of the world and democratizing the process of learning. It has the potential to provide equal opportunities and lower the cost of learning. Technology is disrupting the education sector front and center in a very positive way. Gone are the days of piled up research papers, delayed collaborations, and fear […]

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Earth Day Special

Very warm regards to everyone on the ‘World Earth Day’! On the very note, let’s talk about how to protect it. Can we assure any of the plants and animals around us that we are trying our best to keep this Earth intact? The previous commentaries I have made in this series attract our attention […]

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Raman-Charpak Fellowship for Ph.D. Students

The Raman-Charpak Fellowship is the only Indo-French bilateral Fellowship programme jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Service for Science and Technology (SST), French Embassy in India, Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs, Government of France. This programme implemented by the Indo French Centre for Promotion of […]

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I am a ‘Researcher’!! Whom shall I vote?

BJP released its manifesto as ‘Sankalp Patra’ and on the contrary Congress as ‘Hum Nibhayenge’. We do not know how determinant the ‘Sankalp’ will be and how much the other party will ‘deliver’. There are points related to poverty, employment, farmers, agriculture, terrorism, Kashmir, Ram-mandir, the opening of schools, institutions, etc but somehow science and […]

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A brief guide to choosing the right supervisor

Ph.D. is not just a degree, it is a lifetime experience for most students. A doctorate degree, whether in the field of science or engineering, empowers the student with various different skills. From presenting your research to a broader audience to publishing the research in prestigious journals, developing transferable skills to becoming an independent researcher. […]

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Capturing the Invisible

There’s an object out there that pushes physics as we know it to its breaking point. It possesses a gravity so strong, not even light can escape! It is an astronomical entity that has been studied by greats like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. It was a mere theory. All that changed on 10th of […]

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships – Call is open

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth, and investment by equipping researchers with the new knowledge, skills, and international and intersectoral exposure to fill the top positions of tomorrow and solve current and future societal challenges. The MSCA thrive by being open to all domains of research and innovation, chosen […]

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Works done to foster women in science : How humanities and science are interdependent on each other for setting up an equilibrium ?

A lot of works has been done to empower women in the field of science, using voluntary representation in technical lines or switching to print media . Women writers who spoke for the equality of the women helped a lot in drawing attention of the fellow women towards science, helping them efface their fear and […]

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Indian University Rankings 2019 by Research & Professional Practice (RPC) and Outreach & Inclusivity (OI)

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released the ranking of universities 2019 on the basis of overall performance, engineering, college, management, pharmacy, law, architecture medical. You can access all the ranking in the link below. https://www.nirfindia.org/Home Our team has analysed the performance of overall top 20 universities on the basis of RPC and OI. Research […]

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The Wrecks

She took’em all, big and small;Her bosom adorned with floating corpses. The men of the sea succumbed to her wills, Whilst the tempest raged and their vessel caved. The carrion was her’s to keep, A trophy for her winged children;10 moons later the wood washed ashore, A kingdom devoid of its beloved subjects. 100 moons later the wood turned to […]

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INDO-US FELLOWSHIP FOR WOMEN IN STEMM

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) jointly announce the “Indo-U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) with an aim to provide opportunities to Indian Women Scientists, Engineers & Technologists to undertake international collaborative research in premier institutions in U.S.A, to […]

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PhD: Review your ‘Supervisor’ before the literature review

Why PhD? Firstly one has the luxury of adding Dr. to his/her title which is amazing. It’s the highest level of academic achievement one can have. One has the opportunity to work with the exciting research team using cutting edge research techniques, have the opportunity to develop valuable therapeutics and skills in the respective area […]

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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making waves in a lot of sectors. AI is aimed to mimic human cognitive functions. The impact of AI in the field of healthcare can be huge. According to BGV the total public and private investment in the field of healthcare can reach up to $6.6 Billion by 2021. Moreover, Accenture predicts […]

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Adopting Minimalism for Environment

Our world is so surrounded with consumer products and services these days, that it prompts us every minute to buy something even if we don’t need it. This sort of behavior gives rise to consumerism. Consumerism is actually buying of commodities in excess of their usage/requirements, while the counter-concept is known as minimalism. Let’s understand […]

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The Sketch

The darker hues brought her to life,Charred remains when indecision was rife.She was none he knew,Another pencil stroke on white canvas.Soon but soon the eyes would stare,Far beyond than he’d care.He thought of glimmer and glitter:Anything to bring her closer to the world of men.But then something formed in the corner of her eye, Her soul […]

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Introduction and status of cryo-electron microscopy in India

Imagine seeing ribosomes in complex with mRNA, tuberculosis proteins secreting the virulence factors, and so forth. These long unanswered questions are now not only being understood but “seen”. The life and complex machineries associated with it has always perplexed scientists. Cryo-EM or popularly called cryo-electron microscopy now stands as a frontier in structural biology and […]

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Chemical Fertilizers in Agriculture

Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. When soil nutrients are missing or in short supply, plants suffer from nutrient deficiency and stop growing. When the nutrient level is too low, the plant cannot function properly and produce the food essential to nourish the worlds’ […]

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Are you Alone or are you Lonely?

You can be famous, rich and popular. Essentially, you can have money, fame, power, beauty, social skills, a great personality and you can still be lonely. And that’s because loneliness is part of biology. Hungers tells you to eat. What does loneliness tell you? It’s a sign of feeling rejected. Feeling excluded. Not feeling the social vibe of the group around you. It tells you that you need to connect with other people.

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Smart sensors in Agriculture

Sensors are devices that convert a change in stimuli into a signal. The signal is then recorded and then used accordingly. Sensor technology has been at the forefront of revolutionising a lot of industries. Sensors have a great potential to disrupt the old farming practices in a good way. Here are a few different types […]

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Fulbright Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Awards enable the most outstanding students, academics and professionals in India and the US to study, research and teach in the host country. There are three categories in which the awards are given Student awards to pursue a master’s degree or attend a U.S. university as a visiting student researcher Scholars and teacher awards for academics, […]

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The Monalisa of Rajasthan and Her Takatvala Powder

Among the major problems and Diseases that are hindering the growth of India, Anemia is one which is known to all. Despite multiple attempts by the government at improving the condition of anemia in india, the results are disappointing. More than 50 percent of India’s population, majority of them being girls and pregnant women, are anemic.

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Climate Change: The Fight and Urgency!

Let’s move back to the most asked question on the internet, “What’s Climate Change?” Before we jump to any conclusions about Climate Change, it is very important for us to understand the phenomenon ‘Global Warming’. When sunlight enters the Earth’s innermost atmospheric layer ‘the atmosphere’, the heat radiation of sunlight gets absorbed by a consortium […]

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Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme

The Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme is an initiative of British Counci, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT). The programme provides a placement to the India PhD scholars in a UK university. It is aimed at capacity building of individuals, increase cultural understanding and foster sustainable research collaborations. For the […]

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Hike in Research Fellowship: Why protesting research scholars’ community feel insulted and betrayed?

Research scholars’ community had been peacefully protesting across the country for months to demand a hike in fellowship that corresponds to  increase in registration fees, living cost, health expenditures and inflation. They were trying to make the government understand that “Science is driven by passion, Everything else requires money”. Their argument was clear, the money […]

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New possibilities in Smart textiles unlatched by Graphene

What are Smart Textiles? Smart textiles are wearable clothes with functionality attached with them. These textiles have to potential to communicate with other devices, act as sensors, and conduct energy and various other advantages. Wearable smart textiles were made by attaching electronic devices to the fabric which made them bulkier and susceptible to malfunctioning. The […]

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Weekly Science News

This is a video for weekly science news. The timeline of the news is from March 4 to 9, 2019. This is an information only video. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, a Deputy Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been named chief scientist at the WHO and much more in this week’s science news.

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Emerging role of elicitors in modulating abiotic stress

Plants as sessile organisms are continuously exposed to various stress (abiotic stresses and biotic stresses) that impose numerous detrimental effects and cause tremendous loss of yield. Adverse environmental factors such as drought, extreme temperatures, heavy metals and soil salinity are stressful for many agronomic traits. Each year, stresses on arable plants in different parts of […]

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Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology is given to Indian scientists for their outstanding work in Science and Technology. It is a yearly award given by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the citizens of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age […]

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Ethics of Do-it-yourself Gene Editing: What is the ‘Right’ Question?

In most simplistic words, Gene editing refers to process by which genetically inherent traits (one that transfer from one generation to another generation) of an organism can be fiddled around using natural enzymes. The sophisticated scientific tools involved in gene editing were largely out of general public reach because of the specialised training involved. But […]

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The Time Machine Already Invented

Since the beginning of human history, man has questioned origins and existence. Not just his own, but of everything he sees around him, like animals, the sky, water, air, etc. With progression in human technology, we have made huge breakthroughs in almost every field we have explored. There is one subject that continues to elude […]

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Why are we so afraid of Fukushima ?

Fukushima is a nuclear incident that changed the attitude of the whole world towards Nuclear energy. This series of articles is dedicated to the various myths surrounding nuclear energy. We will stepwise decode different myths related to Nuclear Power. We will also talk about the advantage of nuclear energy over other renewable and non-renewable sources […]

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The Breakthrough Prize

Breakthrough Prizes recognize the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to four per year), Fundamental Physics (one per year) and Mathematics (one per year). In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics and up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes are given […]

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Science for the people and, people for Science.

One of the very few Indian noble laureates Sir CV Raman made a path-breaking discovery on 28th February 1928 known as Raman Effect. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for Raman Effect in 1930. In 1986 the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) proposed the Government of India to celebrate 28th […]

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