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Malaria-Parasite Hijacks Mosquito Gut Microbiota and Immunity

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May 9, 2021

Mosquitoes suffer because of Plasmodium, the malarial parasite. The parasite undermines the normal gut microbiota and weakens its immune system, makes it ill. Probiotics for mosquitoes may reduce malarial transmission, say researchers

Why don’t ants have traffic jams?

Army ants are blind. Yet a few thousands of them behave coherently to create large scale patterns of fast paced raids. Physicists from IIT Kanpur investigate the biosocial phenomenon.

Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

Why are people getting reinfected after CO||VID-19? Will the vaccine protect you from infection? A review by scientists in JNCASR Bengaluru will soon answer such questions.

The Wettest Place on Earth: Rainfall Shifts in the North-East

While examining the rainfall data from the North-East, Indian meteorologists discover that the wettest place on the earth has shifted from Cherrapunji to Mawsynram. What could be the reason? Read on.

Ashwagandha: Wait for winter or grow in lab?

Ashwagandha sown in winter produces more active ingredients, say scientists from CIMAP Lucknow. Why waste time, produce more active ingredients by hairy root culture, say researchers from Tamilnadu.

Nanotechnology: boosting rice germination and growth

Germination capacity and seedling growth of basmati rice tend reduce with age. Shadma Afzal and Nand K Singh from NIT Allahabad show how easy it is to surmount the problem by priming seeds with iron nanoparticles.

Hypertension: Reasons for missed appointments

India now has a system to bring down the death rates of cardiovascular diseases by monitoring the registered hypertensives,. Yet the patients miss their regular appointments. Why? Bidisha Das from the WHO country office investigates.

Priming Rice Seeds for Productivity

Researchers from IIT Kharagpur delved into bacterial endophytes that help improve the health, growth and productivity of rice. They have come up with nine species from four bacterial genera for priming rice seeds to improve productivity.

Groundwater Quality Assessment: Udhampur District

As Udhampur district is becoming more urbanised, the groundwater resources may become unsustainable and contaminated. Researchers from the University of Kashmir draw a baseline for monitoring groundwater quality.

LIGO overcomes seismic noise

LIGO can detect gravitational waves caused by celestial events millions of kilometres away. But quakes caused by events a few kilometres under the earth can mess up the results. Read on to see how scientists overcame the problem.

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