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Past Hydrology of the Chautang Channel: dating geomorphological events

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February 12, 2019

Archaeologists have come to a consensus that many societies from the Harappan civilisation seemingly thrived along the palaeochannels of the present Ghaggar and Chautang rivers that once existed east of the Indus. Though there have been claims of associations between these palaeo-river systems and the scriptural rivers, the Saraswati and the Drishadvati, there hasn’t been… Read More ›

Kali Jeeri for Psoriasis?

Scientists from the CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Himachal Pradesh and the the Punjabi University suggest a solution for psoriasis.

From the Frying Pan into the Engine? Cooking up biodiesel from waste oil

Producing biodiesel from waste cooking oil leads to raw glycerol as a by-product. The environmental concerns about the by-product is a deterrent to using waste oil as a raw material for biofuel. Scientists from Gujarat now have a solution that is music to restaurant chain owners.

Scientists Cotton on: Reducing noise inside vehicles  

A R Mohanti and Sneha Singh from IIT Kharagpur gives tips on reducing the aerodynamic noise of the air-conditioning units in vehicles.

Water and hydrogen sulphide: Similarities in bonding

Oxygen and sulphur are found in the same column in the periodic table. But when they bond with hydrogen to form water or hydrogen sulphide, they seemed to have different properties. Now E Arunan from IISc explains why

Particulate Matter Matters: How five cities breathe

Atmospheric pollution by particulate matter of 2.5 microns higher in North Indian cities, say researchers. Out of five metros Delhi has the most suffocating air.

Arrest that Biofilm! Starring the Spider Lily

The beach spider lily, Hymenocallis littoralis, has medicinal benefits. It has anti-viral properties and is useful in tumour or cancer cases. It also inhibits biofilm formation – important in overcoming pathogens. Biofilms make cells impermeable to antimicrobials and can cause antibiotic resistance. However, we lack studies on the active compounds that inhibit biofilm formation. Last… Read More ›

Targeting Malaria: Nutrient nanoparticles carry the drug

Out of the four species of malarial parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, is most deadly. Nearly one million people die, every year, from P. falciparum infections. When the parasite enters red blood cells, it ingests their haemoglobin and deposits it in a digestive vacuole. Here, hemoglobin is broken down to heme and peptides. While peptides are useful to… Read More ›

Mapping Kerala’s mangoes: MangoDB

If you plant a seed from a tasty mango, it does not necessarily give you a tree that produces tasty fruits. That is because of extensive cross pollination in mango. This cross pollination itself is the basis of large genetic variability of mango seen in India. Interestingly, our country is the centre of origin as… Read More ›

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