TIFR desalinates seawater without using electricity

TIFR researchers have produced gold nanoparticles that can absorb sunlight over the entire visible region and even the near infrared light. They used such gold nanoparticles to absorb energy from sunlight to be able to desalinate seawater to produce drinking water. The gold nanoparticles can also be used for converting carbon dioxide to methane more … Continue reading TIFR desalinates seawater without using electricity

‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

MHRD has called for a meeting of all seven IISER directors to discuss the merits of tenure track system and alternative systems for evaluating the performance of new faculty members before they are made permanent. The directors have been asked to send their views prior to the meeting. A meeting of all seven directors of … Continue reading ‘Tenure track system: Incentivising performance better than making insecurity as a model’

TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

In a surprising discovery, TIFR researchers have found a novel function for serotonin — generation of new mitochondria in neurons, increased cellular respiration and ATP production. The team found that serotonin reduces reactive oxygen species, thus providing neuroprotection against cellular stress. In a surprising discovery, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Mumbai … Continue reading TIFR researchers discover a novel function of serotonin

NBRC researchers uncover how damaged neurons recover function

In C. elegans, the functional recovery of the damaged neurons happens only when proximal axons successfully fuse with their distal counterparts. A team led by Dr. Anindya Ghosh-Roy from the National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon, found that the ability to regenerate neurons gets reduced with age as the fusion is not complete. The work raises hopes … Continue reading NBRC researchers uncover how damaged neurons recover function

Indian scientists to gain as India becomes Associate member state of CERN

India became an Associate member of CERN on January 16, 2017 with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016. On November 21, 2016, Dr. Sekhar Basu, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) … Continue reading Indian scientists to gain as India becomes Associate member state of CERN

TIFR’s landmark discovery challenges the theory of superconductivity

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai have made a landmark discovery that challenges the conventional understanding of superconductivity. A team led by Dr. S. Ramakrishnan of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences at TIFR has discovered bismuth semi-metal in bulk form becoming a superconductor when the temperature is … Continue reading TIFR’s landmark discovery challenges the theory of superconductivity

Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

With the successful launch of the space observatory, Astrosat, the Indian Space Research Organisation has put India in a select group of countries that have a space telescope to study celestial objects and processes. The ability to simultaneously study a wide variety of wavelengths — visible light, ultraviolet and X-ray (both low- and high-energy) bands … Continue reading Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

TIFR: star sound discovered?

An experimental work by a team of researchers at the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) may have led to the discovery of the sound of stars. The results were published recently in the journal Physical Review Letters . In a table-top experiment, scientists at TIFR were able to produce a very hot (millions … Continue reading TIFR: star sound discovered?

What ails Indian science?

“Getting funding [for research] is easy in India,” said Dr. Mathai Joseph “because there is no competition here. Money is not scarce [though R&D spending is less than 1 per cent of GDP]. But money comes with the same bureaucratic restrictions that apply to all government expenditure.” Dr. Joseph is a computer scientist and a … Continue reading What ails Indian science?