Detecting RNA virus in saliva samples using Raman Spectroscopy

Researchers at the Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre have used Raman Spectroscopy to detect RNA viruses present in saliva samples. It is a proof-of-concept study to analyse non-infectious RNA viruses using conventional Raman Spectroscopy without using any additional reagent to enhance the signal. If Israel developed a spectroscopy-based one-minute breathe analyser to detect coronavirus, a team … Continue reading Detecting RNA virus in saliva samples using Raman Spectroscopy

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Easy way to tell if the foil used in Thanjavur painting is gold or fake

By turning to Raman spectroscopy, a non-destructive tool, a researcher at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi has found an easy way to check if the gold foil used in Thanjavur paintings is genuine or not. Currently, there is no regulatory mechanism in place to check the quality of gold used in Thanjavur paintings despite the … Continue reading Easy way to tell if the foil used in Thanjavur painting is gold or fake

National portal to share research equipment, facility to be launched soon

CeNSE at IISc, Bengaluru will soon launch a national portal that has details of all government-funded research equipment and facilities available at academic institutions and organisations in India. Researchers from even colleges can now book, pay and use any equipment available in any research lab or organisation. The initiative will at least minimise duplication of … Continue reading National portal to share research equipment, facility to be launched soon