Tamil Nadu researchers show chronic exposure to commonly used insecticide causes diabetes

A study by scientists at Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu, India, has found evidence that long-term exposure to organophosphate insecticides induces diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance in both mice and humans. The researchers found that organophosphates-induced diabetes was mediated by gut bacteria. The results were published in the journal Genome Biology. A survey of around … Continue reading Tamil Nadu researchers show chronic exposure to commonly used insecticide causes diabetes

JNU researchers show highly pungent capsicum varieties have higher antioxidant property

A team of Indian researchers from the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and other institutions has successfully decoded the molecular basis of extreme fiery hot (pungency) property of Bhut jolokia (Capsicum chinense) which is native of northeast India; Bhut jolokia has the highest pungency level in the world. In the study, many varieties belonging … Continue reading JNU researchers show highly pungent capsicum varieties have higher antioxidant property

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

India’s white list to curb researchers from publishing in predatory journals

In a bid to tackle the growing menace of researchers publishing in predatory journals, the University Grants Commission notified on January 10 a list of journals in different disciplines where researcher scholars and teachers can publish their papers. Only papers published in the approved journals will be recognised at the time of recruitment and for granting … Continue reading India’s white list to curb researchers from publishing in predatory journals

India should show sustained commitment to science: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

In an hour-long interview, Nobel Laureate Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, who called the Indian Science Congress a “circus”, discussed the implications of some of the Indian government policies on science and technology. He summarily rejects the idea of scientists needing permission from directors before discussing the results of a public-funded, published … Continue reading India should show sustained commitment to science: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

A hand-held, 20 cents paper centrifuge can revolutionise global health

Manu Prakash, Stanford University professor who had earlier built the less than a dollar foldscope — a paper microscope that can be used for diagnosing blood-borne diseases such as malaria, African sleeping sickness and Chagas — has now developed another ultra-low cost device that can revolutionise public health. The human-powered paper centrifuge, which can attain … Continue reading A hand-held, 20 cents paper centrifuge can revolutionise global health