Category: SciTech

Scientists develop natural material for faster blood clotting

Dr Swati Subodh New Delhi: Excessive blood loss due to injury may result in serious medical complications and, in extreme situations, even death. The problem could be severe in case of patients with impaired blood clotting capacity such as in hemophilia. To address this challenge, Indian scientists have developed a nature-inspired biomaterial with enhanced blood

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Seven defining S&T contributions that have impacted every Indian

Dinesh C Sharma New Delhi: As India completes 70 years of its independence, it is time to introspect at the contribution of science and technology to national development. Several scientific and technological developments have touched the lives of common people in the last seven decades, though limelight is often hogged by achievements in fields like space

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Mega science projects: India poised to join league of global scientific leaders

Dr T V Venkateswaran New Delhi: Shedding its hesitant and cautious approach of the past with regard to participating in global mega science projects, India has taken bold steps in recent years to join international scientific quests. The Science Technology and Innovation policy of 2013 envisages positioning India among the top five global scientific powers

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Indian scientists resurrect World War era drug to fight malaria

Jyoti Singh New Delhi: A neglected and old anti-parasitic drug used during the World War II is emerging as a new weapon in the fight against malaria as malaria parasite becomes resistant to currently available drugs. A group of Indian researchers have resurrected acriflavine or ACF which was used as an anti-parasite drug in the

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Electricity from water tech ready for takeoff

Dr. T.V.Venkateswaran and Jyoti Singh New Delhi: It was like a dream come true. One year ago, scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in New Delhi demonstrated that it was possible to generate electricity from water – at room temperature and without the need for any external energy. The innovation is now ready for next stage

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New way to grow sandal trees could boost production

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan In recent years, production of sandalwood has dwindled while the demand has been going up. Production has dropped from 4000 tonnes in the 1950s to 500 tonnes a year, mainly due to indiscriminate felling of trees. New Delhi: Cultivation of sandalwood trees could get a boost with Indian researchers figuring out how sandal

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in chicken, sprouts

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: A study in Mumbai has detected antibiotic resistant bacteria in commonly consumed food items like raw chicken and sprouted beans. Scientists have isolated bacteria resistant to antibiotics from food products available in the market. Consumption of such items could make people resistant to drugs and make treatment of infections with antibiotics

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Recycling is the answer to India’s water woes

Dr T.V. Venkateshwaran and Jyoti Singh New Delhi: The per capita availability of water in India is going down progressively and the situation may become precarious unless the country takes measures like recycling of water in an organized manner, a leading water expert has warned. The average annual per capita availability of water which stood

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Indian scientists develop new approach to combat TB

Dr Swati Subodh New Delhi: A group of Indian scientists have identified molecules which are effective in inhibiting the growth of tuberculosis-causing bacteria – Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The molecules target an important gene, IdeR, which is essential for the survival of the bacteria. This development could lead to new drugs against TB in future. “We have

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Awareness alone not enough to address lifestyle diseases

Dr. Shikha T Malik New Delhi: Indian kids have reasonable knowledge about lifestyle diseases and their risk factors, but this knowledge does not translate into preventive action, a new study has revealed. For instance, adolescent children know that unhealthy food is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) yet they indulge in eating junk food

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It will be possible to diagnose liver fibrosis from blood samples

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: Doctors have long been using biopsy to diagnose liver fibrosis. A new study says it may be possible to diagnose the liver disease with a blood test in future. Researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, working in collaboration with Justus Liebig University, Giessen in Germany,

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Indian astronomers discover supermega river of galaxies, name it Saraswati

T V Venkateswaran New Delh: A team of Indian astronomers has identified a cosmic behemoth – a supercluster of galaxies – about 4 billion light-years away from us. The new discovery has been named Saraswati – which in Sanskrit literally means ‘ever-flowing stream with many pools’. The supercluster spans over 650 million light years in

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Here’s why some cancer cells can survive radiation

Dr Swati Subodh New Delhi: A major concern in cancer treatment is the tendency of some cancer cells becoming resistant to radiation therapy. Indian scientists have now deciphered how such resistance develops in cervical cancer cells, and claim that these cells can be made sensitive to radiation if treated with curcumin – a compound found

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New add-on therapy found effective in clearing TB bacteria

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: Indian scientists have found a new way to improve efficacy of existing TB treatment in patients reporting relapse of the disease after treatment. The new add-on therapy consists of injecting ‘heat-killed’ bacteria of a species called Mycobacterium indicuspranii (MIP) into patients along with standard TB drugs. The approach has been tested

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