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    Insights from Optics for Better Thermoelectric Devices

    New design in thermoelectric devices can increase both output power and efficiency A significant problem in electronic devices is the generation of heat during their operation. This phenomenon not only leads to the wastage of electric power but can also damage the device. Thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity and vice versa, can be used to turn the generated heat back...

    • 3 days ago
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    IISc team building indigenous ventilator prototype for COVID-19 patients

    A ventilator can be a life-saver for patients whose lungs are damaged by the COVID-19 infection. But India, like all countries grappling with this pandemic, is likely to face a large shortage of ventilators. Manufacturers are unable to source key components such as sensors and flow controllers from abroad due to the current disruptions in global supply chains. To address...

    • 4 days ago
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    Statistics and the non-scientist: The need for communicating uncertainty

    In an earlier episode of The Joy of Science Shambhavi Chidambaram spoke to Professor Shravan Vasishth about, among other things, the joy of psycholinguistics. In this interview, Professor Vasishth talks in detail about teaching statistics and the need to understand uncertainty both to students and the general public. He is the author of "Shravan Vasishth's...

    • 6 days ago
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    C-CAMP, UNHIE and Social Alpha come together to push forward COVID-19 innovations for immediate deployment

    As COVID-19 pandemic marches on in India with over 800 positive cases and 19 deaths at the time of this article, there is an urgent need for deploying out-of-the-box innovations that can help curb this menace. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms or C-CAMP, India's premier biosciences innovation hub and one of the largest...

    • a week ago
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    Understanding pain, virtually

    A computer based model of neurons in the urinary bladder One of the hardest things to do is resisting the urge to urinate. Our brain receives signals from the bladder that it is full, and directs our action to empty the bladder. While science tells us that holding a full bladder is unhealthy, we still wait to relieve ourselves. However, individuals suffering from a range of bladder disorders, like bladder...

    • a week ago
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    The urgency for social distancing in India: Lessons to learn from Past and Present

    Written by: Jyoti Sharma1 and S. K. Varshney2, Senior Scientist1 and Head2, International Bilateral Cooperation Division, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (under International Health Regulations...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Here's what scientists aim to gain from Aditya-L1, India's first mission to the Sun

    In 2008, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced Aditya-1, India's first solar mission to study the Sun. This ambitious endeavour, with various indigenously-developed instruments onboard, holds much promise for our scientific community as they expect to unravel the mysteries of our closest star, the Sun. Now renamed as Aditya L1, the data...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Chickpea's trick can help mustard fight fungi

    India is the third-largest producer of mustard and rapeseed, with an annual production of 8.5 million tonnes in 2018. About 70% of the crop is cultivated in five states - Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. The moist and foggy weather in winter is conducive for fungi to infect the mustard crop, which needs about 90 to 145 days to be ready for harvest. One such fungus is...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    The Joy Of Science: The Journey of a Psycholinguist

    In this episode of The Joy of Science, Shambhavi Chidambaram speaks to Professor Shravan Vasishth, an Indian-origin professor of psycholinguistics at the University of Potsdam in Germany. In addition to his research, Prof Vasishth is an author of two interesting blogs-" Shravan Vasishth's Slog ", where he talks about statistics, and "Things People Say", a moving...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    Numbers mean strength, in a dog's world too

    Study finds dogs interact with humans with higher confidence when they are in groups In a human-dominated world, animals deserve praise for having devised grand strategies to survive. Unlike some of us, who fuss about their mere existence, animals change their natural behaviour in the presence of humans. Studies have shown that monkeys have developed unique gestures to communicate with us, and...

    • 3 weeks ago

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