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    Rapid Urbanisation and Deforestation are Warming up the State of Odisha, finds study

    It is no secret that the planet's temperature is increasing. If it continues unabated, India will be among one of the worst-hit countries with frequent floods and droughts. Most parts of Northern India faced severe heatwave with temperatures reaching record highs and killing hundreds in 2019. On the contrary, torrential rains lashed Mumbai and Pune,...

    • 3 days ago
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    Now, a simple blood test to monitor cancer

    The world of cancer is a fast-paced one, where the disease progresses rapidly, and to catch up with it, the field of cancer therapeutics-treatments, medicines and diagnostics tests-evolve each day. From computer tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to biopsies, surgeries and personalised drugs, treating and monitoring cancer today, although easier, is more expensive than ever. At...

    • 4 days ago
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    Ramblings in a waiting wonderland

    The walls were as quiet as ever. Warmth and protection radiated from them, but all went in vain against Ourelia's boredom. She had been counting the days, as patiently as someone could, for the past 14 years. Every day presented the meticulous, yet mechanically planned, cellular routine in the same way. She would tend to the daily tasks by nibbling on the required nutrients and oxygen. She would then move...

    • 7 days ago
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    A Computational Model of the Bladder

    Electrical phenomena governing the urine retaining muscles is key to understanding Urinary Incontinence We have all felt it-the uncomfortable feeling in our nether regions that has us heading to the nearest washroom to empty our bladder. While many of us can hold it until we reach a toilet, those with urinary incontinence, or the inability to prevent the leakage of urine from the bladder, face a severe...

    • a week ago
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    Drifting continents created monsoon and arid regions in Asia, Africa and Australia, says a recent study

    It's the monsoon season in India, and while you sip your chai and enjoy the beauty of rains, have you wondered why we have torrential monsoon rains in India but not in other parts of the world, like Europe? The South Asian summer monsoon, which brings rains to most parts of India, is one of the several monsoon systems in the world,...

    • a week ago
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    Mining the Treasures of Twitterverse

    Researchers develop a search system to extract meaningful data from live social media posts Ever tried searching 'goal' or 'kick' on Twitter during the interval of a football world cup match? You were probably trying to find out who scored the goal on a penalty kick in the first half, and chances are that search results also have content about life goals and a kick from coffee! Numerous...

    • a week ago
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    Researchers discover a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats, name it after Karnataka's coast

    It was business as usual in Pune's Agharkar Research Institute when in 2015, Dr G Ramachandra Rao, an Assistant Professor at MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Bengaluru, approached Dr Ritesh Kumar Choudhary, a scientist at the institute. He held out a few samples of a grass-like plant with tiny flowers that he had collected from...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Too heavy a burden? Onus of farm labour on women may be contributing to malnourishment in India, says study

    It's 5 a.m. in a remote village in Koraput district of Odisha. Sima Paroja joins other Paroja women as they walk towards their fields. Like other summer days, today's schedule looks frantic; they have their tasks lined up-transplant paddy, harvest millet and pluck vegetables. The fields look lush green with nutrition-packed...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Floating plastics: Nothing to be buoyant about

    Study details how floating plastic debris can affect physical processes in the oceans One of the finalist entries of the 2017 Natural History Museum Wild Photographer of the Year contest was Justin Hofman's Sewage Surfer. The photograph captured a small seahorse, anchored on a pink earbud, drifting in the waters of Sumbara Island in Indonesia. Although the photographed seahorse looked pretty,...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    IISc researchers use mathematics to crack down on drug-resistant hepatitis C virus

    Hepatitis A, B and C are a group of diseases affecting the liver and causing inflammation. Nearly 71 million people worldwide are affected by chronic hepatitis C, leading to around 4 lakh deaths annually. The blood-borne hepatitis C (HCV) virus infects the liver causing irreversible damage, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Unless treated, the infection can...

    • 2 weeks ago

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