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Snippets, May 23, 2017

Published on 22-May-2017
Similar: Cataracts, which form in the eyes, are made of the same soluble  proteins and water that are found in  the normal lenses of the eyes.  Photo credit: Victoria Roberts/NYT

What are cataracts made of and what causes them to form in the eyes? Cataracts are made of the same soluble...

Where harmony is at work

Published on 22-May-2017
Seven worlds in a line: A visualisation of the orbits of the seven planets  circling the star Trappist-1. Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech via NYT

In February, astronomers announced the discovery of a nearby star with seven Earth-size planets, and...

New path for drug development

Published on 22-May-2017
Evidence-based study: Understanding the complex biological responses of an organism is highly significant to improve the process of TB drug discovery. Representative Image

The 1960s was a decade that witnessed humans setting foot on the moon and a bloody war that changed the...

Snippets, May 16, 2017

Published on 15-May-2017
Advanced: A castle figurine made with a new 3D printing technique that uses fused silica glass. PHOTO CREDIT: NeptunLab/KIT via NYT

Glassmaking is one of the world's oldest arts. Ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians made glass glazes more than 5,000...

The molecule that controls neurogenesis

Published on 15-May-2017
Labyrinthine: The brain uses close to 100 billion neurons to perform several tasks per second.

The brain is perhaps one of the most complex machines that evolution has ever created and without a doubt...

Recovering ancient DNA from cave dirt

Published on 15-May-2017
New technique: Researchers have managed to isolate Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA from dirt alone, by sifting through teaspoons of clay and sand scraped from the floors of caves. Photo credit: The Russian Academy of Sciences/Sergei Zelensky via NYT

Sifting through teaspoons of clay and sand scraped from the floors of caves, German researchers have managed to isolate...

Machines that can smell illness

Published on 08-May-2017
BODY SCENT MATTERS Modern medical research confirms that the smell of someone's skin, breath  and bodily fluids can be suggestive of the illness.  PHOTO CREDIT: Viktor Koen/NYT

Blindfolded, would you know the smell of your mom, a lover or a co-worker? Not the smells of...

Applying swarm intelligence to study molecules

Published on 08-May-2017
CHALLENGING The swarm intelligence technique has been used to determine the global minimum potential energy point of a molecule. REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE

Can that line of ants on the wall, or the flock of flying birds help us decipher the properties...

Latest LHC anomaly points at possible new particle

Published on 08-May-2017
New elementary particle? Physicists are debating whether data from the LHCb, shown here, hints at a new particle, or is just a statistical artefact. PHOTO CREDIT: CERN

The latest in a series of anomalies spotted in five-year-old data from the Large Hadron ...

Why magnetic shield matters

Published on 01-May-2017
Line of defence: The strength of Earth's magnetic field is enough to deflect high energy particles from the solar wind and galactic cosmic rays away from the surface.

It was suggested at a recent workshop of the Planetary Science Division of NASA by Jim Green...

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Kumar Jugnauth...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Kumar Jugnauth...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi pays tributes to first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru...

Congress president Sonia Gandhi pays tributes to first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru...

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meeting the victims of Saharanpur caste violence at...

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meeting the victims of Saharanpur caste violence at...

A Policeman in action against stone pelters during violent clashes which erupt following the...

A Policeman in action against stone pelters during violent clashes which erupt following the...

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in New Delhi...

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in New Delhi...

Congress activists took out a rally in Kolkata on Saturday, demanding improvement in law and...

Congress activists took out a rally in Kolkata on Saturday, demanding improvement in law and...

Youth Congress organised Beef Festivals in front of Ernakulam BJP office in Kochi...

Youth Congress organised Beef Festivals in front of Ernakulam BJP office in Kochi...

Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama confer the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment from the Main Tibetan...

Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama confer the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment from the Main Tibetan...

The completely damaged house where two militants including a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen...

The completely damaged house where two militants including a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen...

A group of protesters who have blocked the road near the scene of a fierce gunbattle between...

A group of protesters who have blocked the road near the scene of a fierce gunbattle between...

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