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Synthetic biology tackles global anti-venom shortage

Published on 02-May-2016
The snakes produce only small amounts with each bite and are hard to raise in captivity.

When the medical charity Doctors Without Borders called the worldwide shortage of snake anti-venom a public health crisis last September...

The dangers of polypharmacy

Published on 02-May-2016
risky Combining prescription and over-the-counter drugs could prove  dangerous. illustration by Joyce Hesselberth/NYt

Though researchers have warned for years about the potential hazards of polypharmacy, it continues to rise in all age groups...

Looking at the path of Mercury

Published on 02-May-2016
planet sightings A diagram of the nodes of Mercury, which explains its transits; (below) the transit paths.

As we look forward to the transit of Mercury on May 9, B S Shylaja explains the phenomenon...

Exercise during pregnancy leads to exercise-loving offspring?

Published on 25-Apr-2016

Mice born to mothers that run during their pregnancies grow up to be rodents that love to run as adults...

New 'tree of life' unveiled

Published on 25-Apr-2016
new branches Scientists are trying to classify the new organisms they have identified in the laboratory. representative image

Researchers have developed a way to add a vast majority of single-celled organisms to a new tree of life...

Scattered across the universe

Published on 25-Apr-2016
present everywhere Many large galaxies are found to have supermassive black holes lurking in their core. representative IMAGE

A rare merger of two massive black holes has unleashed a burst of gravitational wave energy....

Parasites make good guests, too

Published on 19-Apr-2016
Let live: Some researchers argue that thinking of internal species as enemies, and eradicating them, is a potentially harmful mistake. PHOTO by Christopher Silas Neal/The New York Times

Aggressive medicine may endanger captive animals by removing parasites that help their immune systems develop normally...

What a leak at nuclear power plants means

Published on 19-Apr-2016
HOW IT WORKS: File picture of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tirunalveli, used for representative purpose. PTI

In the wake of the recent leak at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat, MSS Murthy explains the danger levels of such incidents...

Recognising the artifice in artificial intelligence

Published on 18-Apr-2016

Nearly 20 years ago, after a chess-playing computer called Deep Blue beat the world grandmaster Garry Kasparov...

Living factories of the future

Published on 11-Apr-2016
assemblers Japanese company Spiber Inc. has reprogrammed bacteria to make spider silk, which is being used to make clothing. (CREDIT: Spiber Inc.)

This feat is a prime example of synthetic biology, in which scientists reprogramme cells to replicate products found ...

Photo Gallery
Lightning strikes across the sky above homes in south Walla Walla, Wash., Wednesday, May 4, 2016...

Lightning strikes across the sky above homes in south Walla Walla, Wash., Wednesday, May 4, 2016...

Labourers thrash paddy crop in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad...

Labourers thrash paddy crop in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad...

A youth blocks a road during a public curfew called by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit...

A youth blocks a road during a public curfew called by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit...

A security person with a sniffer dog inspect two crude bombs recovered near a polling boot...

A security person with a sniffer dog inspect two crude bombs recovered near a polling boot...

Students celebrate their success after announcement of ICSE board results in Patna on Friday...

Students celebrate their success after announcement of ICSE board results in Patna on Friday...

BSF men take out a march ahead of Assembly elections in Kozhikode on Friday...

BSF men take out a march ahead of Assembly elections in Kozhikode on Friday...

A collapsed pandal at Simhastha Mahakumbha Mela in Ujjain on Friday, a day after thunderstorm...

A collapsed pandal at Simhastha Mahakumbha Mela in Ujjain on Friday, a day after thunderstorm...

Jadavpur University Students chasing the car of film director Vivek Agnihotri to show him black...

Jadavpur University Students chasing the car of film director Vivek Agnihotri to show him black...

A Bicycle rider are struggle to move in water logged road at K R Circle during the heavy rain in...

A Bicycle rider are struggle to move in water logged road at K R Circle during the heavy rain in...

Mumbai Indians stars Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma at Etihad...

Mumbai Indians stars Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma at Etihad...