To observe clouds and rain processes in the region, a High Altitude Cloud Physics Observatory has been established at Munnar in Kerala. The observatory will help understand rainfall distribution and rainfall processes in a way useful for  prediction of monsoon rainfall, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth...
Scientists have discovered presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals in Indian offshore. Scientists at the Geological survey of India have discovered lime mud, phosphate-rich and calcareous sediments, hydrocarbons, metalliferous deposits off the coasts of Mangaluru, Chennai, Mannar Basin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadweep. High-resolution seabed...
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and US-based drug company Johnson & Johnson have agreed to work together to develop innovative new treatments for tuberculosis. Scientists from Johnson & Johnson and CSIR’s Chandigarh based arm IMTECH will work together for evolving a potentially more effective, safer, all-oral treatment...
A new study finds that 35 to 40 per cent Indians carry a set of genetic variations that creates high risk of heart diseases in them. The study published in Journal of Biological Chemistry said that 'CHGA promoter haplotype2' variant in the Chromogranin A (CHGA) gene may cause such high...
When present in the lowest atmospheric layer – the troposphere, 8-14 kilometers above earth – ozone becomes a concern for human and plant health. Wikimedia Divya Pandey,, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of...
China is reviving its 2.2-billion-yuan (US$331-million) China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) in Dongguan which will produce intense neutron beams to study the structure of materials. With this, China will be in the selected group of countries such as United Kingdom, United States, Japan and Switzerland, that has this facility. Sweden...
A new study has found reasons for skin colour variations among people, how the genes responsible traveled around the world, and that why skin colour can not be used to classify humans. The study traced back dark skin of some Pacific Islanders and and some of the mutations responsible for lighter...
Mosquitoes have started developing resistance to topical repellents. Shutterstock Walter Focke, University of Pretoria; Mthokozisi Sibanda, University of Pretoria, and Taneshka Kruger, University of Pretoria Long-lasting insecticide treated nets and indoor spraying are the main malaria vector control interventions recommended by the World Health Organisation. Both target mosquitoes that feed indoors. The challenge...
Three US scientists have won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the inner workings of our biological clocks. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young will share the prize, for finding out how plants, animals and humans synchronize their biological rhythm with...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Two of the main species of the malaria parasite arrived in the American continent after successive migratory waves and genetic crossbreeding of parasite lineages from Africa, South Asia and Western Pacific. Using blood samples from people infected with two Plasmodium parasite species (P. falciparum and...

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