Kollegala Sharma

I love to talk, read and write about science. A science communicator for 35 years has dabbled in writing, radio, classroom teaching and translation of science

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New tool to make web browsing easier for the visually impaired

Scientists at the University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Microsoft and the University of Washington, have developed a new tool called Voice Exploration, Retrieval,...

Substance in brown coal can help combat viruses

A novel approach leveraging the combination of high-resolution mass spectrometry and chemoinformatics to identify biologically active molecular components of humic substances extracted from coal, and discovered substances with antiviral activity against the tick-borne encephalitis virus.

Lab-based dark energy experiment narrows search options for elusive force

An experiment to test a popular theory of dark energy has found no evidence of new forces, placing strong constraints on related theories.

How chronic liver diseases cause molecular changes in the brain?

Scientists found that molecular changes affect the brain as early as the second week of liver disease. And yet, the rats have minimal symptoms of the disease.

Using wall street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure

To stay aware of the consistent growth in demand, cloud providers spend a huge number of dollars expanding the limit of their wide-area spines...

Moisturizers may be turning your skin into ‘Swiss Cheese’

Researchers explain why some lotions do more harm than good.

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DNA test suggests mussel pest on Cochin coast to be invasive foreigner

Marine biologists at the Cochin University of Science and Technology have found that a heavily fouling mussel growing in backwaters of Cochin harbour could be a foreigner species. Comparing the genome of the mussel with an international genetic...

New invasive weed spotted in Karnataka

Plant scientists have sounded an alarm over a new weed that has been spotted in parts of Karnataka. The plant, identified as Ethulia gracilis Delile, is growing wildly as a weed in several places of Belagavi district of...

Scientists tweak anti-cancer drug to make it more effective

Cancer drugs are generally toxic and result in serious side effects in patients. A group of Indian researchers has now redesigned one such drug to get new chemicals which themselves may be potential anti-cancer and anti-bacterial drugs. The...

New algorithm may help heart patients in remote areas

There is some good news for heart patients in remote places. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-Hyderabad) have developed a new algorithm that promises to help transmit heart parameters even on a low-bandwidth network...

Day temperature, not day light, influences beans flowering: study

Sem beans is a commonly grown and consumed vegetable in many parts of the country. It grows and flowers mostly in winter months. Agriculture scientists have now figured out factors that drive this pattern of flowering in...

Scientists take a cue from lotus leaf to make protein measuring device

Scientists are looking for cues from nature to solve complex research problems such as filling up microwells with biological molecules or microorganisms. Researchers at the mechanical engineering division of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, have used lotus...