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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Reconstructing English words from neural signals

Using a brain-computer interface, a team of researchers has reconstructed English words from the brain activity of rhesus macaques that listened as the words were spoken.

Astronomers discovered most distant galaxy ever

The light from MAMBO-9 traveled about 13 billion years to reach ALMA’s antennas.

This brain circuit is responsible for regulating alcohol consumption

Discovery could lead to a better understanding of why some casual drinkers develop an alcohol use disorder.

Scientists found a killer electron hot spot in Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts

JAXA and NASA satellite observations show where killer electrons are generated in the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth.

Evidence for more dark-matter-deficient dwarf galaxies found

Scientists identified 19 dwarf galaxies with less dark matter.

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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...