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

Recent articles

A nano-electronic circuit that vibrates itself

A simple nano-device can generate motion directly from an electrical current.

Unlocking a 140-year-old secret mystery in physics

Unlocking the physical characteristics of semiconductors in much greater detail.

NASA’s LRO performed second flyby over Vikram’s landing site

Continuing effort to locate Vikram lander.

Scientists have first 3-D view of life’s processes in liquid

The world's first nanoscale CAT scan in a liquid environment.

Slower walkers have older brains

Retrospective analysis shows the slower walkers could have been identified at age 3.

Drinking tea has significant impact on brain efficiency

The researchers recruited healthy older participants into two groups according to their history of drinking tea frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role of tea drinking on brain organization.

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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...