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

New AI system gives robots ability to visualize objects using touch

We, the human beings, can easily tell how an object looks like by simply touching it, all thanks to our sense of touch, which...

What triggers the Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia, a severe mental illness, in which patients decipher reality strangely or let's say abnormally. For them, the world is a cluster of confusing...

Feathers came millions of years before birds

Birds are famous for their colorful feathers, which they use to fly, flirt, and keep warm. But have you ever imagined, what came first,...

A droplet walks into an electric field

In many physical processes, including cloud electrification, electrospray, and demulsification, droplets and bubbles are exposed to electric fields and may either remain whole or...

“Virtual Biopsy” accurately detects skin tumors in 15 minutes

A Rutgers University scientists have developed a new "virtual biopsy" device that can quickly determine a skin lesion’s depth and potential malignancy without using...

The effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day

Finding the perfect time to exercise is as much about personal preference as it is physiology. Exercise is supposed to feel good—but if muscles...

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My articles

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...