Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

science journalist, secular, love music

Recent articles

Designing a puncture-proof tire

A design that balances puncture-free strength with the elasticity needed for a comfortable, shock-free ride.

Ultra-thin and ultra-flexible touchscreens

Nano-thin flexible touchscreens could be printed like a newspaper.

The hottest exoplanet KELT-9b

Even molecules are torn to shreds.

Securing data transfer across optical fiber networks

Realizing a future quantum network.

Sound of a mummy heard again for the first time in 3,000 years

The sound of a mummified priest has been heard for the first time in 3,000 years, thanks to ingenious research by a team of academics.

Scientists created snake venom without snakes

Creating lab-based antivenoms and developing new venom-based treatments.


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TrueNet: Indian diagnostic test for disease such as TB

In a significant development, the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme has included an Indian molecular assay as an initial test for detecting the disease and for identifying resistant strains of the TB bacteria. 

New system to promote wound healing

Scientists at the Department of Biotechnology’s Thiruvananthapuram-based Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology have developed a new system that promises to improve the delivery of growth factors to help in healing wounds.  Wound...

New method to study insect muscles developed

Much like birds, insects exhibit remarkably variable and versatile flights. Fruit flies, for instance, achieve wing beat frequencies of approximately 200 Hertz. A subset of muscles in insect thoraces called `indirect flight muscles’ power beating...

New biomaterial can address microbial infections on medical implants

Researchers at Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have identified a new biomaterial to prevent microbial infections on medical implants like urethral catheters. Studies have shown that around 70–80% of hospital-acquired infections are due to the use of...

Scientists find new dimension to dynamics of Indian Ocean

Indian scientists have discovered a hitherto unknown effect of the tropical weather phenomenon known as Madden-Julian Oscillation, which plays an important role in determining the fate of Indian summer monsoon. The Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is an eastward moving...

New study may help address drug resistant pneumococcal diseases

Indian researchers have identified three drug target sites in the genome of Streptococcus pneumoniae, paving the way for developing newer drugs to treat Pneumococcal diseases. In recent years, Streptococcus pneumoniae has rapidly acquired resistance to several available drugs....

Scientists created a method to produce designer hydrogels

A team of scientists at the Bengaluru-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) has developed a new technique that promises to produce hydrogels that could be used for a variety of applications like cleaning of...