Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

science journalist, secular, love music

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A novel tool to probe the fundamental matter

A novel experimental approach by which these rich phenomena can be studied.

Americans prefer to drive themselves to work rather than autonomous vehicle

People considered a ride-hailing service at least 13% “less expensive.

Age-old debate on Saturn’s rings reignited

A study that dates the rings as most likely to have formed early in the solar system.

New microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

A new generation of two-tailed bots powered by skeletal muscle tissue stimulated by on-board motor neurons.

Study discovers a clear climatic signature on rivers globally

The global scale that there are distinct differences in river long profile shapes across climate zones.

Measuring ethanol’s deadly twin, Methanol

A portable and affordable measuring device that can distinguish methanol from potable alcohol.

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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....

Correction pen is new tool to make cheap diagnostic kits

The humble correction pen used to mask typos in printed or written text is all set to assume a new avatar. It could soon become an important component in the fabrication of paper-based diagnostic kits. Paper is becoming...

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...