Umashankar Mishra

Journalist, Writer & Columnist, Reporting Science, Technology, Health, Education, Language, Agriculture, environment and rural development. Tweets are personal.

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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Low soil moisture posing threat in most river basins

Factors like temperature, rainfall and soil moisture affect distribution and growth of vegetation. A study of these factors has shown that forest and croplands in two-thirds of river basins across India do not have the potential to...

Researchers at IIT developed Braille laptop for visually impaired

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi have developed a Braille laptop called DotBook, which can be useful for the visually impaired. The laptop has got important conventional applications such as email, calculator, and web browser. Third...

Researchers developed Lotus-inspired biodegradable water repellent material

A water-repelling, biodegradable material inspired by lotus leaves has been developed by a joint team of researchers from India, Switzerland, and Italy. Super-hydrophobic or water repellent materials are used in various industrial and other applications, such as healthcare,...

Genetic study reveals presence of rare sub-species of Hog Deer

Indian scientists have discovered the presence of a sub-species of hog deer (Axis porcinus annamiticus) in India. This endangered sub-species was earlier believed to be confined to the eastern part of central Thailand. Researchers at Wildlife Institute of...

Scientists find genomic regions that decide zinc density in wheat 

Scientists have identified regions in the wheat genome responsible for the concentration of zinc in wheat grain. They have also identified candidate genes involved in zinc concentration in wheat. The findings can potentially help in developing wheat...

Sikkim gets IoT based real-time landslide warning system

A real-time landslide warning system has been set up in the Sikkim-Darjeeling belt of the north-eastern Himalayas which is highly vulnerable to landslides. This system can help save lives and loss to property by issuing advance alerts. The...