Umashankar Mishra

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New tool to make web browsing easier for the visually impaired

Scientists at the University of Waterloo, in collaboration with Microsoft and the University of Washington, have developed a new tool called Voice Exploration, Retrieval,...

Substance in brown coal can help combat viruses

A novel approach leveraging the combination of high-resolution mass spectrometry and chemoinformatics to identify biologically active molecular components of humic substances extracted from coal, and discovered substances with antiviral activity against the tick-borne encephalitis virus.

Lab-based dark energy experiment narrows search options for elusive force

An experiment to test a popular theory of dark energy has found no evidence of new forces, placing strong constraints on related theories.

How chronic liver diseases cause molecular changes in the brain?

Scientists found that molecular changes affect the brain as early as the second week of liver disease. And yet, the rats have minimal symptoms of the disease.

Using wall street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure

To stay aware of the consistent growth in demand, cloud providers spend a huge number of dollars expanding the limit of their wide-area spines...

Moisturizers may be turning your skin into ‘Swiss Cheese’

Researchers explain why some lotions do more harm than good.


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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...