Indian scientists develop new material to help conserve energy efficiently

A new material that can efficiently convert waste heat to electricity has been developed, a team of Indian scientists said on Tuesday. The team at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru (an autonomous institution under the Department of Science & Technology), in a new paper, showcased the new Thermoelectric (TE) material which shows the properties of both glass and metal.

Leaky blood vessels behind Long Covid-linked brain fog, says study

In a major discovery, a team of scientists discovered disruption to the blood vessels in the brains of patients suffering from Long Covid and ‘brain fog’. The team from Trinity College Dublin showed that this blood vessel “leakiness” was able to objectively distinguish those patients with brain fog and cognitive decline compared to patients suffering from Long Covid but not with brain fog.

US-made spacecraft makes first lunar landing in over 50 years

The Odysseus lunar lander, nicknamed “Odie” or IM-1, has become the first US-made spacecraft to touch down on the moon in 50 years. With this, Intuitive Machines (IM) — the commercial venture behind the Nova-C lander — has become the first private venture to carry out a successful landing on the lunar surface. This marks the first American soft landing on the lunar surface since the Apollo era in 1972.

India develops next-gen meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS, set to launch on Feb 17

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will put into orbit its next-generation meteorological satellite INSAT-3DS on February 17 at 5.30 p.m. with the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket, the space agency said on Thursday. The GSLV rocket, now in its 16th mission, will put INSAT-3DS into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. Subsequent orbit-raising maneuvers will ensure that the satellite is positioned in a Geo-Stationary Orbit.

Indian scientists harness plant cells to produce anti-cancer drug

Scientists at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) at Madras and Mandi have metabolically engineered the plant cells of Nothapodytes nimmoniana to increase the production of Camptothecin, which is used to treat cancer. Using computational tools, researchers at IIT Madras’ Plant Cell Technology Lab developed a genome-scale metabolic model for N. nimmoniana plant cells.

Scientists claim gene-editing tool to reverse autism symptoms

A team of Chinese scientists has claimed to have developed a new gene editing shot that in a mice study ‘reversed’ autism symptoms. Autism, formally called autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism spectrum condition (ASC), is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by deficits in social communication and social interaction, and repetitive or restricted patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.

India-US Climate Partnership- Reading the Tea Leaves Again

Let me begin by saying that this was never a partnership of equals. Take a look at these overlaid images shown below. For starters, look at the chart. It is based on over 270 years of data summarized by the Global Carbon Project. Over 1.4 billion humans in the subcontinent, 18% of the global population, have only accounted for 3% of the cumulative carbon emissions produced from fossil fuels and industry since 1750.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson lands in India to strengthen ISRO relationship

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson touched down in India on Tuesday, expressing his enthusiasm for a week of meetings and events aimed at strengthening the partnership between NASA and ISRO. He emphasized that India is a leader in space and is looking forward to a productive visit. “Touchdown in India! Ready to embark on a week of engaging meetings and events to grow @NASA’s partnership with @isro. India is a leader in space and we’re looking forward to a productive visit,” Nelson said in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Albany, Oregon woman fights OCD, seizures with personalised brain implant

An Albany, Oregon woman has become the first in the world to benefit from a single stimulator implanted in the brain to effectively control two life-altering conditions: seizures caused by epilepsy and compulsive behaviour caused by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Amber Pearson, 34, said her seizures are under better control, but the relief from her psychiatric condition is profound. “OCD is worse than having seizures. Epilepsy brings limitations to my life, but OCD controlled it,” said Pearson.

Biden honors Indian American scientists Subra Suresh and Ashok Gadgil with National Medals

President Joe Biden has honored two Indian American scientists — Subra Suresh and Ashok Gadgil — with National Medals for their pioneering contributions in the fields of science and technology innovation at a ceremony in White House. “We’re determined to return great science to America,” Biden said in remarks at the ceremony in the House’s East Room on Tuesday.

Seven student teams to represent India at NASA’s rover challenge 2024

Seven Indian student teams including three high school groups will participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) 2024 in the US. The teams are from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, Goa Campus; Candor International School, Bengaluru; Kanakia International School, Mumbai; KIET Group of Institutions, Delhi-NCR; Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh; Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai; and Young Mind Research and Development, Faridabad.

India among countries with highest stroke risk in young age: Lancet

India is among countries in Asia, along with some in Africa, with the highest risk of stroke among the younger population, according to a global burden of stroke report published in the Lancet Neurology journal. The report showed that stroke could cause nearly 10 million deaths annually by 2050, mostly in low-middle income countries (LMICs), and cost up to $2 trillion per year.

Indian-origin pharma researcher in Cincinnati leads study of imaging tech to diagnose lung infections

A study led by an Indian-origin researcher of University of Cincinnati looks to develop a new imaging technique that can identify certain types of lung infections in order to speed up treatment for critically ill patients. According to Nalinikanth Kotagiri, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the UC James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, imaging has the potential to identify specific lung infections in real time — instead of taking two to three days.