Taking Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to aircrafts

A lot of noise has been created about waste generation and management - numerous campaigns, volunteering and even our very own Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. These efforts focus about the waste generated on land. But what happens to the waste generated on air? Two alumni from the Indian Institute of Science, Mohit Gupta and Darshan Seshagiri …

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Dr. Saptarshi Basu: Swarnajayanti Fellowship Awardee 2013-14

Dr. Saptarshi Basu, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), is an eminent researcher in the area of experimental thermal and fluid sciences. He has vast experience in various optical diagnostics techniques, such as laser-induced fluorescence, Rayleigh scattering and laser induced incandescence. His research focuses on …

IISc developing a microscope to simultaneously study surface features and material properties

The advancements in material technology have necessitated the development of sophisticated instruments to study materials at the scale of atoms and molecules. One such popular instrument is an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). It measures and controls the forces from the surface atoms of a substance- also called the sample. A spatial map of these regulated …

Dr. B. Ananthanarayan: Rustum Choksi Award for Excellence in Research – 2014

Balasubramanian Ananthanarayan, a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science and Chairman of the Centre for High Energy Physics, is one of the most prominent researchers in the field of elementary particle physics and field theory. He is currently working on improving the predictions of low energy and developing an effective theory of the standard …

Dr. Santanu Mukherjee: the synthesis of organic compounds

Over the last 50 years, the field of asymmetric catalysis in organic chemistry has been steadily gaining recognition. The 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to K. Barry Sharpless, Ryoji Noyori and William S. Knowles for their pioneering work in this area. A key contributor to this advancing field is Dr. Santanu Mukherjee, an …

Insights into how signalling proteins help tuberculosis bacteria fight stress

Even in today's health-conscious world, with the abundant availability of vaccines and antibiotics, tuberculosis is still among the top health emergencies faced across the globe. This is due to the fact that once infected, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the bacterium that causes the disease) can survive even under harsh conditions when there is limited supply of nutrients. …

Seeing is Believing – new framework to visualize cosmic filaments

An international team of researchers has proposed a framework for identifying, characterizing and visualizing cosmic filaments in the universe. The proposed framework would help astronomers identify and visualise the multi-scale structure of cosmic filaments in the universe, and examine their interaction with other cosmic structures. This collaborative effort consisted of professors and student researchers from …

Limestone growth in Himalayan caves- potential earthquake recorders

Nature has always been an inspiration to humans from the beginning of time.  Humans have worshipped, adored and learned numerous physical and philosophical lessons from nature. At the same time, nature can be extremely detrimental in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc. There are observatories, laboratories and dedicated resources to study these calamities and …

Indian students win international innovation challenge

Almost everyone, as a kid, has always been fascinated with sky and flying. But somewhere in between, that dream is forgotten and busy lives take over. However, even those who choose to pursue aerospace engineering as a career are eventually attracted by more lucrative opportunities in the other areas. In an attempt to reverse this …

A mobile based technology to improve newborn healthcare in rural areas

Engineers from the Indian Institute of Science have developed a system through which doctors can monitor the core body temperature of the newborns, on their mobile phones. This will go a long way in managing health complications arising out of a small dip in body temperature of the newborns. Newborns are really sensitive. Their normal …