In the intriguing world of Science Gallery Bengaluru’s exhibition, CARBON, an ongoing experiment by researchers from the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, broadly relates to the question of the origins of life from non-living sub-components. Jīvāṇu, as this exhibit is named, is a replicative study based on a previous study by Indian researchers to determine whether simple chemicals can form the building blocks of life, thereby giving rise to a precursor of living cells.
Masks are one of our simplest, cheapest and most effective allies in the war against COVID-19. In this article, Madhuri looks back at the hundred-year-old history of using masks to prevent plagues and pandemics and the science behind what makes them so strategically important as a public health tool.
Aravindhan Vivekanandhan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of Madras. In this opinion piece, he discusses the damaging consequences that may result when analogies turn into claims and pseudoscientific statements are put forward in national scientific forums.
Sankar Adhya from NIH, speaking at a special session on 100 years of phage discovery, gives a historical overview of “the discoveries and personalities in bacteriophage research”.
Bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, were discovered a 100 years ago. Aswin Sai Narain Seshasayee writes about the initial discovery and some of the conflicts surrounding it.
Repurposed World War II-era buildings give a glimpse into India's scientific history. The old hydrogen plant at IISc, is today used for eminently peaceful purposes—supplying idlis and dosas to hungry campus-dwellers.