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Archive for December 2015

Crocs sex ratio under scientists scrutiny

Hyderabad: The future of crocodiles lies on how warm the surroundings are, for environmental factors decide the sex of all crocodile species. With global warming becoming a hard reality and the hatchery at the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) closed since 1989, research at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) is being closely followed by the scientific community…

Read more: http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/2015-12-30/Crocs-sex-ratio-under-scientists-scrutiny–196502

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December 30, 2015 at 9:48 am

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Indian scientists discover three bacterial clusters

28 December 2015

Three clusters of bacteria which have no phylogenetic relationship to any other bacteria have been discovered serendipitously by Indian scientists.

The discovery happened during LOHAFEX (Loha means iron in Hindi while Fex is an acronym for fertilisation) experiment in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, which was aimed at increasing CO{-2}sequestration through ocean iron fertilisation as part of studies on global warming mitigation. Though a group of German scientists were also part of the experiment, the discovery was made by Indian scientists, according to one of the investigators and former Scientist of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Dr. S. Shivaji…

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-educationplus/indian-scientists-discover-three-bacterial-clusters/article8034849.ece

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December 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

Posted in CCMB, Uncategorized

CSIR’s alternative to odd-even: Work from home Wednesdays

New Delhi: Ahead of Delhi’s proposed implementation of the odd-even scheme for cars plying on the city’s roads to control the alarming levels of pollution, an institute under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has proposed an alternative solution to combat vehicular pollution.

National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) proposed a virtual attendance at work and school (VAWS) scheme under which the third day of the week, Wednesday, would be a work-from-home day with two regular work days before and after…

Read more: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Atl64zFZqqevp9vKhhD8IJ/CSIRs-alternative-to-oddeven-Work-from-home-Wednesdays.html

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December 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Posted in NISTADS, Uncategorized

Parkinson’s disease: IICT develops predictive marker

Scientists from CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology here have developed a predictive marker that helps in identifying Parkinson’s disease at an early stage and could prevent its progression through therapeutics.

In a bid to find a prognostic marker, the scientists were trying to understand the disease progression. In the process, they observed that the appearance of new isoforms (a different form of the same protein) of alpha synuclein protein in the brain and their expression have been correlated with the onset of the disease and its progression, Principal Scientist at IICT’s Centre for Chemical Biology Shasi Vardhan Kalivendi said on Wednesday…

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/parkinsons-disease-iict-develops-predictive-marker/article8023350.ece

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December 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

Posted in IICT, Uncategorized

CSIR’s proposal to combat Delhi’s pollution

A mid-week work-from-home, rather than licence-plate policing, may be the solution to Delhi’s pollution crisis, suggests the policy arm of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India’s largest chain of publicly-funded research labs.

The Delhi government’s plan to impose restrictions on private car usage, to check air pollution, may be harder to implement and less effective than implementing a mid-week reprieve wherein, instead of commuting to work and school, employees and students could work and study from home for a day, according to the CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)…

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/csir-proposes-alternative-to-delhis-oddeven-plan/article8024750.ece

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December 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

Posted in NISTADS, Uncategorized

Work from home one day a week, says CSIR

Even as the Delhi government readies to introduce the odd-even plan for cars to check pollution from January 1, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) proposes an alternative plan — get students and parents to study and work from home on a designated day in the middle of the week.

The rationale of the National Institute of Science Technology And Development Studies (NISTADS), a CSIR body, is that pollution in Delhi tends to accumulate through the week and so, a mid-week halt — for instance, Wednesday — would halt the build-up and make the air more breathable…

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/work-from-home-one-day-a-week-says-csir/article8026278.ece

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December 27, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Posted in NISTADS, Uncategorized

India maintains scientific edge despite static funding

Researchers in India are increasingly authoring articles published in ‘high-quality scientific publications’ despite continued stagnation in Indian government spending for research, according to a new Nature Index analytics report.

In 2014, India ranked 13th globally in the number of papers published in top journals, with a ‘weighted fractional count’ of 921.8 articles, up nearly 8% from 2012. Noting that India has a ‘historic love affair with chemistry’, the report says half of India’s index rating comes from chemistry papers.

Read more: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/12/india-science-research-funding

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December 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

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