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Peering into the hardware that makes our minds tick

One of the hallmarks of the human body is our nervous system, which helps us sense our surroundings and carry out complicated activities. The nervous system is made of millions of neurons. Studying them can provide insight into normal bodily function, disorders and a holy grail of research: how the human brain functions.

Nanowires to combat cell damage and ageing in humans

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science have found that nanowires made of vanadia can reduce cell damage in the human body. This discovery can help develop drugs that prevent ageing, cardiac disorders, and several neurological problems like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Vanadium oxide or vanadia is a form of vanadium, an element found close to titanium on the periodic table.

How much energy is consumed while producing building materials?

Of the building materials used in India, aluminium and burnt clay bricks are among the most energy intensive, finds a recent study. The study has developed a framework for assessing the energy consumed during production of building materials, in an attempt to quantifying energy expenditures from buildings.

VoW! A technology to warp voice

A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have come up with a new technology that can ensure fine synchronisation between lip movement and video for voice dubbing applications in movies. Called ‘Voice Warping,’ (in short, VoW) the technology can do many other things as well: from helping you learn a new language or Carnatic music lessons, to making radio/television advertisements cheaper. It is developed by Prof. Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula who heads the Spectrum Lab at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore.

Malaria diagnosis to the doorstep

A handheld device that can detect malaria in less than 30 minutes has won the ‘Best Innovator’s Pitch’ award at the recently concluded Innovation Centre Stage event held in Delhi. The award is given by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Government of India.

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