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New wine in new bottle: A new surveillance technology for wildlife monitoring

Imagine a surveillance technology, like a CCTV, that can tell you the shape, height, distance and speed of an object, in an instant. Scientists at Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have realized this goal at a staggeringly economical price. The study was recently published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Journal.

Blend of polymers and nanostructures that kills bacteria in drinking water

Researchers from the IISc have developed a new way to design thin, porous membranes that can be used for water filtration. By carefully mixing two polymers, and adding some nanostructures, they obtained membranes with ultra small holes in it. They have also shown that these membranes are more efficient in killing the bacteria commonly found in drinking water.

Why some high-tech start-ups win over others

Starting up, especially in the field of high technology, is a fraught business. Entrepreneurs heading high-tech start-ups deal with plenty of uncertainty and risk. But what is the difference between high-tech start-ups that survive their fledgling years, and the many others that crash and burn? In other words, what sets apart an entrepreneur who fails from one whose high-tech start-up survives all the initial turbulence?

What influences venture capitalist funding in India?

The performance of the Indian economy with respect to other developed economies influences how venture capitalist (VC) firms invest their money, finds a new study. The reputation and the performance of the Venture Capital firm also influenced its success in the emerging ecosystem. In order to attract venture capitalist funding from other countries, the study recommends that Indian firms should come up with more start-up deals through incubators and accelerators at universities and corporate setups.

A device that can potentially improve battery performance

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science have developed a device that could lead to better batteries. The devices, called the ‘supercapacitor’, can store a lot of charge, be charged/discharged quickly and withstand many charge/discharge cycles. More work is needed to make it ready for the market, but the basic design is ready.

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.

How open are enterprises to new technologies?

Small and medium enterprises in India, especially those in the manufacturing sector, absorb new technologies when they want to rise above the competition, finds a new study from IISc. Improving quality, customer demand and scale expansion are the main motivations for these enterprises to adopt new technologies.

Reducing aircraft noise and improving airconditioning

A new “nozzle”, a device used in aeroplanes, can reduce the noise levels in our airports and boost the performance of aeroplane engines. Developed at the Indian Institute of Science, these nozzles also have potential applications in next generation eco-friendly refrigerators and fuel cells.