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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.

Learning from insect social networks

Insects like honeybees and ants live in groups that constantly communicate with each other. In fact, communication networks in some insect groups have been successfully compared to artificial technological information transfer networks. Drawing parallels between such highly coordinated processes in living organisms and their artificial counterparts, a team of scientists from IISc, IISER-Kolkatta and BITS-Pilani, seek a better understanding of network communication, to improve the existing information processing networks.

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.

Preventing bacterial growth on implants

A major problem with implanted devices is that bacteria grow on them, resulting in infections. A new method to deal with some infections, by applying a small electric field that prevents bacterial growth, has been devised and tested on bacterial cultures outside the body.

Peering into the obscure world of glass

Did you know the rigid glass covering your window, is liquid on the inside? This mysterious property of glass – its internal structure resembling a liquid – has puzzled scientists for more than half a century. “Knowing the secret behind the formation of glass can help us design glass more scientifically”, said Prof Ajay Sood from IISc, an author of the paper.

Finding the grey in protein synthesis

There is a tendency of describing biology in black and white but the cells exploit all shades of grey between the two limits of black and white. Researchers at IISc, Bangalore have thrown light on what can be called a grey area in the field of protein synthesis. A vital mystery in the mechanism that makes proteins has been solved.

CRACKED! - New insights into how glasses break

Professors U. Ramamurty and R. Narasimhan at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have been looking into this and identified the mechanisms for both ductile and brittle glasses through detailed experiments, complemented with computer simulations and careful autopsy of fractured surfaces.