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What makes Mangalyaan such a feat?

Imagine your car has been idling for 6 months. If at all it starts, would it feel smooth? Last week, ISRO scientists punched in a few lines of code from Bangalore, and millions of kilometers away, Mangalyaan engines roared to life.

A two-drug cocktail for breast cancer

A “two drug cocktail” that can curb the growth of breast cancers has been developed at IISc. The drugs have been developed to target two cancer causing proteins, which have been found to make breast cancers more aggressive. The two drugs have been tested in mice, and two labs at IISc are working on developing versions that can be used in human trials.

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.

An insight into IISc’s past: making the impossible possible

Prof. Vijayan has been examining the structure of molecules that are found in living systems all his life. After playing a role in deciphering the structure of insulin at Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin’s lab at Oxford, Prof. Vijayan was “the first trained protein crystallographer to return to India, to the IISc”.

Nanotechnology in India: current status and future prospects

One possible means of bridging the gap between India’s abundant, varied natural resources and her ever-increasing requirements like clean water, food and rapid, low cost diagnostic machinery is the use of nanotechnology, write Arindam Ghosh and Yamuna Krishnan in the international journal Nature Nanotechnology.

A new “biomaterial” for diagnostics and tissue implants

Biomaterials are used in devices that interact with the human body during diagnostic procedures and surgery, and in tissue implants. A new biomaterial that is elastic, conducts electricity and supports living cells was fabricated at IISc recently. It has promising applications in robotics and medicine. The article is published online in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.