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.
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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.
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.
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”.
Turning to geologic records to understand the hazards of tsunamis, the researchers from Centre for Earth Sciences observe that the last major tsunami to have visited the Indian shores is about 1000 years old.
A protein found in high levels in some cancer cells can be used for treating diseases caused by oxygen free radicals in the body, a recent study has found.
A probe to detect palladium, a metal used in pharmaceuticals and to control vehicular exhaust. High levels of palladium in the environment can affect human beings and other living organisms.
Made of polyethylene and graphene oxide, the membrane can possibly supplement the reverse osmosis (RO) based water purification systems that are in use today. The paper will be published in the international journal Materials Chemistry A.
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.
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.