Embryo Transfer Technology

Embryo transfer technology (ETT) has revolutionized the breeding strategies in Bovines as a tool to optimize the genetic improvement in cattle. Department of Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in co-operation with 12 States has undertaken a Mass Embryo Transfer programme in Indigenous Breeds under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Read More …

Nobel-winning team spots merging neutron stars

Background: The LIGO-VIRGO collaboration, three members of which won this year’s physics Nobel Prize, strikes again, this time, to detect the merger of two neutron stars — extremely dense, massive but tiny, objects. What is more striking is that gamma rays bursting from the event were observed by nearly 70 ground Read More …

Science is the cornerstone for progress of mankind

Crux from the PIB-Address by the Vice President on India International Science Festival – 2017 Fodder Points for Mains/Essay: Science is the cornerstone for the progress of mankind. Scientific inventions have revolutionized the world and shaped every aspect of the modern life. Indians have made significant contribution to the field of science Read More …

India International Science Festival 2017

The third edition of India IISF 2017 is being held at Chennai during 13th – 16th October 2017 and National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO-NIOT) is the main coordinator.  The theme of the Science Festival is “Science for New India”. Science & Technology Ministers’ Conclave: The event is hosted as Read More …

Common genetic variants for skin colour in Indians found

A study of nearly 300 people living in different parts of India found that nine single-base variants (single-nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs) account for 31% variation in the colour of the skin. Researchers tested 30 SNPs that were earlier studied for skin colour in other parts of the world. Based on Read More …

Does India need a bullet train?

Background: India is having the third largest railway network in the world, in terms of kilometres of track and the number of passengers who travel, still it does not have a single high-speed corridor. There are 15 countries worldwide in the exclusive high-speed rail fraternity. Mankind’s fascination with speed is legendary. The Read More …

The rhythm of life: on the Nobel Prize in Medicine

Introduction: It is particularly revealing that two of the three Nobel Prizes for the sciences announced this year have been linked to time. While the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to a trio of physicists for their work in the detection of gravitational waves emanating from the recesses of the space-time Read More …

Antibiotic resistance can be passed between bacteria found in the soil

Antibiotic resistance can be passed between bacteria found in the soil, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found. Researchers from North Carolina State University in the US studied antibiotic resistance and how it can persist and spread among food animals, humans and the environment they all share. The study Read More …