Towards understanding childhood cataracts

Khandekar Jishan Bari(Graduate Student, TIFR Hyderabad) In 2013, researchers led by Siquan Zhu and Xu Ma published the results of a study that aimed to elucidate the genetic origin of cataracts in children. This study revealed a novel genetic mutation that alters one of the crystallin proteins in the eye lens. However, at that time, … Continue reading “Towards understanding childhood cataracts”

A star behind the crescent: Revisiting supernova explosions through prehistoric cave arts

Parswa Nath(Graduate Student, TIFR Hyderabad) A Supernova (dying star) is perhaps the most fascinating object in the universe.It is one of the most violent and energetic astronomical events which occurs during the final evolutionary phases of a massive star. A star stays ‘alive’ by maintaining a (hydrostatic) balance between the inward gravitational pull and the … Continue reading “A star behind the crescent: Revisiting supernova explosions through prehistoric cave arts”

Electrochemical synthesis of ammonia: A carbon free fuel

Anku Guha(Graduate Student, TIFR Hyderabad) By the middle of this century, it is estimated that the world’s population shall touch the 9.8 billion mark. This will result in increased requirements of both energy and food. For energy, we are mostly dependent on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gases, the reserves of which … Continue reading “Electrochemical synthesis of ammonia: A carbon free fuel”

In conversation with Ipsa Jain

Science careers are no longer restricted to conventional faculty roles. This welcome change is largely being fueled by a group of science professionals who chose to tread the unbeaten path. Ipsa Jain has been instrumental in contributing to the growing visibility of one such career – science illustration – especially for aspiring science illustrators in … Continue reading “In conversation with Ipsa Jain”