Rodents to the Rescue

The small mouse has enabled giant leaps in biology research   Claudius Galen (129-199 CE), a prominent physician in ancient Greece, obsessively studied anatomy – the science of how our bodies are structured and how our organs function. Since the ruling Roman government prohibited working with human cadavers, he dissected animals instead, to gain knowledge. […]

The ‘I’ in Team

Self-organisation is the emergence of order in an initially disordered system and is observed from microscopic to astronomical levels   Spiral galaxies. Honey bees. Proteus mirabilis, the urinary-tract-infection-causing bacteria. What do they all have in common? A phenomenon called self-organisation. It transcends scale – from the formation of galaxies to the arrangement of lipids in […]

Expanding the Material-verse

Researchers at IISc are using novel technologies to add to existing materials and to understand material properties   About 2.5 million years ago, our ancestors discovered that striking two pieces of rock against each other produces rough edges and stone chips that could be used to break animal bones and scoop flesh off carcasses. And […]

To Boldly See What No One Has Seen Before

From simple combinations of lenses, microscopes have evolved into complex tools giving us unparalleled insight into cellular secrets   January 1665 saw the publication of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia. The beautiful illustrations of fleas, flies and other insects in it gave humanity an insight into the sheer beauty of the hitherto unobserved world of small creatures. […]

Brick by Brick

A behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of an empty space into a full-fledged research lab   Setting up a new lab can be an exhilarating episode in the career of a faculty member. But it can also be a long and arduous journey, one that needs fellow travellers — often this caravan includes graduate students, […]

The Social Dimension of Science

Pankaj Sekhsaria is an associate professor at the Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas at IIT Bombay. In October 2020, he gave a talk based on his book Nanoscale: Society’s Deep Impact on Science, Technology and Innovation in India as part of Paraspar, a lecture series organised by the Office of Communications at IISc. […]

Tech That, COVID-19

IISc researchers and industry partners have developed software tools driven by AI that can complement the healthcare system in fighting COVID-19   The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease we know as COVID-19, has kept us occupied through the first half of 2020. It is the first pandemic in a hundred years, affecting nearly every […]