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C R E D IT : P A L L A V A B A G L A BANGALORE, INDIA—At a gleaming new facility here in India’s biomedical research hub, chemists and Ayurvedic practitioners are teaming up to breathe new life—and instill scientifi c rigor—into an ancient art of healing. At the $10 million Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (IAIM), several dozen researchers(More)
NEW DELHI—Are Himalayan glaciers beating a rapid retreat in the face of global warming? That would seem to be the case, according to a flurry of recent reports by BBC and other mass media. But the picture is more complex—and poses scientific puzzles, according to a review of satellite and ground measurements released by India’s Ministry of Environment and(More)
NEW DELHI—In 2000, when Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath was appointed director of the National Brain Research Centre in Gurgaon, the neuroscientist made history. Ravindranath became the first woman to lead any of the 65 institutes under India’s Ministry of Science and Technology—and today she is one of only two women who have broken the ministry’s glass ceiling.(More)
See the full postings and more at NEW DELHI—The improper disposal of a derelict gamma-ray research device at the University of Delhi has resulted in the death of a scrap-metal worker—and drawn scrutiny of how India’s academic institutions handle radioactive materials. India’s nuclear watchdog, the Atomic Energy Regulatory(More)
I n the 1950s, U.S. nuclear scientists proposed building a fleet of nuclearpowered bombers. That was probably a bad idea. But through decades of technological fits and starts, it has led to what many nuclear experts think could be a very good idea: reactors burning an unheralded radioactive element, thorium. Compared with uranium, the standard reactor fuel,(More)