ICMR to start BCG Vaccine study for Coronavirus next week

Indian Council of Medical Research, India’s top body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, said it will start a new trial next week to study the efficacy of anti-TB vaccine BCG in preventing mortality in COVID-19. The statement comes even as the World Health Organization has said that there is no evidence […]

New genetic study lends strength to ‘Aryan Migration’ theory

The largest study of human genome ever carried out in Asia has added strength to so-called theory of Aryan migration theory into the Indian subcontinent. The study was published in the latest issue of scientific journal Nature. ARYAN MIGRATION THEORY According to the Aryan migration theory, the Indian subcontinent saw a massive influx of a […]

Mindtree ties up with IISc for artificial intelligence research

Bangalore-based IT services company Mindtree has decided to collaborate with Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc), one of India’s top higher education institutes, to design solutions using Artificial Intelligence or AI. It will do so by creating an endowment, Mindtree Associate Professor Chair on Artificial Intelligence, at the institute to encourage research into the application of […]

Indians frantically search for peacock mating data after judge’s remark

Comments by a High Court judge on the odd mating habits of peacocks has given rise to a frenzy of searches on Google from citizens curious to know more about the subject. From practically nothing, the number of searches on the topic ‘peacock mating’ has exploded since Wednesday evening, reaching a crescendo at 7:30 AM […]

Facebook restores world’s biggest page for Atheists after outcry

Facebook has restored ‘Atheist Republic’, by far the biggest page operated by the Atheist community on any social media network, after it was shut down using ‘mass reporting’ by religious people. The move followed a big outcry among atheists and free-speech advocates online. The page was taken down about 24 hours ago, and remained inaccessible […]

Brett Lee works towards a deafness-free India

On the occasion of International Week of the Deaf, renowned Australian cricketer and global hearing ambassador of Cochlear Ltd Brett Lee asked to take a pledge to free India from deafness. Australian cricket icon, Brett Lee, was announced as Cochlear’s first Global Hearing Ambassador in 2015. Brett’s target is raising awareness about hearing loss. Consciousness […]

Worried about your diet? Try CSE’s new online interactive tool

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has launched an online interactive tool to help people know about their food and dietary habits. “What we eat affects our health. But most of us do not know what we eat and how it affects our health. ´KNOW YOUR DIET´ is a first of its kind initiative to help […]

Glenmark Pharma discovers potential new anti-cancer drug

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said its overseas subsidiary has discovered a molecule that can potentially be used in targeting even difficult-to-treat lung cancer and colorectal cancer. The GBR 1372 molecule was discovered in the pharma company’s Swiss laboratory and that the company plans to file an application with the US Food and Drug Administration to approve the […]

US FDA updates warning against widespread use of fluoroquinolones

The US Food & Drug Administration issued a warning against casual usage of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, arguably the most widely used broad-spectrum antibiotic in India. USFDA advised that the side effects caused by the use of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs would outweigh the benefits for patients who have alternative treatment options. Patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary […]

Ayush ministry signs MOU with US Pharmacopeial to strengthen traditional medicine

Ministry of Ayush, government of India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with United States Pharmacopeial Convention for cooperation in the field of traditional medicine. The aim is to promote the safety, quality and integrity of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements, the government said. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization […]

Admins of Kerala Facebook group face death threats over anti-religious posts

The administration panel of Kerala’s biggest anti-superstition and rationalist Facebook groups has come under death threats for prompting believers to desert the Islamic faith. The blog, named Mujahir 2015, is written in Malayalam, the language spoken in Kerala. “Those who insult the Prophet must be killed,” the blog said. “To carry out (such an act), […]

India’s largest parody religion calls ‘believers’ to mega congregation

Dinkoism, India’s largest parody religion, is holding its first ‘mega congregation’ this Sunday at Calicut in the southern state of Kerala. The religion was floated after rationalists and science activists — tired of holding ‘logical’ arguments with religious fanatics about everything from evolution to abortion to women’s rights — decided exaggeration and caricature was the […]

Two-thirds of Indians could see temperature rise by over 2 degrees due to climate change

The impact of climate change on India would be more drastic than on many countries, according to a new paper released today by IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Gandhinagar and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). The country would need over $1 trillion from now until 2030 to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate […]