‘Santokbaa Humanitarian’ award

30 : Child rights activist and Noble Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and space scientist A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), were given ‘Santokbaa Humanitarian Award’. The award was presented by the President of India. The award is instituted by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundaton (SRKKF).

Physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away

Famous theoretical physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away in Texas, USA.He worked in the subjects of quantum Zeno effect, optical coherence, open quantum system, non-variance groups among others. In 2007, the Kerala-born scientist was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.

Scientists in Spain create a new record

Researchers based out in Spain cramp down light to lesser than a nanometer, that is, a space of 1 atom.The team did so by squeezing plasmons into a gap between graphene and metal. This is the smallest confinement done till date. This work was performed in collaboration with MIT (USA) and University of Minho (Portugal).

CMFRI scientist gets global recognition

Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), has been elected as an executive member of the ‘International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade’ (IIFET) based in the USA.Shyam is an expert in fisheries economics at CMFRI. IIFET is the forum for the exchange of research, information, and ideas on the economics of fisheries management.

Scientists found off-switch for inflammation

Scientists have discovered a new process that can switch off inflammation in the human body. They found that ?itaconate?, a molecule derived from glucose, acts as a powerful off-switch for macrophages. Macrophages are the cells in the immune system at the heart of many inflammatory diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease.

New organ found in human body

Scientists have identified a new organ ?interstitium? in the human body, which could help in understanding the spread of cancer within the body. ?Interstitium? is a series of fluid-filled compartments, found beneath the skin, as well as lining of gut, lungs, blood vessels and muscles. These compartments join together to form a network supported by a mesh of strong, flexible proteins.

New AI system can train robots for armies

Scientists have developed an AI Technique that will teach robots and computer programmes to interact with a human instructor and perform tasks for the army.Researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas considered a specific case where a human provides real-time feedback in the form of critique.The team developed a new algorithm called Deep TAMER.

Narayanan takes over as LPSC Director

Senior ISRO scientist Dr V Narayanan has assumed charge as Director of the space agency’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), at nearby Valiamala.He succeeds S Somanath who has been appointed Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Narayanan, who is a rocket propulsion expert, joined ISRO in 1984 and functioned in various capacities, a press release said.

Dr Sivan K Appointed New ISRO Chairman

The government appointed renowned scientist Sivan K as the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation.Sivan, at present Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, will succeed Kumar, who was appointed on January 12, 2015. He was graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980. ISRO was established in 1969.

Pratibha Gai get top royal honour

Scientist Pratibha Laxman Gai has been named for damehood, the female equivalent of knighthood, for “services to chemical sciences and technology”.She is the fourth Indian-origin woman conferred with the honour since it was instituted in 1917.Gai has patented inventions in the fields of hydrocarbon catalysis/polymers, electronic ceramics, Piezoelectrics & nanocoatings for polymers & food.