Innovations: Point for health and agriculture

Younger population is driving the start-up growth in India. Young entrepreneurs are basing their innovations around healthcare and agriculture. VisionTech Fest of 2022 presented many innovative ideas such as drone monitors for coconut farming. Another one had an idea about a skin disease detection app that can currently detect 13 skin diseases and suggest remedies. […]

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Plastic waste to be white light

Researchers at the IISc have found ways to convert bio hazardous plastic waste into LEDs. A research scholar at the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has recently developed a method to convert bio hazardous plastic waste to white Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that can contribute to artificial […]

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IISc has a DREAM to protect airspaces

Researchers say that several limitations of existing counter-drone ideas can be resolved by DREAM. Researchers in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a novel approach called Dynamic Resource Allocation with decentralised Multi-task Assignment (DREAM) to safeguard airspace and infrastructure from intruding drones. Suresh Sundaram, Associate Professor in […]

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IISc develops device to improve data encryption

To make digital data safer, encrypted information can only be decoded by authorised users who have access to a cryptographic “key”. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed a true random number generator (TRNG) device, which can improve data encryption and cyber security for sensitive digital data such as credit or debit card details, passwords […]

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Lack of scientific awareness prevalent in India

Pseudo-scientific treatments were a concern among doctors and scientists, especially during the pandemic. When Nivedita came home from a difficult shift in the Covid ward, she found that her mother, an asthma patient, had thrown away her medicines. “Breathing exercises will cure my illness; I saw a doctor explain it on WhatsApp,” her mother said. […]

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Visually impaired children await better learning technologies

Schools have not been able to bring in electronic braille devices, accessible study material, 3D models and tactile diagrams for making science and mathematics inclusive. Tapas Bharadwaj, a visually impaired working professional faced several challenges during his education years. The teachers in inclusive schools didn’t understand the functions of Braille. Tapas struggled to study through […]

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Not fair play: Even after 10 years, video games not inclusive

Gamers with color blindness are still not 100 percent inclusive in video games Karan Vashishta faces many challenges while playing video games as he was diagnosed with the rarest type of color blindness. Even though his favourite game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, has a color-blind mode, he struggles to fully enjoy it. The […]

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LED headlights continue to harm sight

Experts say that LED lights can cause accidents and can also lead to permanent vision loss. Data suggests that no action is being taken against people who install bright headlights on their vehicles. A comparative study by Bengaluru Traffic Police indicated that booked cases of dazzling headlights have reduced from 84276 in 2019 to just […]

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