India’s culture of coping with cancer

Dwaipayan Banerjee’s new book examines the psychological and social terrain of living with cancer in a country where the disease has long been downplayed.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine health-care india research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty books-and-authors program-in-sts

New crab species is a purple tree-climber

A newly described species of crab, Leptarma biju, is a noctural tree-climber. Perhaps that's why explorers hadn't noticed it before.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: india new-species science-and-technology crabs

What the world can learn from clean energy transitions in India, China and Brazil

Our research identified three key lessons.

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china brazil solar-power india energy-transition biofuel ethanol clean-energy leds solar-photovoltaics

Extent of India’s COVID nudge campaign revealed

The Government of India’s use of nudge theory in the first three months of the pandemic helped to tackle the virus on numerous fronts, a new study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 india nationalism nudging

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-media china twitter facebook video india young-people mobile-apps apps youtube instagram youth tiktok snapchat us-china-relations

Air pollution could be making honey bees sick – new study

Honey bees in the most polluted parts of an Indian city were more likely to die sooner and showed clear signs of poor health.

Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology & Conservation, Royal Holloway • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects bees air-pollution india pollinators pollination honey-bees bangalore

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Himalayas will be lost by 2100 if climate targets aren't met

How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.

Ann Rowan, Ice and Climate Research Fellow, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: global-warming india nepal pakistan glaciers paris-agreement

Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar covid-19 pollution pandemic policy india research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society photovoltaics

Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India's Kaziranga park

Eight one-horned rhinos have been killed after rains left 85% of the Kaziranga park under water.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 19, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: floods india wildlife asia unesco-world-heritage-sites monsoon

Cool crops with synthetic clouds? It could backfire

New research on the possibility of geoengineering "reminds us that there is no perfect technical method to address the impacts of global warming."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change agriculture geoengineering india fruit earth-and-environment

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