Music in the time of hearing loss

by Amrita Anand Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies are celebrated masterpieces of Western classical music. But, did you know that he composed several of them while suffering from severe hearing impairment? Beethoven’s sad predicament is by no means an isolated case: many acclaimed modern day musicians, including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, suffer from hearing loss. … Continue reading Music in the time of hearing loss

A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

Shrinivasan Raghuraman studies some really shy animals. But they hunt, taser, harpoon and even suck blood! Want to learn more? Press Play! https://soundcloud.com/polybiotique/a-soupcon-of-scicomm-with-shrinivasan-raghuraman   Related links - Shrini's work on cone snail toxins and other cellular profiling Baldomero "Toto" Olivera's laboratory A hunting cone snail A net hunting cone snail Vampire snails Artist: All Free … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

The IgNobel ceremony 2017

Shruti and Abhishek attended the 2017 ceremony of the IgNobels held at Sanders theater on September 14th. Here is a storified version of our live-tweets that went out that evening! https://storify.com/polybiotique/ignobels If you would like to know more about the IgNobels and watch the webcast, you can go to their website here - http://www.improbable.com/ig/2017/  

Preserving the similarity of life

If you’ve been to Amsterdam or Venice, or seen photographs of these beautiful cities, you would have marvelled at the many canals and the bridges connecting them. Have you ever wondered what prevents the water in these canals from mixing with one another? Of course, it’s because of the embankments that separate them. Had these … Continue reading Preserving the similarity of life

Lighting up the brain

Many separate fields such microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience have intersected to give rise to a new field called Optogenetics. Quite simply, optogenetics involves using genes to help single cells make light sensitive proteins. Widely used in neuroscience, optogenetics has revolutionized the way single and groups of neurons are studied and manipulated in … Continue reading Lighting up the brain

The curious case of aging

  A legend says that drinking from the “Fountain of Youth” can restore youth.  Tempting, indeed. Unfortunately youth doesn’t last forever as aging is a natural process that all living beings undergo. What comes to your mind when you hear the word aging? - Wrinkles, becoming weak and more prone to age related ailments. Ever … Continue reading The curious case of aging

The ‘Life is Rough’ (LIR) Series – Mission Statement

Hello, and welcome to the ‘Life is Rough’ series of articles. I am beginning this series as an attempt at communicating not just scientific information but a scientific mindset. Science is a way to support our curiosity about the universe with objectivity and rationality. In allowing us to understand the reality of our world and … Continue reading The ‘Life is Rough’ (LIR) Series – Mission Statement

Going back, To the future

Nostalgia is perhaps the easiest forms of time travel. The allure of the past clouded with quirks of one’s memories effects emotions strong enough that they transport us to happier (or sadder) times. Looking back in time can also serve as a corrective measure for individuals and societies. We have all had that one instance … Continue reading Going back, To the future