Biplab Das

Biplab Das is a science writer based in Bangalore, India.

Biplab Das is a science writer based in Bangalore, India.

  • India’s snakebite regime found wanting

    Too many antivenoms are not fit for purpose, study shows.

    Antivenoms commercially available in India are inefficient in treating the effects of many snakebites, researchers sa...

    December 17, 2019
  • DDT linked to diabetes risk for immigrants

    Study highlights ongoing threat of prior exposure.

    Previous exposure to pollutants may contribute to the higher risk of metabolic disorders among Asian Indian immigrant...

    November 20, 2019
  • New blood test may improve TB diagnosis

    Researchers move a step closer to point-of-care diagnosis.

    By Biplab Das An international research team has developed an inexpensive triage blood test that can distinguish act...

    October 24, 2019
  • Literacy may enhance brain’s visual responses

    Study contradicts claims about impact of reading.

    New research suggests that learning to read activates the same areas of the brain that process non-written visual obj...

    September 22, 2019
  • Detecting early signs of banana diseases

    Trials of new app on three continents show positive results.

    New technology could help protect the world’s most important fruit crop, the banana. A smartphone app developed by s...

    September 3, 2019
  • The mystery of Skeleton Lake

    Remains were deposited 1000 years apart. Biplab Das reports.

    New research has finally shed some light on the origins of several hundred people who died mysteriously on the edge o...

    August 20, 2019
  • India adds a new snake to the list

    Unusual and rare find made in the Western Ghats.

    Indian scientists have discovered the first new species – and genus – of snake in the Western Ghats for more than a c...

    August 1, 2019
  • Gut bacteria linked to undernutrition recovery

    Researchers create a diet that restores healthy activity.

    International researchers have successfully tested a new approach to treating undernourished children by developing a...

    July 15, 2019
  • Agricultural work linked to malnutrition in India

    Economic contribution comes at a cost for women and children.

    Indian women’s participation in agriculture negatively affects household nutrition, particularly child health, throug...

    June 28, 2019
  • Historical significance is hard to predict

    Modern data suggests the philosophers are right.

    Can events be accurately described as historic at the time they are happening? Over the years, philosophers have ten...

    June 18, 2019
  • Health worker shortage pushes India towards crisis

    New data reveals the country has well below the recommended level of professionals, prompting con...

    The number of skilled health workers in India is well below the minimum threshold recommended  by the World Health Or...

    May 29, 2019
  • Indian island settlers came from far and wide

    The people of Lakshadweep have evidence of a seafaring past.

    People living on Lakshadweep, an archipelago off the south-western coast of India in the Arabian Sea, are genetically...

    May 14, 2019
  • Chickpea genome clues to more robust crops

    Multinational research reveals pathways to boosting the world’s second largest legume crop. Bipla...

    An international research team has identified genes responsible for heat and drought tolerance in chickpeas. This fin...

    May 7, 2019
  • Researchers induce motion in paralysed mice

    Activating an axon-regenerating pathway pays dividends.

    Mice able to exercise showed improved recovery from spinal cord injury. JamesBrey/Getty Images Researchers used a ...

    April 11, 2019
  • India’s dual battle with diseases of affluence and poverty

    Economic growth loads diabetes and obesity onto a health system already battling gut disease and ...

    A billion-plus population with unequal distribution of wealth is stretching India’s health system two ways, research ...

    April 9, 2019
  • India prepares to land on the moon

    The Chandrayaan-2 mission will be India’s first ever lunar lander.

    Next month, all being well, India will become the fifth country to touch down on the moon. A heavy rocket will blast...

    April 4, 2019

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