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Archived Research Highlights

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Soil check: How much water does your soil contain?

Researchers use ultra-small graphene particles to develop a new soil moisture sensor

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Technology not merely a tool in tennis, but now in the driver’s seat

Study finds that the sport of tennis critically depends on information and communication Technology

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A new approach to quantum information processing at room temperatures

Researchers propose novel nanochips from atomically thin materials to make quantum computing possible

In October 2019, Google announced that their quantum processor achieved a computation in 200 seconds, which they claim would take even the most advanced supercomputers today approximately 10,000 years. While IBM has challenged this claim, such drastic changes in computational capabilities are indeed possible due to a fundamentally new technology called quantum computers.

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Supplying water through tankers to urban India

Researchers develop a realistic framework for planning and scheduling water tanker movement in cities

It is not just a shortfall of adequate water sources that is responsible for the water woes in our cities. Many parts of the ever-growing urban areas are still waiting for piped water, and citizens and city water supply boards alike are dependent on tankers to fetch water to cope with the erratic supply. For instance, the Delhi Jal Board has a fleet of around 800 tankers providing water to its people across different parts of the city.

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Speeding Up Computing By Introducing Defects In Solids

Researchers probe the effects of defects in solids to improve the speed of electronic devices

Many of the solid materials used in electronic devices (such as semiconductor devices usually made out of silicon) develop defects in their crystal structure when the crystals are grown. Scientists have for long used these defects to their advantage, and have even wilfully introduced defects to achieve interesting material properties. For instance, electrical properties of semiconductors are improved by adding a few atoms of a different element to it.

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How Do Taro Leaves Repel Water?

Researchers study the structure of taro leaves to make water-repellent material

The leaves of taro plants are a familiar ingredient in many regional delicacies across India. Featuring in dishes like alu wadi and pathrode, the heart-shaped leaves of this plant have an interesting quality — they are hydrophobic. Liquids that land on their surface do not wet the leaves but instead roll off them.

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Tracing the origins of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers uncover the  molecular events that lead up to the  formation  of protein clusters commonly  seen in Parkinson's disease

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What influences coronaviruses’ survival on different surfaces?

Researchers find how temperature, humidity and properties of different surfaces influence the evaporation rates of respiratory droplets infected with COVID-19.

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A hardware neuron to help ‘brain-like’ computers solve difficult problems

Researchers develop a powerful stochastic neuron, like those in our brain, using random access memory to aid breakthroughs in artificial intelligence

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Machine learning helps monitor crop growth

Researchers use radar data from satellites to estimate parameters that determine the growth of soy and wheat.

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