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Impact of the lockdown on the career of a young researcher

Impact of the lockdown on the career of a young researcher

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A first-hand account of the impact the lockdown has had this young researcher – the stresses, worries, and experience of being at the cusp of one’s career.

 

Take out the news. Bring in the old. News fatigue is a thing. Here’s what it is and what you can do about it.

Take out the news. Bring in the old. News fatigue is a thing. Here’s what it is and what you can do about it.

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During social isolation, people have been staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. In order to stay informed and maintain awareness there has been increase in news and media consumption. But after months of restricted movement and social distancing, people are restless. Not only are they tired of being in lockdown, they are also feeling worn out by news – a condition now known as news fatigue.

 

The role of science and scientists in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic (Part 1)

The role of science and scientists in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic (Part 1)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of a thriving scientific ecosystem for dealing with global crises. In this two-part article series, Kaushik Biswas, Associate Professor at the Division of Molecular Medicine, Bose Institute, Kolkata, discusses how innovative scientific endeavours are paving the way for better prevention and treatment strategies for this rapidly-spreading disease.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: Ruminating on resilience during a pandemic

Researchers in Lockdown: Ruminating on resilience during a pandemic

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In this new series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lockdown and how it has influenced how they approach doing science.

 

Being a scientist in the post-COVID world: In conversation with LS Shashidhara

Being a scientist in the post-COVID world: In conversation with LS Shashidhara

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought science and scientists to the forefront of public scrutiny. At the same time, it has forced many scientists to take a step back and introspect as lockdown procedures are implemented throughout the country. We spoke to LS Shashidhara, Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune (Currently, on Lien at Ashoka University), about the impact the current situation has had on the way scientific research is conducted in our country, and the lessons scientists can take away from it for the future.

 

Inside a lab growing coronavirus

Inside a lab growing coronavirus

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In order to find a potential cure or vaccine for COVID-19, it is necessary to grow the novel coronavirus in large quantities in safe and contained laboratory settings. In the last few months, institutes around the country, including CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, and National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, have joined the effort to grow the virus. Somdatta Karak from CCMB provides us with a first-hand peek inside one such laboratory.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: Contributing to science from the safety of your home

Researchers in Lockdown: Contributing to science from the safety of your home

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In this new series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lockdown and how it has influenced how they approach doing science

 

COVID-19 in rural India ‒ a public health perspective

COVID-19 in rural India ‒ a public health perspective

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In this Q&A with Vanshika Singh, public health researcher Yogeshwar Kalkonde takes us through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for those at the fringes of healthcare ‒ the rural Indian population.

 

Rising to the challenge: Startups and the COVID-19 crisis

Rising to the challenge: Startups and the COVID-19 crisis

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In this Q&A, Amitabha Bandyopadhyay describes how startups in India have risen to the challenge of providing COVID-19 solutions, highlighting the example of Nocca Robotics, a startup that swiftly developed a low-cost ventilator in record time.

 

Controlling COVID-19 spread using instant digital contact tracing

Controlling COVID-19 spread using instant digital contact tracing

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A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford compares various routes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and suggests that instantaneous digital contact tracing using a mobile app may be a more efficient way to curb its spread than manual contact tracing.

 

The spike protein: Decoding the coronavirus’s ‘crown jewel’

The spike protein: Decoding the coronavirus’s ‘crown jewel’

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The novel coronavirus uses spike proteins scattered on its surface to break into our cells. Unravelling this protein’s structure has helped scientists better understand how the virus spreads, and shaped drug and vaccine development.

 

CSIR’s role in COVID-19 crisis

CSIR’s role in COVID-19 crisis

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The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the largest publicly funded R&D organization in the country. We spoke to Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, the Director General, about CSIR’s role in the COVID-19 crisis. In this “as told to” article, Dr. Mande outlines the various strategies and efforts being undertaken in CSIR labs to combat the pandemic.