Plastic- A black mirror to Earth’s grim reality

by Mohammed Haseeb Nawaz : A marvel technology was introduced for its versatility during World War II and was a major boon to the Allied Forces in the form of plexiglass and lightweight nylon parachutes. This technology soon became a major part of our day to day lives post-1950. Yes, we are talking about PLASTICS (1). Made of synthetic organic polymers…

The NICE Group learns what it’s really like to be a fly on the wall

Our insect virtual reality study, built by Pavan Kumar Kaushik for his PhD research, was released this morning in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. See the VR in action in this lovely article by Harini Barath in NCBS News! Pavan’s research caused quite a “buzz” in the media, being picked up by several news outlets across the…

Life during Lockdown

Here is a message and some links from our campus counselors at Parivarthan for all of you out there.  Most importantly, remember you are not alone. The prevailing Public Health situation has affected all of us in so many ways and disrupted life as we knew it. With the directive on social distancing, our work life has been constricted and…

Compassion in the Time of Coronavirus

by Shannon – Hi everyone. Like many of you reading this right now, I am writing from my living room where I am doing my best to prevent social transmission of COVID-19.  I’m not here to give you medical advice – I’m not that kind of doctor (badam ching!). If you want the best information, check out ICMR or WHO.…

Bipolar disorder: A swinging mood disorder

by Anisha Khemani – Bipolar, as the name suggests, is a behavioral disorder when the person has 2 poles and indeed it is 2 extreme poles of behavior. The 2 phases of bipolar disorder are- Depression: where there may be a negative outlook on life, avoidance of social interactions, blaming yourself for everything, and hating your existence. Manic: where there…

Who run the world?

A tribute to the amazing women of the NICE Lab. You are an inspiration and a guiding light to every little girl who dreams.  We are so honored to have you a part of our family!

One punch man of the ocean

by Abhaydeep Pinjala The strongest punch in the anime world is backed by Sitama, who is the protagonist of the One Punch Man show. He has tremendous power to punch through anything in this world and the world beyond. Coming to reality there is one contender that can challenge Sitama in his punching skills. This is the one and only…

An encounter with a spectacled cobra

by Maansi Sharan – These long, slender, limbless, scaly reptiles existed millions of years ago when dinosaurs once roamed the earth. They’re found slithering through all landscapes and continents except Antarctica. Snakes can get a detailed description of the environment around them by occasionally flicking their forked tongue out. Their tongue collects chemicals from the air and ground, which is…