Closing the Carbon Cycle to Stop Climate Change

Reducing the CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere is key to stopping further environmental degradation. CO2 conversion to methane (green fuel) using renewable hydrogen is considered as one of the best options with great potential for simultaneously resolving energy and environmental challenges. Unfortunately, this process needs an expensive metal or complex organometallics and most of them suffer from instability and poor [...]

Glucose acts as a double edged sword on longevity factor SIRT1

Novel discovery from TIFR shows that glucose acts as a double edge sword in regulating the functions of SIRT1. These results have been published in the journal PNAS. The study found that glucose derived cellular metabolite acted as a molecular switch to regulate both the extent and time of activity of the longevity factor, which effected gene expression and regulated metabolic flexibility in the liver. This study has immense therapeutic potential [...]

Deuteron-like heavy dibaryons — a step towards finding exotic nuclei

Have you ever wondered how the Sun creates the energy that we get from it every day and how the other elements beside hydrogen have formed in our universe? Perhaps you know that this is due to fusion reactions where four nuclei of hydrogen join together to produce a helium nucleus. Such nucleosynthesis processes are possible solely due to the existence, in the first place, of stable deuterons, which are made up of a proton and a neutron. Probing [...]

Black (nano)-Gold Combat Climate Change

Global warming is a serious threat to the planet and the living beings. One of the main cause of global warming is the increase in the atmospheric CO2 level. The main source of this CO2 is from the burning of fossil fuels in our daily lives (electricity, vehicles, industry and many more). Researchers at TIFR have developed the solution phase synthesis of Dendritic Plasmonic Colloidosomes (DPCs) with varying interparticle [...]