Monthly Archives: October, 2012

Visuwords:online graphical dictionary

Visuwords ( is an online graphical dictionary based on Princeton University’s WordNet (



India’s lab for higher education










Professor Uday Desai,  Director,  IIT  Hyderabad.

(Photo Courtesy of Higher Education )

“…..IN Australia, IITan is not a household word. It’s shorthand for engineering celebrity: a graduate from one of the elite Indian institutes of technology.

“If you go to Silicon Valley, that is where we started getting our fame,” says Uday Desai, director of Hyderabad’s new IIT. “Almost 60 per cent of the start-ups from Silicon Valley have a representative from an IIT.”

Source: Higher Education

NLM announces update of database was announced by the National Library of Medicine. Users will now have access to new and reorganized content about clinical research, background information about the site, search tools, and help for those maintaining study records. Core content and functions of the site.




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Indo-german grand science slam: Researchers announced


The names of the young finalists who will be presenting their research are:


Ms. Japleen Kaur Pasricha (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Dr.Sajad H. Ahanger (Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad), Mr. Ahan Dalal (University of Hyderabad), Mr. Bidus Kanti Das (Indian Institute Of Technology Kharagpur), Mr. Vikas Shabadi (Technische Universität Darmstadt) and Mr. Debdoot Sheet (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur). The topics they will be presenting include Contemporary German Pop literature: Christian Krachts “Faserland”; Uniting Boundaries and Dividing the Empire; Can a Plant Biologist make a Farmer smile?; Don’t waste a ‘waste’; Nano-electronics, Spintronics, Multiferroics; and, Ultrasonic Histology, respectively.


Dr. Torsten Fischer, Director, German Research

Foundation (DFG), the official coordinator of DWIH New Delhi, says, “The quality of applications we received for this Indo-German Grand Science Slam in India has been fantastic. It reflects the potential of India’s research community and the promising future of Indo-German research collaboration. The selection was based purely on quality and relevance to area of science selected.”


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Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Awards 2012:Indian Scientists

Ten of India’s leading researchers were honoured during the “Thomson Reuters Research Excellence – India Citation Awards 2012”


The award recipients (in alphabetical order) represent diverse fields spanning chemistry, physics, materials science and nanotechnology. They are:

· Dr. Anunay Samanta, (Physical Chemistry and Photochemistry) – J. C. Bose National Fellow and Professor of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
· Dr. Murali Sastry (Nanobiotechnology) –  Director,  India Innovation Center of  DSM India Private Limited, Gurgaon
· Professor Rabin Banerjee (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Senior Professor, Department of Theoretical Sciences, S N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata
· Professor Sandip P Trivedi (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics,  Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
· Dr. Sarit Kumar Das (Mechanical Engineering, Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics and Nanotechnology) – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
· Professor Thanu Padmanabhan (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Research Scientist, Core Academic Programmes, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
· Professor Umesh Vasudeo Waghmare (Applied Physics and Materials Science, Computational Methods) – Professor, Theoretical Science Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
· Dr.  Varun Sahni (Theoretical Physics and Cosmology) – Professor, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune
· Professor Velayutham Murugesan (Physical, Organic, and Environmental Chemistry) – Professor of Chemistry (Eminence) & Advisor, Centre of Research, Department of Chemistry, Anna University, Chennai
· Dr.  Vinod Kumar Garg (Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Bioresource Technology) – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar


Source :Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters launches Intellectual Property Administrative Services





IP Administrative Services include:

  • Docketing Services
  • Paralegal Support
  • Proofreading Services

Source: Thomson Reuters

Animated Research Tutorial:Rutgers Riot

Rutgers Riot Animated Research Tutorial

 Rutgers’ Riot is an animated research tutorial. It plays like a five part animated movie. Each part of the movie features characters explaining an aspect of the research process. The five parts are selecting a topic, finding sources, choosing keywords, identifying citations, and evaluating sources. There are text documents available to accompany the videos.

five modules:

MODULE 1: Selecting a Topic

When picking a topic, focus on a specific question by applying limiters. Limiters narrow the topic by making it more specific.


  • Time period
  • Geography/location
  • Population

Google or Wikipedia can be useful in the early stages of research, to help you learn more about the area you want to research so you can pick a specific topic. Just remember that this is only the first step in your research.

MODULE 2: Finding Sources

Primary sources are original works written, created, or produced during the particular time under study.


  • Original documents: autobiographies, letters, diaries, memoirs, speeches, interviews, official records, news film footage, photographs, research reports, research data
  • Creative Works: paintings, sculpture, poetry, novels, musical scores
  • Artifacts:  clothing, tools, buildings, weapons, fossils

Secondary sources rely on primary sources for information.


  • First-hand analysis: Interpretations, evaluations, commentaries, or discussion of primary sources

Tertiary sources are yet one more level removed from the primary source and generally refer to tools for finding primary and second sources.


  • Indexes, databases, and bibliographies
  • Library online catalogs
  • Dictionaries and encyclopedias


For more details :

Source: and  Stephen blog

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012:jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012  jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka>for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed
to become pluripotent


” The Nobel Prize recognizes two scientists who discovered that mature, specialised cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells capable of developing into all tissues of the body. Their findings have revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop.

John B. Gurdon discovered in 1962 that the specialisation of cells is reversible. In a classic experiment, he replaced the immature cell nucleus in an egg cell of a frog with the nucleus from a mature intestinal cell. This modified egg cell developed into a normal tadpole. The DNA of the mature cell still had all the information needed to develop all cells in the frog.

Shinya Yamanaka discovered more than 40 years later, in 2006, how intact mature cells in mice could be reprogrammed to become immature stem cells. Surprisingly, by introducing only a few genes, he could reprogram mature cells to become pluripotent stem cells, i.e. immature cells that are able to develop into all types of cells in the body.

These groundbreaking discoveries have completely changed our view of the development and cellular specialisation. We now understand that the mature cell does not have to be confined forever to its specialised state. Textbooks have been rewritten and new research fields have been established. By reprogramming human cells, scientists have created new opportunities to study diseases and develop methods for diagnosis and therapy.”

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Links to more facts on the Nobel Prizes:
Facts on the Nobel Prize in Physics
Facts on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Facts on the Nobel Prize in Literature
Facts on the Nobel Peace Prize
Facts on the Prize in Economic Sciences
Facts on all Nobel Prizes
Nomination FAQ

Ohio State University Joins MOOC

Ohio State University is now part of the massive open online course movement  More details :

The University of California’s Digital Library have launched DataUp.

The University of California’s Digital Library have launched DataUp.


“An open source tool helping researchers document, manage, and archive their tabular data, DataUp operates within the scientist’s workflow and integrates with Microsoft® Excel.”

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