Snehal Fernandes

Snehal Fernandes

Snehal Fernandes is senior assistant editor at Hindustan Times, Mumbai. She writes on science and technology, environment, sustainable development, climate change, and nuclear energy. In 2012, she was awarded ‘The Press Club Award for Excellence in Journalism’ (Political category) for reports on Goa mining scam. Prior to HT, she wrote on education and transport at the Indian Express.

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 (HT llustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(HT llustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

In her element: Talking to theoretical physicist Rohini M Godbole

PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:04 PM IST
Godbole, who recently received the Order of Merit from France, has dedicated her life to the pure sciences, and to bringing more women into the field. Why is that so crucial? Because what you study is partly defined by who you are, she says.
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A Female Lemon Emigrant feeding on a lantana flower, taking a momentary break on its long flight.(Krushnamegh Kunte)
A Female Lemon Emigrant feeding on a lantana flower, taking a momentary break on its long flight.(Krushnamegh Kunte)

Urbanisation, agriculture, and climate crisis likely to take a heavier larger toll on some butterfly species

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 03:17 PM IST
Some butterfly species are more prepared to survive displacement from their habitats than others, shows new study
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Non-coated scanning electron micrograph of a foraging Giant Asian honey bee shows the presence of fine particulate matter in the leg region on being exposed to a highly polluted site (average PM10 at 98.6ug/m3 in Bengaluru).(NCBS)
Non-coated scanning electron micrograph of a foraging Giant Asian honey bee shows the presence of fine particulate matter in the leg region on being exposed to a highly polluted site (average PM10 at 98.6ug/m3 in Bengaluru).(NCBS)

Air pollution killing giant Asian honey bees: Study

By Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 01:11 AM IST
A first-of-its-kind quantitative analysis on the impacts of air pollution on insects by the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru indicates a decline in India’s insect population, including giant Asian honey bee.
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Dr Satyajit Rath, retired scientist from Delhi-based National Institute of Immunology, and currently adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.(NII)
Dr Satyajit Rath, retired scientist from Delhi-based National Institute of Immunology, and currently adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.(NII)

‘State and Centre trying hard, but didn’t spread awareness about community risk’

By Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 01:01 AM IST
As the state hit the one lakh mark for Covid-19 cases on Friday, Dr Satyajit Rath, retired scientist from Delhi-based National Institute of Immunology, and currently adjunct professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, spoke on factors behind the rise in Covid-19 cases, state’s handling of the outbreak and public health care system.
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Australia, Netherlands, France and United States have reported molecular detection of the Sars-Cov-2 virus in wastewater in scientific literature.(PTI)
Australia, Netherlands, France and United States have reported molecular detection of the Sars-Cov-2 virus in wastewater in scientific literature.(PTI)

Researchers in India find evidence of Covid-19 genes in sewage

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 03:33 PM IST
In April, IIT-Gn joined a global consortium of 51 premier universities and research institutes to undertake surveillance of sewage water to help determine and quantify excretion of the Sars-Cov-2 virus, in an effort to build an early warning system for Covid-19.
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After heatwave, Nisarga to give rain relief to Vidarbha

By Badri Chatterjee and Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:14 AM IST
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In May, it was instrumental in helping a team of international scientists discover a new class of powerful astronomical explosions caused by a Fast Blue Optical Transient, which simply put, is a super powerful explosion of a star.(PTI)
In May, it was instrumental in helping a team of international scientists discover a new class of powerful astronomical explosions caused by a Fast Blue Optical Transient, which simply put, is a super powerful explosion of a star.(PTI)

Cyclone shuts global facility to study cosmos

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 01:23 AM IST
Built and operated since 2002 by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the GMRT facility studies a wide range of subjects in modern astronomy including the origin and evolution of the universe, pulsars, quasars, radio galaxies.
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Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,(HT file)
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IISc develops technology for masks with potential to destroy or inactivate virus

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2020 08:43 PM IST
In the absence of a vaccine, rapid manufacture of cost-effective multi-layered masks loaded with antiviral and antibacterial properties is vital because currently available masks are both expensive and inefficient in reducing viral transmission thereby putting the lives of high-risk groups such as health care workers in danger.
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Migrant workers and their families waiting for the bus at Nancy bus depot,Borivali to go to the Lokmanya tilak terminus as a special train organised by Maharashtra government in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 14, 2020.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Migrant workers and their families waiting for the bus at Nancy bus depot,Borivali to go to the Lokmanya tilak terminus as a special train organised by Maharashtra government in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, May 14, 2020.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Covid-19 crisis: Is worst yet to come for Maharashtra? Experts weigh in

By Sachin Kalbag and Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 04:19 AM IST
On Monday night, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray addressed the state on social media – a much-anticipated speech on the possible easing of lockdown restrictions in the state.
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The scientific community has urged citizens to continue wearing masks, wash hands, and follow physical distancing protocols.(HT Photo)
The scientific community has urged citizens to continue wearing masks, wash hands, and follow physical distancing protocols.(HT Photo)

Scientists bust myths about ‘immunity-boosting’ substances in fighting Covid-19

By Snehal Fernandes | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 05:28 AM IST
Any substance is considered effective only after rigorous testing through randomised clinical trials with Covid-19 patients, and additional laboratory analyses, the scientists said.
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