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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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At Jamnagar, a billionaire’s passion creates the world’s largest rescue centre for animals

For several hours every day, Leelavati’s mahout applies medical oxygen on her burn wounds at the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HOT) chamber at the Elephant Hospital, India’s only such facility, nestled within the Green Belt of Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar Refinery Complex

Jamnagar, India - Feb 26,2024 - Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of their Vantara (Star of the Forest) programme, an umbrella initiative to focus on rescue, treatment, care and rehabilitation of injured, abused and threatened animals, both in India and abroad. Spread over 3000 acres within the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex in Gujarat. Feb - 26,2024. (Photo by Raju Shinde/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 09:20 AM IST

Are citizens’ movements dying in Mumbai?

Bengaluru civil society's recent successes put Mumbai’s protest movements in sharp contrast

Bollywood Actor Shradha Kapoor joined Protesters form a human chain during protest to SAVE AAREY campaign at Aarey Colony. ( (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 18, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Magic beans: A Wknd interview with sustainable-seeds warrior Swati Nayak

She works to bridge the gap between lab, farm and fork. She just won the Norman E Borlaug Award. ‘I want to show that excellence comes from courage,’ Nayak says

Amid shrinking land holdings, uncertain harvests and the climate crisis, Nayak works to help new seed varieties reach the fields and regions where they can make the most difference. In Odisha, for instance, he has earned the nickname Bihana Didi (Seed Sister) after she and her team introduce the drought-tolerant and now-highly-popular Sahbhagi rice variety to the region. (HT Photo: Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 05:28 PM IST

How amateur mapmakers are solving real world problems

FOSSEE, or Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Education, is a project developed by IIT-Bombay and funded by the Ministry of Education

Professor Kannan Moudgalya (centre), Mohamed Kasim Khan M (left) and Professor Pennan Chinnasamy (right) at IIT Bombay (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 11:06 AM IST

How amateur mapmakers are solving real world problems

Given the paucity of data available, an IIT-B-backed army of students has stepped in to fill the vacuum

THE TEAM BEHIND MAPATHON: (Clockwise from left) Prof Kannan Moudgalya, Mohamed Kasim Khan M and Prof Pennan Chinnasamy at IIT-Bombay. (Satish Bate/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 11:01 PM IST

How IIT-B alumni honed the art of giving

The hostel, which will be thrown open in 2025, will host 1100 students. It has been tagged Project Evergreen – the largest alumni project ever in the institute’s history that involves fund raising, design, construction and project management

Nandan Nilekani’s recent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>315-cr donation to his alma mater is backed by a strong tradition of altruism among its former students. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 05:55 PM IST

Bonds that tie 1000 members of the Kosambi squad

Three years since its inception, the gung-ho members continue to marry political thought with on-ground truth

Mumbai, India - January 23, 2023: Prof. Anupam Guha at IIT-B, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, January 23, 2023. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times) (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 29, 2023 12:01 AM IST

How a robotics contest led to start-ups and go-getters

In 2012, to bridge the gap between employability and the curricula of higher education, Kavi Arya, professor of computer science, IIT-Bombay, conceived e-Yantra – a project-based learning approach to education, funded by Ministry of Education and hosted at IIT-Bombay

At IIT-Bombay the team was exposed to unique technologies and innovative ideas, “lacking in an engineering college”. Wodeyar’s team bagged the best demonstration and presentation award. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 06:37 PM IST

MPCB’s last month’s warning on pollution emergency unheeded

Mumbai: A thick blanket of haze covered the city for the third consecutive day, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) value rising to 309, categorised as ‘very poor’, on Tuesday

According to the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) network of monitoring stations, the AQI level between 200 and 300 is considered ‘poor’ and if it is in excess of 300 it is marked ‘very poor’. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 07, 2022 12:30 AM IST
BySnehal Fernandes and Yogesh Naik

International team of astronomers studies rare Tidal Destruction Event

Mumbai: In what is being described as the most powerful flash from 8

International team of astronomers studies rare Tidal Destruction Event
Published on Dec 02, 2022 12:48 AM IST

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya wins UNESCO Award for cultural heritage conservation

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) was conferred with the ‘Award of Excellence’ at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation-2022 on Saturday

The renovated dome of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2022 01:00 AM IST

This year’s Infosys Science Prize winners extend understanding of the brain and the cosmos

Vaidya won for “fundamental contributions to understanding brain mechanisms that underlie mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, while cosmologist Nissim Kanekar from the Pune-based National Centre for Radio Astrophysics affiliated emerged winner in the category of physical sciences

Prof. Vidita Vaidya from TIFR-Mumbai’s Department of Biological Sciences won the coveted Infosys Prize in Life Sciences category (Bhushan Koyande/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 16, 2022 12:25 AM IST

‘Bulli bai’ victim to VP, TISS student union

Mumbai: Ten months after her name cropped as one of 100 Muslim women whose details were made available on Bulli Bai, an application made on open source-platform, GitHub, which allowed users to take part in their “auction”, 22-year Nidha Parveen was elected as the new vice-president of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students’ Union

Mumbai, India - October 17, 2022: Newly-elected student vice-president of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Nidha Parveen, poses for pictures outside TISS, Chembur, in Mumbai, India, on Monday, October 17, 2022. (Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times) (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 22, 2022 11:42 PM IST

New methodology developed to detect light from first stars of early universe

The Big Bang is the prevailing cosmological model for the universe from the earliest known periods through its subsequent large-scale evolution

New methodology developed to detect light from first stars of early universe
Published on Jul 22, 2022 12:11 AM IST

Higher complications among newborns of Covid-infected mothers during Delta wave: Study

The 18-member study, conducted using data from PregCovid -- a registry aimed to study pregnant and post-partum women with Sars-CoV-2 infection

The study found that significantly higher neonatal complications were reported in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. (Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 09, 2022 11:22 PM IST

Scientist turns sculptor

One clay sculpture was an interpretation of Sir Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation; another depicted a 28-day embryo

Sukant Saran, a physicist turned artist, at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Mumbai, India, on Monday (Bhushan Koyande)
Published on May 30, 2022 11:38 PM IST

Three ministries to form consortium for climate-related policies

In a first, three ministries - earth sciences (MoES), science and technology, and environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), are set to form a consortium for climate science, mitigation

NDC is a climate action plan including targets that are put forth by individual countries to cut emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2022 08:08 PM IST

Earning her stripes: How Dhriti Banerjee worked her way to head of the ZSI

There are three essential components to a pioneering woman’s success, says the first woman to head the Zoological Survey of India: confidence in yourself, confidence from others, and a well-planned effort not just to be the best candidate, but to make it clear that you are.

 (Samir Jana / HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 04:56 PM IST

In her element: Talking to theoretical physicist Rohini M Godbole

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.

 (HT llustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
Published on Jan 22, 2021 03:04 PM IST

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

Some butterfly species are more prepared to survive displacement from their habitats than others, shows new study

A Female Lemon Emigrant feeding on a lantana flower, taking a momentary break on its long flight.(Krushnamegh Kunte)
Updated on Aug 19, 2020 03:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

Air pollution killing giant Asian honey bees: Study

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.

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)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 01:11 AM IST
By, Mumbai

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

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.

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)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 01:01 AM IST
By, Mumbai

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

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.

Australia, Netherlands, France and United States have reported molecular detection of the Sars-Cov-2 virus in wastewater in scientific literature.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 09, 2020 03:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

After heatwave, Nisarga to give rain relief to Vidarbha

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Published on Jun 05, 2020 01:14 AM IST
ByBadri Chatterjee and Snehal Fernandes, Mumbai

Damage to antennae stalls reopening of giant telescope

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Published on Jun 05, 2020 01:12 AM IST
By, Mumbai
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