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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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)
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
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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.
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Updated on Sep 10, 2021 04:56 PM IST
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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.
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Published on Jan 22, 2021 03:04 PM IST
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Four critical patients respond well to new drug; need to verify, say experts

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Published on Aug 24, 2020 12:06 AM IST
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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)
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
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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)
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
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Spice-based formula can target the Sars-Cov-2 virus in 60 minutes, claims IIT-B

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Published on Aug 06, 2020 12:00 AM IST
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Researchers identify 33 molecules that can target 1 Covid-19 protein

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Published on Jul 03, 2020 01:03 AM IST
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‘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)
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
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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)
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
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Cyclone Nisarga effect: Mumbai sees heavy rain, thunderstorms

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Published on Jun 05, 2020 02:02 AM IST
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After heatwave, Nisarga to give rain relief to Vidarbha

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Published on Jun 05, 2020 01:14 AM IST
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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
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SoBo sees heavy rain, suburbs moderate; IMD may lift alert

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Published on Jun 04, 2020 12:21 AM IST
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Cyclone shuts global facility to study cosmos

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.
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)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 01:23 AM IST
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How Mumbai steered clear of cyclones

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Published on Jun 03, 2020 01:12 AM IST
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Bengaluru-based firm produces two key enzymes for Covid-19 testing

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Published on Jun 01, 2020 12:26 AM IST
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Lockdown saved lives of 8K to 32K people: Report

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Published on May 28, 2020 11:55 PM IST
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IISc experts to collect sound samples of Covid patients’ cough, breath

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Published on May 26, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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IISc develops technology for masks with potential to destroy or inactivate virus

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.
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,(HT file)
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru,(HT file)
Updated on May 22, 2020 08:43 PM IST
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Covid-19 crisis: Is worst yet to come for Maharashtra? Experts weigh in

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.
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)
Updated on May 20, 2020 04:19 AM IST
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IIT-Bombay develops wash-resistant antiviral coating for masks

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Published on May 17, 2020 01:37 AM IST
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Researchers at IISER develop low-cost ventilator

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Published on May 14, 2020 11:50 PM IST
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Mathematical model by IISER predicts dip in nationwide Covid cases by mid-May

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Published on May 09, 2020 12:48 AM IST
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IIT-B develops way to detect asymptomatic Covid patients

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Updated on May 07, 2020 01:04 PM IST
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Analysis by TIFR shows dip in infection rate since April 11

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Published on May 06, 2020 11:54 PM IST
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Researchers from three institutes develop algorithm for better contact-tracing

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Published on May 02, 2020 11:42 PM IST
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Scientists bust myths about ‘immunity-boosting’ substances in fighting Covid-19

Any substance is considered effective only after rigorous testing through randomised clinical trials with Covid-19 patients, and additional laboratory analyses, the scientists said.
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)
Updated on May 01, 2020 05:28 AM IST
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