How does a three-dimensional shape of an organism emerge from a nearly spherical shaped zygote? This is one of the fundamental questions that has puzzled development biologists for a long time. A recent study titled ‘Self-organized shape dynamics of active surfaces’ by  Mietke  et al.  published in the journal PNAS, gives us new insights on the topic.

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The ICTP-ICTS Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology is an annual program, jointly organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru, India, and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. Each year, the school focuses on a specific area of quantitative systems biology, while the venue for the school alternates between Bengaluru and Trieste. The aim of these schools is​ ​to...

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A few months ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, conferred the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics to ...

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The word ‘monsoon’ is synonymous with the rainy season for most of us on the Indian subcontinent. However, the Indian monsoons are not ordinary rains. But what are they?

Aditya Vijaykumar, a second year PhD scholar at ICTS, speaks to three scientists of the ICTS monsoon initiative-

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The observations of binary black hole and binary neutron star mergers by the LIGO and Virgo gravitational-wave detectors have already revolutionized the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. India too has an established and thriving community of researchers working in the field of gravitational-wave physics, and with LIGO-India scheduled to come online in a few years’ time, it is very important for young researchers to sta...

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Alessandra Buonanno is a theoretical physicist working in the field of gravitational waves. She is at present a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany. On a recent visit to ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru to participate in the Future of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy program he...

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Dr. Jayant Narlikar is an Astrophysicist and the Founder-Director of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) at Pune, India. A strong advocate of science outreach programs, he has authored many books on science for children, in both English and in his mother-tongue Marathi. On a recent visit to ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, Dr. Narlikar spoke to us on the evolution of science culture in Indian society...

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What are complex systems? Look around, and you will find them everywhere; in the city’s traffic, stock and finance markets, the nature around us and even our relationships at home and work!

Complex systems are those systems that are composed of many interacting sub-systems, having non-linear heterogenous constituents and inter-dependent relationships. They are termed complex as they have very i...

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"If we neglect nurturing path-breaking ideas in basic sciences, we will not be able to radically innovate in the future"

-Prof. Rajesh Gopakumar, Centre Director ICTS.
 

An alumnus of IIT-Kanpur, Prof.  Rajesh Gopakumar, Centre...

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A two and a half week long workshop titled 'The Myriad Colorful Ways of Understanding QCD Matter' was recently held at ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru. Organized by Dr. Ayan Mukhopadhyay (Indian Institute of Technology-Madras), Dr. Sayantan Sharma and Dr. Ravindran V. (Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai), the workshop was held between April 1-17, 2019 and was aimed at PhD students and early career scientists.

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