Bhavya Khullar

Bhavya Khullar
Floods can pollute groundwater
A new study finds that flooding in polluted rivers has the potential to make groundwater unsafe for human use.
Posted on 03 Nov, 2017 02:56 PM

In December of 2015, when Chennai was flooded and people were marooned, a team of scientists from Anna University was collecting groundwater samples along the Adyar river to investigate if the groundwater in this region was fit for human consumption. 

Floods can impact the microbial quality of groundwater. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
Combating climate change with nanomaterials
Researchers are looking to tiny materials to clean up air, water and land.
Posted on 05 Sep, 2017 10:00 AM

The list of environmental problems that the world faces may be huge, but some strategies for solving them are remarkably small.

Photo of pollution-absorbing nanosponge courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Rice that withstands drought
Scientists develop a new variety of rice that needs very little water and can withstand drought.
Posted on 19 May, 2017 05:30 PM

A group of Indian, Chinese, and Canadian scientists has developed transgenic rice that gives high yield even under severe water deficit. The new rice variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into a variety of Indian rice called samba mahsuri.