Monisha Ravisetti

Monisha Ravisetti

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

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Monisha Ravisetti, based in New York, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Monisha worked at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mount Sinai West and NYU Langone conducting clinical and basic science research. She graduated with a degree focused in philosophy, physics and chemistry from New York University, and her work investigates the intersection between science and the human condition.

People line up to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Jammu, India. Scientists have developed a new test that can give reliable results within seconds. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
People line up to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Jammu, India. Scientists have developed a new test that can give reliable results within seconds. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) Addressing the terrors that COVID-19 continues to inflict on developing and overpopulated countries, particularly India, scientists designed a portable deep-learning system that is built with inexpensive and easy-to-use equipment and tests for infection in real time.

Don't let this DNA sit out for too long. (Museum of Texas Tech University)
Don't let this DNA sit out for too long. (Museum of Texas Tech University) Long-term tissue-storage facilities are DNA museums that freeze biological data in time, and scientists have conducted the first study to confirm how cold the freezers need to be to prevent losing this invaluable and unique history.

There may now be a better alternative for chronic pain than opioids. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
There may now be a better alternative for chronic pain than opioids. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) The death toll from the decades-long U.S. opioid crisis continues to climb as the toxic drugs are still used to treat chronic pain, but scientists have hit a milestone in developing an innovative alternative that involves inhibiting the body's pain-encoding gene.

Quantum simulations are getting closer to putting the cat in (or out of) the box. (Pixabay/Oleg Gamulinskiy)
Quantum simulations are getting closer to putting the cat in (or out of) the box. (Pixabay/Oleg Gamulinskiy) Classical computers cannot unlock the quantum domain, so scientists rely on makeshift simulations to study the elusive field — and these programs are soon to reach another level of realism with the discovery of a new way to observe long-distance interactions between lithium atoms, stand-ins for quantum particles.

A black hole just consumed a star the size of the sun. (Shutterstock)
A black hole just consumed a star the size of the sun. (Shutterstock) Physicists from institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the European Southern Observatory found that a supermassive black hole awakened to devour a nearby star much like its more ordinary counterparts would, indicating that, despite their vast nature, the objects are rather predictable in at least one regard.

The "forbidden gap" has at last been opened. (COPS/University of Twente)
The "forbidden gap" has at last been opened. (COPS/University of Twente) The forbidden gap of a photonic crystal is the ideal area to safely isolate a single photon or electron, which can be used to store quantum information. On the flip side, however, the gap is a victim of its own perfection because humans have been locked out, too — until now.

Science is stepping in to help sharks with the birds and the bees. (Shutterstock)
Science is stepping in to help sharks with the birds and the bees. (Shutterstock) In the largest-ever study of artificial insemination in sharks, scientists overnighted the animals' semen to U.S. aquariums across state borders and successfully impregnated 20 females that subsequently birthed 97 pups, including some from rare asexual "virgin births."

A new solar probe is documenting what the sun is sending our way. (Pixabay/Dimitris Vetsikas)
A new solar probe is documenting what the sun is sending our way. (Pixabay/Dimitris Vetsikas) The same star that pleasantly brightens each day also ejects fiery plasma into the universe, catapulting particles toward Earth and endangering satellites and astronauts in orbit, and researchers recently provided the first direct evidence of how the sun's solar wind scatters these electrons in space.

We're running out of elbow room up in orbit. (Unsplash/NASA)
We're running out of elbow room up in orbit. (Unsplash/NASA) Low Earth orbit is reaching capacity as tech companies such as SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon race to industrialize space with satellites, and in response, physicists are attempting to lay out safe and affordable options for expanding the market into medium Earth orbit, a much riskier arena.

Scientists are using pulsars to test Einstein's most famous theory. (Jurik Peter)
Scientists are using pulsars to test Einstein's most famous theory. (Jurik Peter) Scientists are looking to new discoveries of some of the most extreme objects in the universe, pulsars, to test Einstein's theory of general relativity, figuring that if a theory stands strong even through the wildest of circumstances, one can safely say it's probably accurate.

There's a new way to make sure surgeons don't leave anything behind when they're done. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
There's a new way to make sure surgeons don't leave anything behind when they're done. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) A novel X-ray image database could assist radiologists in identifying medical equipment left inside patients' bodies after surgery, addressing a recurring problem involving items ranging from soft sponges and surgical masks to blades, needles and retractors.

Students'  use of e-cigarettes to smoke pot varied among racial and ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Students'  use of e-cigarettes to smoke pot varied among racial and ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) A new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that use of marijuana in e-cigarettes at least once varies by racial group among U.S. youth, highlighting the importance of equitable implementation of health education and targeted intervention strategies against vaping as it becomes increasingly common.