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Japan: why the killer quake was never expected
Subduction zones, where one plate dives under another, are the regions where major quakes occur. But they are hardly monitored


Artificial meat can slice emissions
The study found that growing meat in the lab rather than slaughtering animals will generate only a tiny fraction of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional livestock production.The researchers believe that their work ...

Human brain developed 80,000 years ago
Advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving.This is what new findings by archaeologists according to Lund University press release.The requirementsThe ...

Bees: climate change causes concern
Global warming has led to many plants blooming ever earlier and also before honey bees emerge from hibernation, leading to fears of a long-term decline in pollination.A combined research group centred at Munich's Technical University ...

Seven new mice species discovered
The number of native mammals known from Luzon Island (excluding bats) has risen from 42 to 49 (17 per cent).This follows the discovery by a group of American and Filipino biologists of seven previously unknown species of mammals in the ...

Most powerful supercomupter
A Japanese supercomputer named ‘K' — capable of making 8.2 quadrillion calculations per second or equivalent to a million laptops working in tandem — has been named the most powerful system in the world.The computer is ...


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Farmers must decide on input requirements of their crops
A farmer earned Rs. 3,00,000 from three acres in 9-10 months

The promise of stem cells to cure blindness
Researchers have used stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in a rare blinding disorder, another step on a promising path to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal ...

Arctic snow harbours deadly fungal assassin
Whilst Arctic snow has an insulating effect which helps plants to grow bigger, heavy and prolonged snow can, sometimes, result in the rapid and extensive growth of killer fungal ...

Human vaccine cures prostate cancer in mice
Scientists have cured prostate tumours in mice using a human vaccine with no apparent side effects. This treatment causes the immune system to rid itself of the tumours without chemotherapies and radiation ...

Solving a mystery of universe's evolution
By studying a rare particle that was present right after the Big Bang, scientists experimenting with the Large Hadron Collider hope to solve the mystery of why the universe evolved with more matter than ...

Climate fluctuations hit marine ecosystems
Fluctuations in climate can drastically affect the habitability of marine ecosystems, according to a new study by scientists that examined the expansion and contraction of low-oxygen zones in the ...

A step towards better reverse-osmosis plants
Nafion, is a polymer that conducts ions and water through its nanostructure. A way to guage its internal structure and manipulate it to enhance its use in fuel cells, organic batteries and reverse-osmosis plants has been ...
Agriculture

Agreement on grassroots knowledge extended
National Innovation Foundation-India (NIF), an autonomous body under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi today extended its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ...


FARM QUERY
Panikulangara cardamom
The variety can be cultivated under drought conditions and is less prone to pest attack. Mr. Joy Peter, a cardamom farmer from Idukki, Kerala developed this variety and has marketed about 23,000 seedlings of Panikulangara No 2 so ...


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