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Decoding a sulphate breathing bug
SCIENTISTS HAVE sequenced the genome of a sulphate-breathing bacterium that can damage oil and natural gas pipelines and corrode oilfield equipment. The microbe, Desulfovibrio vulgaris, plays a role in a process called ...
Global extent of plastic waste revealed
HUMANS ARE smearing the oceans with plastic, according to British scientists who sifted shorelines to find microscopic fragments of stockings, yoghurt pots, rope, shopping bags and bleach bottles everywhere they looked. The spread of polymer ...
Software corrects chip errors early
MICROCHIP FEATURES which today measure less than 37 nanometres (about 1.5 millionths of an inch) in width are expected to shrink to 25 nanometres (about 1 millionth of an inch) by 2007. Microchip miniaturisation is making measurement of ...
Ilya Prigogine: poet of thermodynamics
Prigogine came out with his ideas on "Order out of Chaos" through his theories on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and dissipative structures.
`Junk' DNA reveals vital role
SCIENTISTS ARE puzzling over a collection of mystery DNA segments that seem to be essential to the survival of virtually all vertebrates. But their function is completely unknown. The segments, dubbed `ultra conserved elements', lie in the ...
Eyes and ears of the cyber age
Recent media coverage of prisoner abuse in Iraq, had its origins in tools we may soon take for granted Internet, digital cameras and mobile phones. Anand Parthasarathy suggests why no government, in future, can ever hope to keep such things under wraps.
Managing rat attack in coconut
DAMAGE CAUSED by rats in India to coconut is estimated to be 5 to 10 per cent of the total production. Common species in India are the house rat (Rattus rattus) and the burrowing rat (Bandicota bengalensis). House rats enter ...
Novel technique to boost Amla yield
AMLA (PHYLLANTHUS emblica), is a prime constituent of thriphala and is known for its high medical value. The improved selection: varieties like Anand, Banarasi, BSR-1, Chakya, Kanchan, Krishna and NA7 bear attractive fruits and fetch good ...
ANSWER: You may contact the Dean, College of Horticulture and Research Institute, TamilNadu Agricultural University (TANUVAS), Coimbatore 641 003.
ANSWER: For details you may contact Director of Oilseeds Research, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad - 500 030, mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTION: Where can I get best breed of rabbit for meat and the address of research centres which breed such rabbits? Dr. R.Gautam, Guntur, A.P. ANSWER:You may contact the Director, Lam Farms, Guntur, 512 034, A.P. for more ...
IN COCONUT cultivation, farmers should take special care in selecting appropriate coconut hybrids that are ideally suited to the agro-climatic conditions of their area in general, and their holdings in particular, according to Dr. P. M. Kumaran, ...
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