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Science’s top ten breakthroughs of 2008
In its annual list of the year’s top ten scientific breakthroughs, the journal Science has given top honours to research that produced ‘made-to-order’ cell lines by reprogramming cells from ill patients. These cell ...



SNAPSHOTS
Jupiter’s moon playing a game of ’peek-a-boo’
In this image released by NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope has caught Jupiter’s moon Ganymede playing a game of ’peek-a-boo.’ Ganymede is shown just before it ducks behind the giant planet. ...

Bulbs with halogen insert save electricity
An old traditional incandescent insert (R) and a halogen insert for new technology light bulbs are seen. The European Union decided to phase out traditional household light bulbs in favour of new energy-saving models. ...

Novel method to save teeth from bacteria
Bacteria are seen on tooth surface. Clarkson University researchers have found a way to protect teeth by polishing them with silica nanoparticles. The teeth, now too ’slippery’ for the ’bad’ bacteria, can be cleaned. ...

4000-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt
One of two tombs discovered at the Saqqara necropolis about 35 kms south of Cairo. One of the tombs belonged to a King’s official and the other to a Fifth Dynasty singer who lived and performed over 4000 years ago. ...

EU ministers’ 2009 cod fish quotas agreement
EU fisheries ministers reached agreement on 2009 fish quotas, with a big increase in permitted catches of cod in the North Sea but cuts elsewhere. They also agreed to tackle the problem of fish that are thrown back. ...
Speaking Of Science

Why do we yawn?
There are several things in daily life, considered trivial, yet for which we have no easy explanation. Yawning is one such. Why do we yawn? What makes me start yawning when I see you do so? why is it contagious? Why do we yawn shortly before ...


Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Self-help groups come to the rescue of farmers, farm women too
They act as good stress busters and help farmers to unwind

Certification of organic products
Though the concept of organic agriculture has been growing at a rapid pace among farmers, “there is a major hitch among several small farmers who though practising organic methods, do not know whom to contact for obtaining a organic ...


FARM QUERIES
Manure from pigs waste
Can pig’s waste such as urine and dung be used to make manure for crops? Can you kindly give the contact details of any farmer who is practising the same? S. Jeeva Nagapattinam, Tamil NaduYou can ...


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