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Public cord-blood banking becomes a reality in Chennai
Monazite sand does not cause excess cancer incidence
Now it is official. In the January 2009 issue of the Health Physics Journal, researchers from the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Thiruvananthapuram, and their collaborators have shown that there is no excess cancer risk to ...
Bright lights, not-so-big pupils
A team of Johns Hopkins neuroscientists has worked out how some newly discovered light sensors in the eye detect light and communicate with the brain. The report appears online this week in Nature. These light sensors ...
Effective treatment for a deadly form of cancer
Experts have claimed that they have discovered an effective treatment for deadly cancer — neuroblastoma — by applying new science with a 40-year-old known drug in the market. Michelle Haber, a molecular and cellular biologist ...
How crabs find their way home
Most animals have the ability to return home from a foraging trip, even if home is nowhere in sight. They do this at least partly through path integration — using information about direction and distance to return to a starting point. ...
Coral reefs recovering rapidly post tsunami
A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society reported a rapid recovery of coral reefs in areas of Indonesia. This follows the tsunami that devastated the coastal regions. ...
Spin of the Earth is slowing down minutely
The spin of the Earth is slowing down. This is due to the cumulative effect of friction from the ocean’s tides, the Moon’s orbital momentum, snow (and the lack thereof) at the polar ice caps among others. ...
Method to measure thin insulating film strength
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a method to measure the toughness of the thin insulating films. The films play a critical role in integrated circuits. ...
Embryonic stem (ES) cells derived from rats
Researchers at the University of Southern California have, for the first time in history, derived embryonic stem cells from rats. This enables creation of more effective animal models for studying a range of diseases. ...
Why locusts have a tendency to swarm
It would be disadvantageous for locusts to continue indefinitely in a dispersed distribution as their population explodes. The switch to a swarm disrupts the connections in the predators’ network of food ...
Affordable method to convert algae to energy
Nicholas Eckelberry, inventor of OriginOil, shows how a simple 99-cent coupling is used in a Helix BioReactor model to enable algae growth. OriginOil is in the race to find an affordable way to convert algae to energy. ...
Sustainable farming: low investment, maximum returns
Mult-seed sowing is an ideal solution for improving soil fertility
Mealy bug — a new threat to cotton cultivation
Cotton crops in Punjab, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are being seriously infested with mealy bugs during the last 2-3 cropping seasons. In Tamil Nadu the pest has been observed in Salem, Coimbatore, ...
New drumstick variety
Is there any moringa (drumstick) tree variety which bears all through the year? If any such variety is available kindly guide me as to whom should I contact. S. Peethambaram Kasaragod, KeralaYou ...
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