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A Venus flytrap for nuclear waste
The new material traps only its desired prey, Caesium

Tiny implant to restore vision shows promise
The diseases macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa lay waste to photoreceptors, the cells in the retina that turn light into electrical signals carried to the brain. The damage leaves millions of people worldwide with sight loss. ...

Sharper minds from exercise in older women
Older women who did an hour or two of strength training exercises each week had improved cognitive function a year later, scoring higher on tests of the brain processes responsible for planning and executing tasks, a new study has found. ...

Diamond is a million times harder than thought
Diamond is the hardest object on earth, strong enough to slice through glass and steel.Surprisingly, very little is known about its strength under extreme conditions. But Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) scientists proved that ...

Shedding light on the early evolution of bats
The link between the larynx and the ear via the stylohyal bone in the hyoid chain is unique to bats that use laryngeal echolocation, distinguishing them from bats that use tongue clicks. This find sheds light on early evolution of ...

Gecko study could aid electronics in a big way
A way to transfer forests of aligned, single-walled carbon nanotubes from one surface to another — any surface — in minutes has been found. The study was inspired by the gecko’s ability to stick to any surface. ...

Semi-arid region’s pine forests can heat too
The less dense semi-arid pine forest, with its limited water supply, is not cooled by evaporation. The open spaces between trees, enable easy heat transfer from the leaves to air currents due to big surface ...

Principles of crystal growth key to thin films
If the principles of crystal growth uncovered recently can be applied to the atomic scale, scientists will be able to better control the growth of thin films used to manufacture electronic ...

Haiti’s capital under hi-tech aerial survey
Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, is being swept with high-tech imaging integrated into a small aircraft to survey damage, detect fires, chemical spills and surface contamination on lakes or ...

Increase in wave height in Pacific northwest
A major increase in maximum ocean wave heights off the Pacific Northwest in recent decades which is still getting bigger has raised special concerns for flooding, coastal erosion and structural ...

Fluctuating sea levels
The sea level in Israel has been rising and falling over the past 2,500 years, with a one-metre difference between the highest and lowest ...

Role of land plants
Land plants and river landscapes co-evolved. Plant roots stabilised the river banks, thus making rivers more confined and narrower.


Speaking Of Science

On the bequeathal of Basu’s body
In the passing away of Shri. Jyoti Basu, we lost a great public-spirited leader. A lot has been said about how he empowered the poor through land reforms and by implementing panchayat raj. Some had also remarked how he, an atheist, admired ...


Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Bio-waste gasifier that works out cheaper than grid power
Fuel consumption is almost 30-40 per cent less than that of other designs

Kisan mela at Indian Institute of Spices Reseach
The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode and its Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) are together organizing a Kisan Mela from February 8 to 12, showcasing various field technologies for the benefit of the farming community. The ...


FARM QUERIES
Groundnut with more oil
Dhiraj 101 crop variety contains 42-45 per cent oil content, matures in 95-105 days and bears 35-40 pods per plant. The variety is also resistant to stem rot For details contact Mr. Dhirajlal Virjibhai Thummar, Via Mota Akadiya, PO Pipal lag, ...


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