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Nanowires from incompatible materials
By mixing and matching a mélange of elements, entirely new classes of nanoscale products or systems can be created that would revolutionize everything from energy production to manufacturing and assembly. More


Sun is mostly iron, not hydrogen
FOR YEARS, scientists have assumed that the sun is an enormous mass of hydrogen. But in a paper to presented at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Washington, D.C., Oliver Manuel says iron, not hydrogen, is the sun's most abundant ... More
Manipulating the super-size boson
MORE ACCURATE navigational aids such as gyroscopes, next-generation sensors including magnetic and gravitational sensors and clocks will all get a boost from the research from the latest physics Nobel Prize winners, says a press release issued by ... More
Information Technology
Programming tools for Web services
The global launch today, of Microsoft's `Visual Studio.Net' provides programmers with one of the most ambitious environments ever, to tap mobile Net-enabled devices. More

Health & Medicine
Preventing the disease before it is too late
Not only do changes in diet and physical activity prevent or delay the development of diabetes, they actually help restore normal glucose levels in many people with impaired glucose tolerance. More
Tanning lamps and skin cancer risk
USERS OF tanning lamps may have an increased incidence of skin cancers and younger users may be at greatest risk, report Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) researchers, "The growing popularity of artificial tanning (for non medical reasons) among ... More
Insulin-mimicking drugs prevent obesity
THE DRAMATIC rise in the number of people classified as obese in recent years— rates have risen from 12 to 20 per cent of the population since 1991— has turned the search for an anti-fat pill from a cosmetic endeavor to a public health ... More

Speaking Of Science
Detecting cancer — try with a fly
CANCER IS a disease that results when cells in the body no longer stop dividing or proliferating beyond the normal limit, and go on an uncontrolled growth spree. The body has a well- regulated set of genetic programs that control the growth of ... More

Agriculture
Eco-friendly practices in IPM
A NUMBER of eco-friendly approaches based on indigenous knowledge, farmers' observations and scientific research have come to strengthen the integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. The cultural practices, starting from selecting the ... More
Thrips in cashew
CASHEW (Anacardium occidentale), a high income nut crop is vulnerable to infestation and damaged by more than sixty species of insect-pests throughout its growth stages. Among the suckling pests, thrips pose a major problem. About six ... More
Lily provides missing link
ONE OF the great mysteries of evolutionary biology is how, 150 or more million years ago, modern-day angiosperms (flowering plants) diverged from their closest relatives, the gymnosperms (seed-bearing plants without flowers, such as pine trees ... More
Drip irrigation for coconut
COCONUT PALM (Cocos nucifera L.) is grown in littoral sandy and coastal sandy soils. These soils are poor in fertility and water holding capacity. They also get heated up quickly which affects water and nutrient uptake. Palms grown in ... More
Drying in Tinda
FUSARIUM OXYSPORUM causes drying in Tinda ( Praecitrullus fistulosus). Fruiting and flowering are affected. In infected plants dark brown colouration is seen in the vascular region. On isolation from root and stem portions culture ... More
Tapioca for drylands
TAPIOCA (Manihot utilissima) can be grown with minimum care in dry tracts. Soils having optimum drainage and sufficient aeration suit the crop. Red soils having loose texture suit tubers. High yielding varieties like CO2, CO3 are best ... More
Boron deficiency in papaya
PAPAYA FRUIT (Caria Papaya) is susceptible to leaf curl and mosaic disease. Infected fruits suffer from Boron deficiency. This can be identified from the bumps that appear on the deformed fruit with rough surface, which turn yellow ... More

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