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Genome sequencing becomes cost effective
Combining existing technologies in a unique way could revolutionise genetic research by saving time and money. A once-important but rarely used molecular technique is combined with newer methods.
Global warming lengthens day
GLOBAL WARMING caused by increasing manmade carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will lengthen the day, according to a study published in the journal, Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers at Belgium's Royal Observatory and the Catholic ...
Newton's gravitation constant stands challenged
A RUSSIAN physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced experimental data that may topple one of science's most cherished dogmas that Newton's constant of gravitation, famously symbolised by a large `G,' remains ...
Flywheel batteries come around again
Flywheel batteries can improve power quality by storing energy near the load (where it is needed), ready to take up the slack anytime the main power feed is temporarily interrupted by lightning hitting a transformer.
Information Technology
Bridging the `disability divide'
Many who have access to IT, face an additional hurdle — a physical impairment that makes it difficult to use computer tools. Anand Parthasarathy reviews recent efforts to build `assistive technologies' into mainstream IT products that could eventually help the blind see again.

Health & Medicine
Trees could protect against skin cancer
Factors such as altitude, latitude (distance from the equator), time of day and tree cover influence the amount of UV-B exposure.
Holding the prefrontal responsible
ARE YOU moody? If so, then there is a small area near the front of your brain an inch or two behind your right eye (if you are right handed) that is probably working overtime. That is the conclusion of a study, published in the Proceedings of ...
Determining age with blood
BIOLOGISTS WHO want to find out how old an animal is usually have to kill it. After that they count the growth rings in its bones. But now there is an easy way to find out the age from just a drop of the animal's blood. The technique exploits ...

Agriculture
Bush-type French beans
A HIGH-YIELDING, bush-type French beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) highly suitable for cultivation in the high, middle and lower elevations of the Niligiris and other similar hilly tracts has been released for commercial cultivation by the Tamil ...

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