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Wooing passengers with convenience
Railways is using bank's ATMs to issue tickets and hopes to hook passengers into using the Net to book tickets. It has already made a foray into using smart card technology.


Artificial body parts from composite organic material
A NEW CLASS of all organic composites that change shape under an electric voltage may open the door for the manufacture of artificial muscles, smart skins, capacitors, and tiny drug pumps, according to Penn State researchers. "Electroactive ...
Thicker storm clouds over tropics
OVER WARMER ocean waters, tropical storm clouds become thicker, more extensive and reflect more sunlight back into space than they do over cooler waters, NASA researchers report. Using data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission ...
Model blood flow
A COMPUTER simulation that shows how branches and bends in blood vessels disturb smooth-flowing blood and contribute to heart disease has been built by researchers at the University of California, Davis and published in the Journal of ...
Quake resistant design, construction
THE POINT on the fault where slip starts is the Focus or Hypocenter, and the point vertically above this on the surface of the Earth is the Epicentre. The depth of focus from the epicentre, called as Focal Depth, is an important parameter in ...
Why active mountains don't get taller
ACTIVE MOUNTAIN ranges like the Olympic Mountains, Taiwan Central Range or the Southern Alps are still growing, but they are not getting any taller. According to an international team of geoscientists river cutting and erosion keep the heights ...
Air pollution linked with risk of exercise-induced heart damage
BREATHING POLLUTED air, especially smoky exhaust that billows from factory smokestacks and the tailpipes of some diesel-powered buses and trucks, is bad for people with heart disease, according to the first study of its kind reported in The ...
Gold — 3 billion years old
SCIENTISTS HAVE dated gold from South Africa's Witwatersrand gold deposits, source of more than 40 per cent of all gold so far mined on Earth. An international team of Geologists led by the University of Arizona has discovered that the gold ...
Speaking Of Science
Thammu Achaya — tribute to a gastronome scientist
ON THE 5th of September, India became poorer by losing a distinguished citizen — the food and nutrition expert K. Thammu Achaya of Bangalore. Born 79 years ago, of Coorgi parents in Kollegal, Tamilnadu, Dr. Achaya distinguished himself as a ...

Agriculture
Winged bean, multi-purpose tropical legume
AMONG THE tropical beans, known for their protein-rich pods and seeds, winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) is considered quite unique because of its multiple uses. A native of South Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, it was ...

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