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Xenophobia may slow scientific progress
SARIA MOHAMED Hassan's dream of becoming a doctor was interrupted for a year when she left the U.S. to conduct a brief malaria workshop in Dakar, Senegal, and then found herself stranded in a bureaucratic no-man's land: Her international student ...


Animal power for desalination
BULLOCKS WILL soon be helping Indian villagers purify their drinking water instead of pulling ploughs. The animals will supply energy for a desalination system that will provide clean water to villages with no electricity. The first system is ...
Degradable biopolymer
ONE OF the worst pollution menaces of modern times is packaging plastic, because of its poor degradability. Paper is being pushed as an alternative, but it lacks the strength and convenience of plastic. A 42 month research project involving ...
Variable geometry turbochargers for diesel cars
FUEL ECONOMY and environmental considerations have influenced penetration of diesel cars in European markets. The primary requirement for the choice of a diesel engine to a passenger car is the reduction of weight of the engine without ...
Resting tires migrating songbirds
MIGRATING BIRDS may expend more energy resting than they do on flight, according to a report in Nature. The research could help improve our understanding of songbird ecology and hence aid in their conservation, the researchers speculate. ...
Growing green gold
A NEW way to make gold from inside the cells of a micro-organism is published in Nanotechnology. Researchers from the National Chemical Laboratory and the Armed Forces Medical College, both in Pune, India, have been using `green chemistry' ...
Vehicular traffic and carcinogen levels
ASSESSING A community's cancer risk could be as simple as counting the number of trucks and cars that pass through the neighbourhood. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have identified a significant association ...
Calf saliva improves toothpaste
ANTI-BACTERIAL chemicals formed by the saliva of suckling calves could soon be added to products such as toothpastes and antiseptic creams. The chemicals are part of the antibiotic arsenal in cow's milk that helps protect newborn calves while ...
New insight into deafness
NEW INSIGHTS into the causes of human deafness and balance disorders by studying the inner ear of chickens has been gained by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The research provides new clues as to why birds ...
First mule clone
While researchers have cloned a variety of other animals, they have been unable to clone horses or their `equine' relatives until now. The new research published in Science may thus offer insights into cloning other species that have ...
Information Technology

Driving the `e-mandi'
Enabling companies to graduate from bricks to clicks to sell their wares, is the latest business opportunity. Anand Parthasarathy discovers that many of the top international players in this emerging niche have `desi' origins.

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Multiple-resistant rice for Kuttanad
RICE BREEDERS at the Rice Research Station of the Kerala Agricultural University at Moncompu, have developed a high yielding rice variety with multiple resistance, and it has been found to do well in the Kuttanad rice belts. Released for ...

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