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Separating uranium from plutonium
Utilisation of the supercritical carbon dioxide gas for reprocessing is considered as one of the major directions in green chemistry. This new method is very much superior to the presently used Purex process as uranium and plutonium are extracted as separate solutions.
Coral reefs' decline began centuries ago
GLOBAL WARMING and pollution are commonly blamed for decline of coral reefs, but new research shows the downfall of those resplendent signatures of tropical oceans actually may have begun centuries ago. According the journal Science, the ...
Measuring Earth's movement in Turkey
MORE THAN 30 magnitude-7 quakes have rocked Turkey over the past century. Earthquakes are such a way of life in this second-world country that seismologists are celebrities. Eric Sandvol the geophysicist at the University of Missouri-Columbia ...
Polymer foams as charge carriers
A RESEARCH team in Austria has been unravelling the secrets of the charging of plastic foams. Its findings open the way for the development of flat microphones and loudspeakers, as well as `smart' surfaces that could be used as floor coverings, ...
Eco-friendly way to dispose of nuclear waste
SCIENTISTS FROM the University of Strathclyde, collaborating with an international team from Imperial College, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory(RAL), ITU (Karlsruhe) and the University of Jena, have turned radioactive isotope Iodine-129, a major ...
Fastest detailed computer simulations of the Internet
The fast simulations will help improve speed, reliability and security of future networks such as the Internet.
Replacing the eye lens' content with a gel
A NEAT fix for ageing eyes could be tested in humans next year. The treatment, which involves replacing the contents of the lens in the eye with a soft polymer gel, could allow millions of people to throw away their reading glasses. ``At ...
Throwing light on learning and memory
Blocking the crucial last step a tiny modification of a protein called GluR2 makes it possible to see if weakening connections among nerve cells contribute to learning and memory
Diagnosing chronic fatigue? Check for sinusitis
A NEW study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates a possible link between unexplained chronic fatigue and sinusitis, two conditions previously not associated with each other. Also newly noted was a relationship ...
Why taste and smell differ among individuals
A TEAM at the Weizmann Institute of Science, headed by Prof. Doron Lancet of the Molecular Genetics Department, has found why we argue about flavours. In our genome, around 1,000 genes code for the nose's odour-detecting receptors (responsible ...
Quake resistant design, construction
WHEN THE ground shakes, the base of a building moves with the ground, and the building swings back-and-forth. If the building were rigid, then every point in it would move by the same amount as the ground. But, most buildings are flexible, and ...
Managing rhinotracheitis in cattle
INFECTIOUS BOVINE Rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a contagious viral disease of cattle, caused by Bovine herpes virus-1. In some of the farms, serological evidence of IBR infection is present in breeding bulls. Exotic and crossbred animals are most ...
Copper deficiency in cane
COPPER IS essential for the activation of oxidase enzymes and has indirect effect on nodule formation by the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing microorganisms Rhizobia and Frankia in the plant root. Generally in copper deficient plants the leaves turn ...
When data disaster strikes
The business of keeping people in business, is a global $ 4 billion industry and as last week's massive power break down in the U.S. and Canada showed, disaster recovery is still a work in progress. Anand Parthasarathy examines both ends of the technology spectrum.
Improved banana cultivation using fertigation techniques
DRIP IRRIGATION helped in getting uniform bunches of banana with even ripening, and in creating a good micro-climate. It saves as much as 50 per cent water. "Now I could raise banana in two hectares with the same quantity of water we used for ...
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