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Einstein's Relativity Theory confirmed
EINSTEIN WAS right after all. Satellites that have been pulled slightly off their orbits show that earth is indeed twisting the fabric of space-time as it rotates, scientists said recently. This confirms one of the last untested predictions of ...
Ending drought in India's scientific recognition
THERE MAY be a Sir C.V. Raman or an S. Chandrasekar proving to the world what Indians are capable of. Unfortunately, such reminders do not come often. And we are forced to live on past glory. Thanks to Dr. Baldev Raj, Director of the Kalpakkam ...
Fighting flu with medicaments from natural medicine
For those wishing to take a belt-and-braces approach, taking vitamin C and black elderberry extract together is recommended.
High tides trigger quakes
HIGH TIDES can impose enough stress on some shallow faults to trigger earthquakes, according to a new comparison of tides and earthquake activity around the world. The report was published in Science. Elizabeth Cochran and colleagues ...
High salt intake increases BP
ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2004, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), U.K., launched a nationwide campaign to reduce salt intake levels and save lives. It coincided with the Annual National Blood Pressure Week. This move was expected. At least 26 million ...
IT TRENDS
Desktop Linux — a reality check
Enterprises may hedge their bets by a partial migration; but can Open Systems provide a robust alternative on the stand-alone platform? Anand Parthasarathy examines the Linux experience for lay users.
Air, rather than oxygen, could reduce infant mortality
CONTRARY TO the long-held belief that 100 per cent oxygen is better than air for babies requiring ventilation in the first few minutes of life, a study suggests that provision of air could reduce infant mortality. The study is published in The ...
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Managing late emerging weeds in groundnut
ONE OF the major constraints in groundnut production is weed menace. Besides competing for nutrients, soil moisture, sunlight, weeds inhibit pegging, pod development in groundnut and interfere with harvesting. Weed competition is critical up to ...
Biomanagement of sugarcane effluent
Whatever the earthworm eats is transformed into organic fertilizer. The worm excretions or `castings' in vermiculture are rich in organic nitrates, phosphates and potash. Vermicompost Vermiculture is used to ...
Aphid control in cotton
THE COTTON aphid Aphis gossypii is a serious pest of cotton. The colour of the cotton aphid varies from yellow to dark depending upon climatic factors. The population growth is very high due to the parthenogenetic and viviparous modes of ...
High yielding, early-maturing mustard variety
SCIENTISTS AT the Division of Genetics at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have developed high-yielding and early-maturing mustard (Brassica juncea) variety. Maturing in about 148 days, the improved variety has ...
FARM QUERIES
Micro organisms
QUESTION: Can one mix Psuedomonas and Tricoderma viride with Azozpirillum and Phospho bacteria for applying in paddy fields? S. Rengarajan, Dindugal, Tamil Nadu ANSWER: Generally all the beneficial ...
Botanical name
ANSWER: The botanical name for Chundakai is Solanum torvum. Readers are invited to send their queries with full postal address to `Farm Queries', The Hindu, Kasturi Buildings, 859/860, Anna Salai,Chennai 600002 or email ...

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