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Take it with a pinch of salt
Findings presented at scientific meetings may be preliminary and may have undergone only limited peer review. Any study should be regarded as tentative if the results are at odds with the evidence accumulated so far.
Sea urchins reveal spiky secret
SCIENTISTS HAVE long envied sea urchins' ability to fashion spines from single, large crystals. Now they have cracked the prickly creatures' secret and made a discovery that could spur the development of dental implants and bone ...
Saturn lights up and slows down
SCIENTISTS PRESENT the first results from the plasma and radio-wave instrument aboard the Cassini spacecraft that has helped scientists better understand Saturn's lightning storms and other aspects of this ringed planet. The paper was published ...
Herbal remedies might work, after all
ANCIENT HERBAL remedies used for centuries in Indian cooking and in preparing dishes in the far-east have the potential to control diabetes and treat cancer, according to a team of London scientists. Scientific ...
Information Technology

IT TRENDS
Battle of the blue lasers
Even as consumers grapple with the complexities of multiple incompatible recording formats for the current generation of DVDs, rival camps are touting different standards for tomorrow's high density versions.

Agriculture

Control of gazarghass
GAZARGHASS (PARTHENIUM Hysterophorus), a native of Central and North America is an exotic species and being perennial can produce more than 20.000 seeds, which can germinate without any dormancy. The seeds get disseminated by water, ...
FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Early-maturing chickpea for northern plains
SCIENTISTS AT the Division of Genetics at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, have developed a high-yielding and early maturing chickpea or Bengal gram (Cicer arietinum). The improved variety has been recently ...
Cultivating cotton profitably
Always starting with a low dosage of conventional pesticides and using latest pesticide molecules as a last resort are recommemded.
FARM QUERIES
Botanical names
QUESTION: What is the botanical name for Spirulina algae? J. Karthik, Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu ANSWER: The botanical name is Spirulina platensis. Readers are invited to send their ...
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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 to ...

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