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Sheep death: no test for Bt toxin done
“The facility for detection and estimation of Bt toxin is presently not available with us,” notes the diagnostic report dated March 3, 2008 of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar, U.P. And by stating ...


Prevalence of dementia in India underestimated
Prevalence is 7.5 per cent in Chennai and 10.6 per cent in Vellore, TN

Turning waste heat from exhaust into electricity
Researchers have invented a new material that will make cars even more efficient, by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity. The same technology could work in power generators and heat pumps, said project leader ...

Construction material using chicken feathers
Experimental boards made of a mixture of waste chicken feathers and cement are displayed at the University of the Philippines. The material, resistant to the region’s termites, is a way to dispose of millions of kg of waste feathers. ...

Salt in Martian soil less friendly to life?
NASA’s Phoenix spacecraft has detected the presence of a chemically reactive salt in the Martian soil. Scientific opinion is divided on whether the salt makes the soil less friendly to potential life than once believed. ...

Dicynodonts, predator dinosaur bones found
Bones of dicynodonts and predator dinosaurs were discovered by palaeontologists in the village Lisowice, Poland. One of the predator dinosaurs is a previously unknown ancestor of Tyrannosaurus Rex. ...

Effect of human yawning on pets nearby
According to research published recently, a yawn is likely to set off pets as well. Psychologists found that dogs were far more likely to break into a yawn if they witnessed humans simulating the ...

Leaf and flower shaped organic solar cells
Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has developed leaf and flower shaped organic solar cells. An AIST employee displays a prototype model at a solar power exhibition. ...

Primate extinction threat worsening
A gorilla sits in its enclosure at London Zoo. Almost half the world’s primates are facing a worsening threat of extinction because of anthropogenic activities, says an international report. ...
Speaking Of Science

Umari keerai and global warming
Green plants and algae absorb carbon dioxide


Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Innovative aquaculture practices pay dividends
The new sluice structure designed doesn’t require much maintenance

Pest and disease management in coconut
Coconut is the major crop cultivated by small and marginal farmers of south India, particularly Kerala. This perennial crop is affected by many pests. The major pests attacking coconut are rhinoceros beetle, red palm weevil coconut ...


FARM QUERIES
Ginger garlic extract
About 1 gm of ginger and garlic each, 2gm of green chilli and 5 litres of cow’s urine and water are taken. The garlic, ginger and green chilli are ground into a paste and mixed with cow’s urine and water. After 10 days the mixture ...


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