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Sumatra quake triggered others 8,000 km away
Large earthquakes cause redistribution of fluid (groundwater) in fault zones far away. Movement of ground water within the fault zones tends to lubricate the faults, which in turn tends to weaken them. Failing of faults ultimately causes ...


Killer quakes shake scientific thought
Scientists challenge accepted science by proposing a possible link between the Samoan and Indonesian earthquakes — 9,660 km apart

Bush administration buried e-mail warning of 2007
A controversial e-mail message buried by the Bush administration because of its conclusions on global warming surfaced October 13, nearly two years after it was sent to the White House and never opened. The e-mail and the 28-page document ...

Nuclear power: myths, realities
Nuclear power suffered because of accidents. But no one abandoned it because of accidents

Cancer can be passed on in the womb


Biomolecular computers can now ‘think logically’
Researchers have devised an advanced programme for biomolecular computers that enables them to <think> logically.Research students Tom Ran and Shai Kaplan, students of Ehud Shapiro at Weizmann Institute’s biological chemist

New 2-hour rapid test to detect H1N1 infection
The Analytik Jena AG has developed a new rapid test for detecting the virus H1N1. The new test is molecular-genetic based for the direct identification of pathogens. The infection can be detected in less than two hours. ...

Dramatic eruption of solar filaments imaged
NASA’s twin STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft, now 120 degrees apart, captured this dramatic eruption of filaments — clouds of cooler gas suspended above the Sun’s surface by magnetic forces. ...

Light-harvesting paths can now be controlled
A new method to tease out promising molecular structures for capturing energy, could speed the development of more efficient, cheaper solar cells, by testing different energy pathways to find the most efficient ...

How orangutans move through forest canopy
Movement through a complex meshwork of small branches can be dangerous for large animals. Tree vibrations can be countered by the orangutan which moves with an irregular rhythm, says a ...

Ancient mammal sheds light on human hearing
The new Cretaceous mammal Maotherium had terrestrial habits and scampered around on the ground. The chipmunk-sized mammal, 123 million years old, helps explain how human hearing evolved. ...

Producing water from dampness in the air
This windmill turbine produces drinking water by condensation from dampness of the air. This new technology allows production of water and electricity from wind power. ...
Speaking Of Science

Nobel Prize: the problem with the rule of three
Every year, the first ten days of October are a period of excitement and expectation in scientific circles. This year was no different, except it also warmed the hearts of many Indians since the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was shared by Venkatraman ...


Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Enhancing plant growth using organic inputs
The father used conventional methods while the son favoured organic practices

Mussel scale management in cassava
Cassava often suffers from mussel scale insect attack which is a serious pest of stem in storage. The field infestation is severe during dry season.Leaves of infested plants become discoloured and gradually dry up. In severe cases ...


FARM QUERY
Groundnut shells
A farmer in Gambia called Awa Njie grows both rice and groundnut. She buries the shells into her field during ploughing the field and then plants her rice seedlings. After harvest she observed that her yield had increased. When neighbouring ...


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