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Very little research on Himalayan glaciers
Very little has been said about the future of Himalayas-Hindukush on which 40 per cent of the world’s population depends for water


UN to review claim
The UN’s international panel of climate scientists have begun reviewing a disputed claim in its 2007 report that said Himalayan glaciers could melt entirely by 2035. The review follows a New Scientist article last ...

The curious case of patent agents
Patent Agents are `hybrid' professionals whose area of practice is at the intersection of law and science. The nature of their work, which involves preparing patent specification (a document which embodies the rights in a patent) and prosecuting ...

The fantastic armour of a wonder snail
It's physical and mechanical traits are under studyIt leads to new ideas for materials for military uses

Yasuni National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on earth
Scientists have confirmed that an average upland hectare (2.47 acres) in Yasun¡ National Park, Ecuador, contains more tree species, 655, than are native to the continental United States and Canada combined. The number of tree species rises to ...

Highly sensitive ozone sensor
Researchers have developed a highly-sensitive, miniaturised mobile ozone sensor which can be used not only in the air, but also in water and near explosive gases. Ozone is a powerful oxidising agent and can cause a wide range of ...

Small cars the best way to reduce emissions
An Oxford University study says the best way to reduce emissions in the short term is a `drastic downscaling of both size and weight' of conventional petrol and diesel ...

Species can coexist in mercurial weather
Among species that have different optimal temperatures for growth, in a fluctuating weather scenario, neither can get the upper hand and the two coexist, unlike in steadily changing conditions, according to ...

Less degradation of oil from Exxon Valdez spill
Low concentrations of oxygen and nutrients in the lower layers of the beaches of Alaska’s Prince William Sound are slowing the aerobic biodegradation of oil remaining from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. ...

An insect colony works like a `super organism'
Insect colonies follow some of the same biological "rules" as individuals, a finding that suggests insect societies operate like a single "super organism" in terms of their physiology and life ...

Vindication for fig's non-pollination by wasp
In exchange for the pollination service provided by the wasp, the fig fruit harbours the wasp's developing young. However, when wasps do not pollinate the fig, the fruit drops, killing the young ...

Japan goes hi-tech ahead of hay fever time
These pollen-robots, will be placed nationwide in Japan to send reports of pollen levels, temperatures, humidity and air pressure to a weather forecasting company through the Internet, ahead of the hay fever ...
Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Traditional wisdom helps develop good, disease-resistant varieties
‘Neither the scientists nor the Government responds enthusiastically’

Mulberry root rot: a threat to sericulture
Mulberry root rot is a serious threat which may cause cent per cent loss if left undetected.The disease is caused by the soil-borne fungal pathogen, Fusarium solani and F.oxysporum which become active ...

Sustaining milk production
A cow yielding 6-8 litres of milk per day could be sustained by providing 25-30 kg of green fodder containing cereals and leguminous fodder such as Hedge Lucerne, stylo, cow pea, desmodium etc. depending upon the body weight. Cereal fodder ...


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