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India to provide oral cancer data for cancer genome project
Five hundred samples each would be taken from patients and normal individuals


Mounting threat from e-waste
India, one of the two largest markets for mobile phones in the world along with China, faces a mounting problem — how to get rid of the discarded mobiles.For, by the year 2020, the size of the discarded mobile mound will grow by ...

Why Darwin's finches' beak shape varies
In a study appearing in the February 16 Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), the researchers —— Otger Campàs and Michael Brenner, working closely with a team of Harvard evolutionary ...

New security threat against ‘smart phone' users
Computer scientists at Rutgers University have shown how a familiar type of personal computer security threat can now attack new generations of smart mobile phones, with the potential to cause more serious consequences.The researchers ...

Daytime nap boosts learning ability
People who nodded off for an hour after lunch performed better in learning tests than those who stayed awake all afternoon, the scientists found.A study of students revealed that their brains were refreshed by napping only if they ...


SHAPSHOTS
Bone-like material for better body implants
A "metal foam" that has a similar elasticity to bone could mean a new generation of biomedical implants that would avoid bone rejection that often results from more rigid implant ...

Corals are resilient despite global warming
Symbiotic relationship with algae has enabled a diversity of corals in the warm Indian ocean and they are resilient to climate change giving hope that they may persist in the face of future global warming suggests new ...

Cleaner, cheap ethanol fuel from orange peels
In a new way plant-derived enzyme cocktails are used to break down orange peels and other waste materials into sugar, which is then fermented into ethanol, turning discarded fruit peels into cheap, clean ...

Scorpion venom, rather than using morphine?
A novel painkiller, based on natural compounds, found in the venom of scorpions, that show high efficacy and specificity for certain components of the body with no side effects is under ...

Magnetic fields' role in birth of massive stars
A team of astronomers, show that magnetic fields play an important role during the birth of massive stars. Magnetic fields are already known to strongly influence the formation of lower-mass stars like our ...

Dolphins, humans share effects of common diet
New research suggests that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or ...
Speaking Of Science


SPEAKING OF SCIENCE
Best way of walking, running and jogging
“Kai veesamma kai veesu, kadaikku pohalam kai veesu” runs the Tamil nursery rhyme. “Swing your arms while you walk, as we go to the shop to buy sweets” sings the fond parent/grandparent to the toddler taking her ...


Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Innovations to remove the drudgery of manual labour
The device can be used to spray one acre of land in 45 minutes

Control of slugs and snails in gardens
Slugs and snails with their rasping tongue cause damage by making irregular holes on leaves, flowers and fruits. They also trample young plants in the nursery. Their excrement leaves cabbage, green leaf vegetables and fruits unfit for ...

Mango orchard
I am planning to start a mango orchard in about 3 acres in my native lands near Anbil in Tamil Nadu. Can you kindly guide me to some good mango farmers nearby whom I can approach for guidance and help?G. ...


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