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Chile: where three tectonic plate boundaries meet
The Chile Ridge where new ocean crust is formed is in the Nazca-Antarctic Plate boundary

Soluble fibre boosts immune system
In an experiment, laboratory mice consumed low-fat diets that were identical except that they contained either soluble or insoluble fibre. After six weeks on the diet, the animals had distinctly different responses when the scientists induced ...

How fish are able to tell species apart
That may be true for people, who have a difficult time telling some damselfish species apart. But the fish themselves see it differently, according to a study in Current Biology. They can use ultraviolet facial patterns to tell one species ...

Chile quake may have shortened a day
The earthquake that struck Chile on February 27 may have shifted the Earth's axis and created shorter days, according to scientists at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Richard Gross, a geophysicist at Nasa's Jet Propulsion ...

Using own skin cells to repair heart
University of Houston's biomedical scientist Robert Schwartz has devised a method for turning ordinary human skin cells into heart cells.The cells developed are similar to embryonic stem cells and ultimately can be made into early-stage ...

New estimate of Alaska's glacier melt
A research team, led by Étienne Berthier of the Laboratory for Space Studies in Geophysics and Oceanography at the Université de Toulouse in France, says that glacier melt in Alaska between 1962 and 2006 contributed about one-third ...

Global warming will affect rainfall patterns
Analysis of global model warming projections finds that ocean temperature patterns in the tropics and subtropics will change in ways that will lead to significant changes in rainfall ...

Tree-dwelling mammals enjoy more longevity
Mammals which spend most of their time up a tree enjoy longevity over those which scurry on the ground. Arboreal ancestry may partially explain why humans have such a long lifespan relative to other ...

Highly efficient process turns bio-mass to fuel
A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a highly efficient, environmentally friendly process that selectively converts gamma-valerolactone, a bio-mass derivative, into the chemical equivalent of jet ...

How genes interact in a plant for a crucial step
The most important decision for a plant is setting up the root/shoot axis, during the early embryonic stages. Now, it is shown how genes interact in complex ways to establish organs on the axis, useful for farming ...

Studying water to unlock secrets of life
A batch of new discoveries about water, suggest that an individual water molecule's interactions with its neighbors could be manipulated to solve some of the world's thorniest problems — from agriculture to ...

Knowing chemistry can help one cook better
A biochemist and cook explains that cooking is all about chemistry and knowing some facts can help chefs understand why recipes go wrong. As cooking is essentially a series of chemical reactions, it is helpful to know some ...

Scientists must collaborate with cultivators for better results
‘What is the use of a seed which germinates but does not reproduce'

New project to identify best approaches in agriculture
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a new project, Global Futures for Agriculture, to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries. Focused on evaluating promising ...

Farm Query
Where can I get authentic information on casuarina and other tree seedlings in Tamil Nadu? Is it true that casuarina grows in any soil type?K. Vinita BhaskaranPollachi, Tamil NaduFor details and booklet, you can contact ...

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