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One of science's great mysteries unravelled
GM plants used to fight haemophilia
Chocolate lowers blood pressure
Research shows regularly consuming as little as a square of chocolate a day helps to reduce your blood pressure and thus your chance of succumbing to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Scientists have found that people eating just 7.5 grams of ...
Clues on language learning from songbird's genome
Impending quakes detected by toads
Common toads ( Bufo bufo) can detect impending seismic activity and alter their behaviour from breeding to evacuation mode, suggests a new study in the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) Journal of Zoology.Researchers from The Open ...
Radon, lung cancer
About 1900 deaths from lung cancer per year in Germany are due to radon within residential buildings. This was the conclusion reached in the current edition of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International by Klaus Schmid of the University of ...
Larval production of Cobia fish
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), has claimed to have made a breakthrough in breeding and larval production of Cobia, a huge fish that is rarely netted by fishermen.“For the first time in the country, we ...
Producing car fuel from air using solar energy
A project aims to develop porous materials that can absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into chemicals that can be used to make car fuel in a process powered by solar ...
Dolphin's small balance organ subject of study
The smaller the semicircular canal (balance organ), the less sensitive it is, providing the animal less information about motion. A dolphin's head is large enough to hold a larger balance system. Why they are so small is under ...
Acoustic analysis of hyenas' 'laughter'
Acoustic analysis of the ‘giggle' sound made by hyenas shows that the animals' laughter encodes data about age, dominance and identity. Variations in the giggles' pitch and timbre may help hyenas to establish social ...
Yield increasing gene in hybrid tomato found
A gene that pushes hybrid tomato plants to spectacularly increase yield has been identified. The power of this gene, which controls when plants make flowers, works in different varieties of tomato, across a range of ...
Khmer civilisation fell due to natural causes
Decades of drought, interspersed with intense monsoons, brought about the fall of Cambodia's Khmer civilisation at Angkor 600 years ago, according to a study of archaeological remains, tree rings and other ...
Treating glaucoma with medicated contact lens
Vitamin E, loaded into special medicated contact lenses, can keep glaucoma medicine near the eye — where it can treat that common disease — almost 100 times longer than possible with current commercial ...
Shuttle to deliver station cargo
Correction: In the answer by Hanumanth Reddy for the question: why does milk take more time to cool than tea or coffee? of Question Corner dated March 18, I wish to state the casein should have been noted as a protein rather than fat in the ...
Ancient medical practices on livestock still prove effective
More than 12,000 animals have been administered the masala bolus
Water spray for control of papaya mealy bug
Mulberry farmers face difficulties in controlling papaya mealy bug because it escapes from insecticides and its natural enemies as it secretes and embeds in thick waxy masses.Monsoon failure followed by prolonged drought and increase in ...
Alternative to plastic
Is there any alternative to plastic bags which are used to grow seedlings?Mercy ThomasCanadaMr. Gopalbhai Suratia, from Katholi village in Baroda district, Gujarat makes cow dung cups for nursery to grow ...
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