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What invalidating breast cancer gene patents implies
Myriad was holding an exclusive licence. The invalidation means more choice for patients

Super-heavy element 117 created
A collaboration of Russian and US physicists has finally created element 117 — a super-heavy element made of atoms containing 117 protons that is roughly 40 per cent heavier than lead.The achievement fills in the final gap on the ...

Rising temperatures in U.S. streams, rivers
New research by a team of ecologists and hydrologists has shown that water temperatures are increasing in many streams and rivers throughout the United States, according to a press release issued recently by the University of ...

Archaeologists uncover site untouched for 6,000 years
The period saw the first emergence of social inequalityThe potential for findings makes the project a big one

Weak link between fruit, vegetable and low cancer risk
The study included 142,605 men and 335,873 women

Pattern in Earth's long-term climate record found
In an analysis of the past 1.2 million years, University of California, Santa Barbara, geologist Lorraine Lisiecki discovered a pattern that connects the regular changes of the Earth's orbital cycle to changes in the Earth's climate. The ...

Male hormone, early death
Men with a lower-than-average level of the male sex hormone testosterone die earlier, a German study has found, but scientists said recently they were not sure why. The study tracked 1,954 German men aged 20 to 79 for seven years, after which ...


SNAPSHOTS
Andes mountains rose gradually, not rapidly
New modelling studies of past oxygen isotope ratios indicate that the Andes mountains did not rise about 8,200 to 11,500 feet in 3 million years as previously believed but the rise was ...

Energy crops' residue removal affects soil
Crop residue removal of energy crops can adversely impact soil and environment with negative results for soil structure, reduce soil carbon sequestration, increase water erosion, reduce nutrient cycling and crop ...

Spray extends life of leaves, flowers greatly
Spraying low concentrations of a compound known as thidiazuron (TDZ) has significant, sometimes spectacular, effects in extending the life of potted plants' leaves and flowers. Greenhouse tests validated this ...

Superconducting wires for more efficient grids
Almost anything in the power grid can be more efficient if high temperature superconducting wires are used. Superconducting cables can transmit up to 10 times more power than current copper cables without significant ...

Indoor facility speeds up cell phone testing
By accurately re-creating the jumbled wireless signal environment of a city business district in an indoor test facility, researchers have lopped hours off the process of testing the capabilities of new cell ...

First-of-its-kind study on board space shuttle
In a first-of-its-kind experiment, on board the space shuttle Discovery, the unique conditions of spaceflight will be used to examine how cells remain healthy or succumb to disease, more so in the face of stress or ...
Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Successful transplantation technique goes unrecognised
The farmer is yet to be recognised by the government or scientists

New products for disease management in sericulture
Asthra is a botanical formulation


FARM QUERY
Drought and tree growing
How does one water saplings (tree varieties) planted in drought prone regions?Richard NichellsNigeriaMr. Premjibhai Patel, Rajkot, Gujarat, developed a technique for tree seedlings in severe water scarcity regions ...


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