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Sensor devices to predict freak weather
Learning about evolution by studying fruitflies
Amitabh Joshi observes fruitflies and their behaviour in various situations like adaptation of fruit-fly populations to crowding where he says that the story is not as simple as it looks.This gives him insights into evolutionary biology ...
Discovery of millions of new microbes opens ‘huge frontier'
Discovery of millions of new microbes has opened a ‘huge frontier' in science. Scientists have discovered millions of tiny microbes, hitherto unknown to science, at the bottom of the sea.These organisms include microbes of ...
New human malaria species
Scientists investigating ovale malaria, a form of the disease thought to be caused by a single species of parasite, have confirmed that the parasite is actually two similar but distinct species which do not reproduce with each other, according ...
New technology means easy, more profitable web advertising
Placing internet ads on websites will be easier and more profitable in the future thanks to a new technology developed at the University of Toronto that allows ads to be resized to fit any available website space.Internet ads are ...
Alcohol consumption makes allergies worse
You may want to lay off alcohol for a while. Studies have found that alcohol can cause or worsen the common symptoms of asthma and hay fever, like sneezing, itching, headaches and coughing.But the problem is not always the alcohol ...
Arid regions drier, high rainfall regions wetter
A stronger water cycle due to global warming means arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions wetter as atmospheric temperature ...
Gene that regulates hair growth identified
Activation of the gene Lhx2 leads to more hair growth. The gene is active during the hair follicle's growth phase and turned off during the resting period. Follicles in which Lhx2 has been inactivated can't produce ...
Improved prospects of alien life in our galaxy
Rocky planets are commonplace in our galaxy. White dwarfs, the remnants of stars that were once like our sun, show contamination by heavier elements and possibly even water, improving the prospects for extraterrestrial ...
Einstein theory robust, across vast time, space
Chandra X-ray Observatory's observations of galaxy clusters, undercut a rival gravity model to General Relativity, while showing that Einstein's theory works over a vast range of times and distances across the ...
Loss of reflectors' light from moon due to dust
Light bounced off reflectors on the moon is fainter than expected and mysteriously dims even more whenever the moon is full. Scientists think dust on the front surface of the reflectors could account for both ...
Bumblebees have the fastest colour vision
Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research. This gives bumblebees the fastest colour vision of all animals, allowing them to easily navigate shady bushes to find ...
A tilting cart offers relief to animals and workers in the field
The innovation is in response to a long-felt need among farmers
Management of aphids in coriander
Coriander, popularly known as ‘ Dhania,' is an important condiment. It is grown in kitchen gardens as well as in vast land areas for herbage and seed purposes.This plant is frequently attacked by two species of aphids such as ...
Intercrops in plantain
Can I plant watermelon as an intercrop in my banana ( cavandish variety) plantation in two acres? I have planted the banana suckers during the last week of January.V. JaganathanTamil NaduIt is not the correct season ...
Coconut milk from about 10 coconuts should be taken. Equal quantity of buttermilk must be mixed with the coconut milk and kept inside a container for about a week . This solution is called as farmer's cytosome. About one litre of this cytosome ...
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