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Drug-resistant bacteria protect the vulnerable microbes
Drug-resistant mutants produce a molecule that boosts drug tolerance in the susceptible ones


Off-the-shelf dyes improve solar cells
Cells were doused with a variety of dyesZinc oxide cell efficiency boosted 8 per cent

Car's back seats not safer than front seats
Front seats are safer than rear seats in a car, thanks to the addition of new safety features over the years.“We could save more lives and prevent more injuries if we paid the same attention to the rear seat of cars as we have to ...

Malaria mosquitoes use many kinds of sensors
In what may help develop more effective repellents, scientists claim to have discovered that malaria mosquitoes use several different kinds of odour sensors to sniff out their human prey.For years, it's known that Anopheles gambiae ...

Physical activity can reduce genetic obesity by 40 per cent
New findings from a study suggest that the genetic predisposition to obesity can be reduced by an average of 40 per cent through increased physical activity. Although the whole population can benefit from a physically active lifestyle, in part ...

Cataract risk for unprotected interventional cardiology personnel
There is an urgent need to educate the personnel in radiation protection to reduce the likelihood of cataract


SNAPSHOTS
Breakthrough in battle against fish disease
A new genetic test developed by a Norwegian firm that quickly determines which salmon have the highest resistance to the IPN virus could mean a breakthrough in the battle against this costly ...

Gecko-inspired robot to scale smooth walls
Using the biology of a gecko's sticky foot, a robot that climbs in the same way the small reptile, gecko, can scale a wall of slick glass, with feet modelled on the intricate design of gecko toes is being ...

Sun's UV levels affect our outer atmosphere
Large shifts in the sun's energy output may drive dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere. A recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer is linked to a sharp drop in the sun's UV ...

SOFIA will shed light on universe's mysteries
How were millions of young stars able to form at the centre of our galaxy in the presence of a black hole with a mass 4 million times that of the sun? This and other questions may be answered by the NASA mission ...

Grapefruit's promise for diabetes therapy
Naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the flavor of grapefruits and other citrus fruits, may cause the liver to break down fat while increasing insulin sensitivity, a process that naturally occurs during long periods of ...

Sophisticated defence system used by plants
Plants can not only directly fend off herbivores by producing toxins, but also indirectly by emitting odorant molecules that are perceived by predatory insects which are lured to the plant and feed on the ...
Agriculture


FARMER'S NOTEBOOK
Reaping and windrowing machine to minimise grain loss
It can be used to harvest paddy, wheat, pulses and soyabean

Diamond back moth: pest on vegetable crops
It is a major pest of all cruciferous vegetable crops and cabbage and cauliflower are major host crops. The adult is a small, slender, grey brown moth. It is a weak flier. However, they are easily carried by the wind.The eggs are oval ...


FARM QUERY
Vettiver and soil erosion
Yes it is true. For details you can contact Mr. P. Haridas, Coordinator, India Vetiver Network, Thykkat Pannikot House, p.o. Thiruvali- 679 348, Malappuram district, Kerala, email: pottekadharidas@gmail.com, phone: 0483-2721168, mobile: ...


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