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Genetic therapy cures thalassaemia
Though the patient has not required any blood transfusion for the last 2 years, risk of cancer has to be continuously monitored


World's largest wind farm set to open
The world's largest offshore wind farm, which cost more than GBP750m to build, is poised to begin generating power off the coast of Kent, south-east England, with 100 turbines producing enough electricity to supply heat and light for some ...

Melting sea ice forces walruses ashore
Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.U.S. government scientists say this massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States.But it ...

Indian farmers' visit America's biggest farm show
Croplife International, Crop life Asia and the Association of Biotechnology led enterprises special Interest group of Agri Biotechnology (Able-sigab) invited a delegation of Indian farmers to participate in a farm progress show held in Iowa, ...

Carbon capturing ‘sponges'
Australian scientists said Monday they are working to develop “molecular sponges” that they hope will soak up carbon gases and help in the fight to contain greenhouse gas pollution.Researchers at Sydney University have ...

Last strongholds for tigers
A new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups reveals an ominous finding: most of the world's last remaining tigers — long decimated by overhunting, logging, and wildlife trade — are now clustered ...

Tranquil scenes have positive impact on brain
Tranquil living environments can positively affect the human brain function, according to researchers at the University of Sheffield.The research, which was published in the journal NeuroImage, uses functional brain imaging to assess ...

‘Blade of water' disables bombs
A device that shoots a blade of water capable of cutting through steel will help soldiers disable improvised explosive device or IEDs.3,000 of them are being shipped to Afghanistan to the US soldiers.Called Stingrays, they are ...


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Origins of volcanism in U.S. Northwest debated
During the past 65 million years, the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. has experienced significant tectonic and volcanic activity. The origins of volcanism in the area have been ...

Dust from dry lake beds causes cloud formation
Wind-blown dust from dry lake beds (playas) can act as cloud condensation nuclei, encouraging the formation of clouds over continents and thereby affecting climate, a new study using air-craft-based measurements ...

The brain uses eyes to enable picking actions
By converting all of the visual information into coordinates of the eye your brain knows where your hand has to go to pick up a cup of coffee and successfully bring this to your mouth, says a new ...

Artificial skin made of nanowire material
Engineers have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires. It functions like the human skin, which means incorporating the ability to feel and touch ...

Genetic underpinning in near-sightedness found
More is now known about myopia's genetic underpinnings with the finding of several distinct spellings of DNA code near the RASGRF1 gene that had a strong association with focusing errors in ...

Human well-being going up despite degradation
Food production (which has increased globally over past decades) is more important for human well-being than are other ecosystem services. This is one explanation why human welfare is improving despite ...
Agriculture


FARMERS'S NOTEBOOK
Backyard poultry units generate income when harvest fails
Shells with brown colour fetch between Rs. 4 and Rs. 5 per egg


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