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Monday, 20-August-2018

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FIERCE GOTH FISH TURNS ITS EYES BLACK WHEN IT GETS ANGRY

8 weeks ago
Normally, its eyes are silver. But when the tiny Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) gets all worked up, the eyes turn pitch black as a warning for other guppies to rack off, scientists have discovered. And they had a fun time finding this out. Freshwater guppies - small, defenseless and popular as aquarium pets - are towards the bottom of the food chain, and when they experience a high level of predation, they don’t display a lot of aggression. However, in safer environments, such as above waterfalls, they tend to get aggressive with each other, fighting over resources such as food - and, as previous research h...
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SCIENTISTS UNVEIL GENOME OF INDIA’S NATIONAL BIRD

10 weeks ago
After a two-year-long effort, a team of researchers from IISER-Bhopal has been able to sequence the genome of India’s national bird, the peacock (Pavo cristatus). Knowledge of the genome can provide insight into the genetic reasons that enable peacocks to have ornate feathers and fly despite their weight -- two characteristics that have been puzzling scientists. The researchers have made their findings publicly available on the research pre-print server bioRXiv (pronounced bio archive). They also hope to soon publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal. The study revealed that the entire peacock ...
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TO REVIVE MYTHOLOGICAL RIVER, RELIGION AND TECHNOLOGY GO TOGETHER

11 weeks ago
Its religious mindset was never in doubt, but the first BJP government in Haryana is using technology, including space technology, to execute its project reviving and rejuvenating the mythological Saraswati river that is once said to have flowed through areas that now make up the state. The state government, which is on a “mission mode” to execute the project and has sanctioned over Rs 50 crore (over $7 million) for this, has roped in national agencies like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and the Geological Surv...
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GOOGLE ROLLS OUT SUMMER CAMPAIGN TO MAKE KIDS INTERNET AWESOME

11 weeks ago
Google India on Monday announced a fun, yet educational summer campaign that will help children across the country spend more time learning and making new discoveries, as well as teaching them how to become responsible explorers of the web. As part of the campaign, named #SummerWithGoogle, Google assigned an activity to the kids. They will release one assignment every week for four weeks, the tech giant said in a blogpost. The assignment ranges from exploring the country that is home to all the Pandas in the world on Google Earth, to saying ‘Gracias’ and ‘Por Favor’ as they learn phrases in ...
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CHILDREN DISPLAY INNOVATIVE AND ECO-FRIENDLY IDEAS

12 weeks ago
An app-driven automated food maker, an automatic dust lifting machine, a dustbin with sound alert, hand-driven waste picking and dumping cart,currency note sterilizing machine for ATMs, wrapper picker, cycle-powered road cleaner, a tiffin box that reminds children to wash hands before eating. These are some of the ideas and models on display at the Child Innovators Exhibition which opened on May 14, as the part of the sanitation fortnight organised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Abhishek Bhagat from Bhagalpur in Bihar has developed an automated electric-operated food making machine. One can chos...
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APPLE IS BRINGING ACCESSIBLE CODING TO SCHOOLS FOR BLIND, DEAF

12 weeks ago
With an aim to offer students with disabilities an opportunity to learn the language of technology, Apple is bringing an accessible coding programme to schools serving the blind and deaf communities, first to the US and then to more schools around the world. Beginning this autumn, US schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the “Everyone Can Code” curricula for Swift -- Apple’s intuitive programming language, the Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said in a statement on Thursday. “Apple’s mission is to make products as ac...
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NEW TECHNIQUE TO DETECT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

14 weeks ago
Indian researchers have developed a technique which can potentially help in rapid detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD). It is a highly sensitive electro-chemical technique, which can be used to detect different stages of the disease. The technique has been put together by researchers of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s New Delhi based Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) and Amity University, Rajasthan.  It has been developed by modifying a multi-walled carbon nanotube electrode with capture protein papain via covalent immobilization. The binding of the prob...
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NEW METHOD DEVELOPED FOR FASTER TYPHOID DIAGNOSIS

15 weeks ago
Indian scientists have developed a rapid and accurate method for diagnosis of Salmonella typhi bacteria which causes enteric fever and typhoid. The new test, developed by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, requires minimal blood quantity, besides being accurate and potentially cost-effective.  The new method uses magnetic nanoparticles coupled with antibodies. In tests, it was found that over 65 per cent bacteria cells got bound to nanoparticles within 30 minutes. The bacteria were separated from nanoparticles using magnets by heating it at 65°C for 45 minutes.The cells were reheated at 100&...
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SCIENTIST CONFIRM BAEL EXTRACTS CAN NEUTALIZE COBRA VENOM

15 weeks ago
In India, an estimated 50,000 people die of snake bites every year and many don’t even make it to a hospital. In traditional systems of medicine, over 350 plant species have been identified as antidotes to snake venom but there are very few scientific studies validating their efficacy and mode of action at molecular level. Now researchers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) and University College, Thiruvananthapuram, have successfully used extracts from Bael tree (AgeleMarmelos) to neutralize adverse effects of cobra venom, thus confirming what was known to traditional ...
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Linking Solar Energy With Agriculture In India

18 weeks ago
  India is aggressively pushing for solar power with a 100 GW target for 2021-22. The installed capacity crossed 20 GW in 2017, with 18.4 GW in the form of ground-mounted projects and 1.6 GW on rooftops. This provides us with the opportunity to innovate in terms of systems design and link solar power to India’s labour-intensive agriculture sector. The trend in India is the promotion of large solar parks with capacities more than 250 MW, at each location, in bigger states. The official solar park target has been increased to 40 GW. Recent tenders for these parks have driven the tariff down to less than Rs 2.50/unit, making solar cheaper than coal. However, ro...
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FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

19 weeks ago
The Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) – an initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognise and reward innovations – opened at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The festival was organised by the President’s Secretariat in association with Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Innovation Foundation (NIF). It was a celebration of the country’s innovation potential, particularly ideas stemming from grassroots and from creative communities in disadvantaged regions.   About 250 innovative exhibits of school students, grassroots innovators, technology students, en...
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“CENTRES IN VILLAGES TO HELP SPREAD SCIENCE LITERACY”

19 weeks ago
Science and technology communication can help spread scientific way of thinking among people and make science accessible to them. Establishing science centres in villages can help achieve this, said Y Joykumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, while addressing the 11th Science Communicators’ Meet at the Indian Science Congress.  He said science communicators play a vital role in communicating the basic understanding of science. “Virtual museums and interactive programmes are tools in the arsenal of science communication. Television, radio, webcasting, use of satellites, blogging are gifts of techno...