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Saturday, 21-October-2017

oxic plume looms over northern Italian city 

6 weeks ago
Pavia: Everything is burning, probably rubber and plastic too. The danger is that dioxins are being released," said the Italian government's top representative in Pavia, Attilio Visconti. Firemen called to the plant at the at Mortara industrial estate reported that hazardous waste, aluminium and tyres were ablaze. Health and protection officials in the surrounding Lombardy region claimed that only paper and cardboard materials had caught fire at the plant, which handles non-dangerous as well as hazardous waste. Local Mayor Marco Facchinotti issued orders to local residents to stay indoors with their doors and windows closed as prevailing wi...

Smart ear saves kids from reliving horror

6 weeks ago
Is there a way to collect evidence or to know about advances on a child without being there and then punish the guilty? A simple audio device --smaller than a matchbox-- called the 'Smart Ear' has been made by a Bengaluru-based organisation and it also aims to protect children from sex offenders. "A child can put the device in her school bag, pocket or even wear it without being noticed. It has very powerful technology that can pick up the audio even without directly being in contact from the source of the sound," says Mr Sumant Nashik, director, software development, Safehalo, the firm that has come out with this device.  &nbsp...

Singing all the way to their hearts

6 weeks ago
One of the most effective ways to spread awareness about social/environmental issues among public could be songs, renderd in folk style by talented singers and musicians. A Bangalore-based folk band is trying this out and has hit the right chord with the rural folk  “This works well, as music doesn’t just touch merely the mind, it also touches the heart,” says Janardhan Kesaragadde, composer and lyricist for Bengaluru-based folk band, Bhoomi Thayi Balaga. Bhoomi Thayi Balaga loosely means `Kin of mother earth’ , The band, which is more than a decade old, has been singing about various issues - f...

Solar energy to shortly power Kolkata airport

6 weeks ago
  The airport is poised to commission a Rs 88 crore solar power generation plant having a peak capacity to generate 15 MW of energy; the trial run to connect it with the  Calcutta Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) grid has just begun, according to Airport director Atul  Dikshit. A total of 45,454 solar panels, each having a capacity to generate 330W have been installed over 65 acres on the airport land to the east; this is in addition to the 2 MW rooftop solar  plant which the authorities have commissioned two years ago at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore. The first plant presently  provides power for the lights in the ai...

Genetic Testing Raises Ethical Issues Of Pregnancy

6 weeks ago
Wellington: Pregnant women now face a bewildering world of genetic testing," said Jeanne Snelling, the lead author of the New Zealand Law Foundation Report. Genetic testing in the reproductive context is a particularly high-stakes endeavour, Snelling said, adding that it directly affects a woman's experience of pregnancy, and may contribute to a decision not to transfer an embryo or to terminate an established pregnancy, reports Xinhua news agency. The study looks at a number of rapidly evolving genetic technologies that a woman may be offered, either during pregnancy or regarding embryos created by ...

Brain Learns To Recognise Faces 

6 weeks ago
New York: The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, showed that those brain regions for social recognition were absent in primates who did not encounter faces while growing up. The findings suggest that sensory deprivation has a selective effect on the way the brain wires itself. The brain seems to become very good at recognising things that an individual sees often, and poor at recognising things that it never or rarely sees, said Margaret Livingstone, Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. What you look at is what you end up 'installing' in the brain's machinery to be able to ...

Epson Launches New Inktank Printer In India

6 weeks ago
Bengaluru: Designed for corporate use, L1455 can print documents, spreadsheets, diagrams and charts up to A3-size, with a maximum resolution of 4800dpi. It also supports copying and faxing. The new model (L1455) is designed to meet the demands of office printing and takes productivity to the next level with the ability to print documents up to A3-size at high speeds," said Siva Kumar, General Manager, Inkjet Printers, Epson India, in a statement. The device can print at a speed up to 18ipm for A4 and 10ipm for A3-sized documents. It also supports automatic duplex printing with speed up to ...

Bacteria In Throat May Indicate Joint Infection

6 weeks ago
Toronto: The research published in CMAJ --Canadian Medical Association Journal - may help in the diagnosis of bone and joint bacterial infections in children that can have devastating effects on long-term mobility and can even cause death.  The study demonstrated that the bacterium Kingella kingae is by far the most common pathogen for bone or joint infection in children. Based on this study, we plan to change the way we investigate children at risk of bone/joint infection, because the identification of K. kingae in the throat of a child with a suspected bone infection will point towards K. kingae as the...

Another Milestone In Rhino Conservation Story Of Manas

6 weeks ago
Guwahati:  It is being seen as another milestone in the conservation story of the pristine park. The calf was first seen by frontline forest staff of the Bansbari Range during their early morning patrol. Its presence was later confirmed by a field team of IFAW-WTI’s Greater Manas Conservation Project, comprising Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, WTI's Head Veterinarian (North East) and the project-in-charge, and animal keeper Debajit Saikia. This is the sixth calf born to the rhinos rehabilitated under our project and marks another significant mil...

Pink Boll Worm To Save Bt Cotton

6 weeks ago
New Delhi: Over the years, Bt Cotton's resistance to pink boll worm (PBW) has reduced and during the last season alone the pest has caused 20-25 per cent loss to the crop across the states. This year, the loss could go up, which could lead to a major agrarian crisis, experts say. To overcome this problem, the union government has recommended a unique RIB (Refugia In Bag) concept, wherein 25 grams of non-Bt Cotton seed is mixed with 450 grams of Bt Cotton seeds. This enables planting non-BT cotton which can host PBW wild insects and prevent resistance build-up in PBW.  Earlier, farmers generally ignored this process and cotton crop fell vict...

Heavy Drink Harm For Men More Than Women

6 weeks ago
London: The findings, presented at the annual European College of Neuropsychopharmacology meeting being held in Paris from September 2-5, suggest that long-term alcohol use can change brain functions and these changes are significantly different in men and women. We found more changes in brain electrical activity in male subjects, than in females, which was a surprise, as we expected it would be the other way around. This means that male brain electrical functioning is changed more than female brains by long-term alcohol use," said Outi Kaarre from University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finl...

 Climate-Based Dengue Forecasting Model

7 weeks ago
Hyderabad: However, a further increase in temperature beyond 35 degrees Celsius is detrimental to the mosquito survival, showed the findings published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections. The study was conducted by the University of Liverpool Britain in collaboration with the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati. "This climate-based dengue forecasting model could help health authorities to assess the disease intensity in a geographic region, based on that they can plan disease control...