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Wednesday, 23-May-2018


Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme

5 weeks ago
Washington: Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme found in a waste recycling centre a few years ago in Japan, CNN reported on Tuesday. The finding was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They said the enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, is able to "eat" polyethylene terephthalate, PET, which was patented as a plastic in the 1940s and is used in millions of tonnes of plastic bottles...

Multilateralism crucial in protecting marine biodiversity

5 weeks ago
United Nations: Member States should focus on reaching an internationally binding agreement to protect areas beyond national jurisdiction, Lajcak said on Monday at a three-day meeting on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity, which is aimed to find out a road map to implement such protection over the next two years. There was a strong case to protect the oceans and biodiversity, he said, adding that the oceans and seas held plants and animals which could be used for medical purposes, Xinhua news agency reported. Over three billion people are believed to be relying on ...

High carbohydrate intake may increase cancer risk

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New York: Patients who consumed the most total carbohydrates and sugars -- in the form of sucrose, fructose, lactose and maltose -- in the year preceding the cancer treatment were at greater risk of mortality from any cause during the follow-up period. Out of the 400 cancer patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, more than 17 per cent experienced recurrence of their cancer, and 42 patients died from it. Associations among carbohydrate intake and patient outcomes differed by cancer type and stage, said lead author Anna E. Arthu...

Goa celebrates beach hygiene campaign with music party

5 weeks ago
Panaji: The unique beach cleanliness campaign organised by Drishti Marine, a private beach management agency, winds up on Goa's popular Baga beach on April 15, with a jam session using instruments fabricated from garbage articles and a 'Waste Bar', where garbage like straws, cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, bottle caps and paper can be traded for beverages and sun-downers. On land, we can clean up. In the case of oceans, it costs you 100 times more to clean up. Mostly, once anything goes into the ocean, it is there forever. For us to retrieve debris from the oceans costs a fortune an...

Railways turns to vacuum toilets in 13 trains

5 weeks ago
New Delhi: The bio-toilets, which replaced open toilets in trains, have been prone to clogging due to dumping of waste such as bottles, pouches, plastic cups, paper and other material in the pans -- resulting in foul smell. We are beginning with the procurement of 2,000 vacuum toilets for 13 trains -- and later many more trains will have this facility," said a senior Railway Ministry official. All coaches of the Bandra-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Special, Maharashtra Sampark Kranti Express, Bandra-Ghazipur City Express, Mumbai Veraval Express, Dibrugarh Rajdhani...

ISRO Raises Navigation Satellite's Orbit

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Chennai: According to ISRO, the first orbit raising operation of the IRNSS-1I took place at 4.19 a.m. The achieved perigee height (nearest point to the earth) is 315 km and apogee height (farthest point to the earth) is 35,809 km," the space agency said. However, it did not provide any information for how minutes the satellites' onboard motors were fired for raising the orbit. The second orbit raising operation is slated for 8 p.m. on Friday. The targeted perigee height is 8,536 km and apogee height 35,793 km.

US invest 150 Billion Dollar in Gas Infrastructure

5 weeks ago
New Delhi: Speaking on the last day of the 16th International Energy Forum here, Tellurian Senior Vice President Amos Hochstein said that since rising oil prices were spurring higher production, US producers were facing a quandary due to lack of adequate pipeline infrastructure to evacuate the associated gas produced.  "We need well over $150 billion worth of investment in infrastructure in the US to support the gas production coming online," Hochstein said. Shale oil producers are reaching a point where they have to make a decision on whether to restrain their production in oi...

First Health And Wellness Centre in Chhattisgarh

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New Delhi: While the government plans to open 1.5 lakh such centres by 2022, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said, of these, 15,000 centres -- equipped to treat a host of communicable and non-communicable diseases -- would be opened by the end of this year. "The Ayushman Bharat has two pillars. The first is to create a network of health and wellness centres to deliver comprehensive primary healthcare to the community, and the second is to provide insurance cover to 40 per cent of India's population for secondary and tertiary care," he told reporters on Thursday. ...

Novel Bed Net provides Greater Protection against Malaria

5 weeks ago
London:The trial in Tanzania showed that a long lasting insecticidal net treated with a chemical called piperonyl butoxide (PBO LLIN) reduced the prevalence of malaria by 44 per cent and 33 per cent in the first and second year respectively, compared to a standard net treated with pyrethroid only. The study, published in the journal Lancet, also showed drastic malaria control through indoor residual spraying (IRS) with the insecticide pirimiphos methyl, which after a single spray round reduced malaria infection by 48 per cent for an entire year. "The trial is the first clear ev...

 'Pistol' Emoji with 'Water Gun'

5 weeks ago
San Francisco: The change is part of Twitter's emoji update "Twemoji 2.6," Tech Crunch reported late on Wednesday. In doing so, the company that has struggled to handle the abuse, hate speech and harassment taking place across its platform, has removed one of the means for online abusers to troll their victims," the report added. Replacing the weapon gun by a child's toy, first by Apple and now by Twitter makes the effort against gun-culture prevelant in the US very clear.  "A gun should not have a place in the pictorial lang...

Cisco Blueprint to Skill Students for New-Age Technologies

5 weeks ago
Hyderabad:  The blueprint will allow colleges and universities to enable students learn anywhere with "Cisco Connected Classroom" solutions which use the Cisco "Digital Network Architecture" (Cisco DNA) and collaboration solutions such as "WebEx" online meetings and Cisco "Spark" all-in-one communications solution. "Cisco Connected Campus" provides extensive network analytics to help administrators make data-driven decisions while managing facilities, lighting, parking and transportation. "By offering educators and stu...

Cooperation Critical for Women, Child Health

5 weeks ago
New Delhi:  Convergence between ministries, states and stakeholders is critical to achievements of shared goals for health of women, children and adolescents," said Nadda at a panel discussion organised by the Ministry and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), which is a multi-constituency partnership supported by a small secretariat hosted at the WHO" Nadda said the government was committed to collaboration for expanding universal health coverage for women, adolescents and children at the function which was a curtain raiser event for the 2018 Partners'...