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Friday, 22-June-2018


Hyderabad can Generate 1,730 MW Rooftop Solar Power

10 weeks ago
Hyderabad: The study, jointly undertaken by Greenpeace India and Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), stated that if achieved, Hyderabad can reduce its power demand by almost 15 per cent.  "A big share of this (1,730 MW), nearly 70 per cent, can come from the residential sector... For residents, solar makes for a solid investment, and would cut down on electricity bills considerably," said the report 'Rooftop Revolution: Unleashing Hyderabad's Rooftop Potential'. The study scanned the area in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporatio...

New Blood Test to Predict TB Onset 

11 weeks ago
Johannesburg: The new test predicts TB particularly in people living with persons having active TB -- a condition when the immune system is unable to stop the bacteria from growing. The blood test works by measuring the expression levels of four genes signature in the blood known as "RISK4" -- a combination of four genes associated with inflammatory responses. "We found that this prediction (up to two years before the onset of the disease) is possible through measurements of a combination of a four-gene signature in the blood," said lead author Gerhard Walzl, Professor at ...

Dairy Products may Increase Bone Density in Older 

11 weeks ago
New York:  The study found that a higher intake of dairy foods is associated with higher volumetric bone mineral density and vertebral strength at the spine in men. The associations were most beneficial in men over age 50, and continued to have positive associations. "The results of this study highlight the beneficial role of a combination of dairy foods upon bone health and these beneficial associations remain irrespective of serum vitamin D status in a person," said Shivani Sahni, Associate Scientist at the Institute For Ageing Research in Boston. For the findi...

6.23 Lakh Household Toilets Constructed in Odisha

11 weeks ago
Bhubaneswar: More than 6.23 lakh toilets in as many households have been constructed in the last financial year. Odisha has now reached 51 per cent of target level. Field action has been expedited to raise it to 56 per cent by April 10," Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan said. Panchayati Raj Department Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh said the target is to cover 100 per cent households in Odisha by the end of December 2018. Union Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha held a review meeting through videoconferencing on Monday. As of now, Deoga...

Bihar will get ODF Status Before 2019 

11 weeks ago
Patna:  We are not only constructing toilets as behaviour change is a complex phenomenon. Even after a villager constructs toilet, its use has to be sustained for at least one year for habit change," Rural Development Department Secretary Arvind Choudhary said. Choudhary was speaking at a function "Chalo Champaran - Satyagrah to Swachhagrah' - a social movement for open defecation-free Bihar. He admitted that Bihar is at the bottom on ODF issue, with not even a single district so far declared ODF.  Balamurugan D., CEO of Jeevika and Mission Director, Lohiya S...

Tupperware Containers to Help Nasa Astronauts 

12 weeks ago
Washington: Since 2015, NASA astronauts have supplemented their space diet with fresh greens grown in the Vegetable Production System known as "Veggie" on the ISS. One of the challenges with growing plants in space in "Veggie" has been keeping them properly watered. The Tupperware Brands Corporation has now lent its design expertise to help develop a new approach to watering plants in space, NASA said in a statement on Friday. With the "Veggie" system, astronauts have to push water into each plant pillow with a syringe. In previous crops grown...

Gut Bacteria could Reveal Cirrhosis Patients

12 weeks ago
New York:   The hospitalisations that take place with cirrhosis are exorbitantly expensive," said the study's lead author Jasmohan Bajaj from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US. Anything that helps us predict the likelihood of hospitalization is better than the status quo," Bajaj said.  The study, published in the journal JCI Insight in March, determined that analysis of microbial DNA and microbial RNA could be used alongside current clinical methods to more accurately predict 90-day hospitalisations for these patients.  Microbial DNA analys...

Tips to Minimise Indoor Air Pollution

12 weeks ago
New Delhi:   Gita Ramanan, Architect and Interior Designer, Founder, Design Cafe, and Anuj Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, Livspace, share some tips.  * Plants not only brighten up a space, but also are a source of fresh air. These Indian plants: Areca Palm, Mother-in-Law's Tongue and Money Plant (all common names) will actually grow fresh air for you indoors. * No smoking should be allowed inside homes. Smoking and second hand smoke are the biggest contributors of air pollution indoors. * Ensure you use low VOC (Volatile organic Compounds) paints i...

Frequent Dining Out Can Harm Your Health

12 weeks ago
New York:   According to researchers, dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called "phthalates" in the body, especially among pregnant women, children and teenagers.  "Phthalates", a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems. "This study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of 'phthalates', chemicals li...

Hybrid Taxi to Reduce Emissions

12 weeks ago
Mexico City:  During the presentation on Thursday, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 50 of these new models would be rolled out in April as part of the first phase, reports Xinhua news agency. The city government is planning to replace all conventional taxis with these environmentally friendlier options, which will also save up to 60 per cent on fuel. The government will install electric recharge stations in different neighbourhoods as the programme is progressively rolled out across the Mexican capital. Mexico City, with almost 22 million residents, has faced...

Russia Conducts Second Test of Ballistic Missile

12 weeks ago
Moscow:  The missile, Sarmat, was test-dropped at the northern Plesetsk spaceport. The ministry said the trial had confirmed its pre-launch and first flight stage characteristics, Xinhua news agency reported. A rare video of the test was released on the social media. The first launch of this rocket took place in December 2017. It will replace the Soviet-era Satan missile, which is approaching the end of its service life. In his annual address to parliament on March 1, President Vladimir Putin said Russia has begun testing Sarmat which has "practically no range limits"...

World-Class Tourist Facilities at Konark Temple

12 weeks ago
Bhubaneswar:  The Indian Oil Foundation has developed the interpretation centre and the tourist facilitation centre at the Unesco World Heritage Site at a cost of Rs. 45 crore. Subrata Barma, Executive Director and CEO of Indian Oil Foundation, said the tourist facilitation centre has adequate parking bays for buses, cars and two-wheelers of the visiting tourists, driver's facility block and ample public amenities like cafeteria, toilets and drinking water. "The main avenue leading to the temple from outer ring road has been developed and has water bodies and suitable ...