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December 13, 2017

SciTech

Marine fungi : a source of cosmeceuticals

Monika Kundu Srivastava New Delhi: Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues. Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals. Coined by Abbert Kligman in 1984, the term ‘cosmeceutical’ was

Scientists re-confirm possibility of large earthquakes in the Himalayas

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan New Delhi: A new study has reconfirmed possibility that large earthquakes are imminent in the Himalayas. While high levels of strain are getting constantly accumulated along the Main Himalayan Thrust region, only a fraction of it is getting released through small earthquakes of magnitudes less than 5 on the Richter scale. The study

DNA barcoding helps in checking illicit trade in endangered plants

Monika Kundu Srivastava New Delhi: Indian scientists have developed a reference library to provide molecular identity to a threatened plant species, Decalepis, found in peninsular India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Decalepis is a medicinal plant species which is in the Red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

One solution for different problems

Dr TV Venkateswaran and Jyoti Singh New Delhi: Can there be one solution for preventing heart attacks, measuring soil moisture and detecting explosives? All these may sound disjointed, random problems, but scientists say it is possible to address them using the same concept or technology platform. Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, have achieved

Weight gain during pregnancy may help shorter women have healthy babies

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: A new study has shown that little weight gain during pregnancy may be beneficial for the child, for shorter women who are more likely to deliver low birth weight babies. Gaining about 490 grams of weight every week during pregnancy reduces the risk of delivering a low birth weight baby in short-statured women

Lasers can help monitor burn wound healing

Dr. Shikha T. Malik New Delhi: Burn injuries are a major public health issue and management of these a key concern.Regular assessment of healing tissuesis necessary but biopsies are painful and may hinder healing process. A group of Indian scientists has come up with a solution for easier assessment of healing progression using laser light.

Soil bacteria, Bt, has a life beyond GM crops

Sarah Iqbal Aligarh: Soil bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, became famous for its connection with genetically modified crops like Bt cotton and Bt brinjal. But it has its use in agriculture beyond GM crops. A group of Indian scientists have found new strains of Bt which they say can be used to develop biopesticides in future.

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