Category: SciTech

Indian astronomers get an insight into Crab nebula pulsar

Dr T V Venkteswaran New Delhi: A star spectacularly exploded about 7500 years ago. Situated at about 6500 light years away, the dazzling light from the explosion reached the earth during 1054 CE. The luminosity of the explosion was brighter than million suns, and was hence even visible in day light to the wonderment Chinese astronomers. They

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Chennai to get flood warning system

Sunderarajan Padmanabhan Shillong: Chennai, which of late has been experiencing urban flooding often, is all set to get a comprehensive flood warning system being developed by several national agencies and institutions. The project is being implemented under the supervision of a high powered committee led by former Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Shailesh Nayak.

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Wild tomatoes can help in making commercial varieties disease-free

Vaishali Lavekar Pune: From soup and salads, tomato serves as a primary ingredient in Indian food. It is nutritious, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. But keeping tomatoes free from ‘early blight’ disease is a challenge for farmers. Now a group of Indian scientists has found a way to develop tomatoes resistant to the most common disease – early

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Largest Biology lesson: IISF Chennai 2017 sets new Guiness Record

Newsroom24x7 Staff Chennai: Day two of the India International Science Festival (IISF) in Anna University campus at Chennai saw the making of a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson. A total of 1049 students participated in the record breaking session. While inaugurating the Largest Biology Lesson, Union Minister for Science & Technology

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Epigenetic manipulation may inhibit cancer spread

Ratneshwar Thakur New Delhi: Manipulating tags on DNA without changing the underlying sequence triggers a chain of molecular events that may help prevent spread of cancer, a new study by Indian scientists has revealed. Development of cancer is a multistep process involving changes in several genes. Although the blueprint for cell’s life is kept in DNA

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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics and the Indian Connection

  Newsroom24x7 Network New Delhi: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been conferred to three scientists namely Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish & Kip S Thorne under the LIGO Project for their discovery of gravitational waves, 100 years after Einstein’s General Relativity predicted it. Weiss and Thorne are two of the founders of the

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New method to tinker cell surface proteins can help design new drugs

Ratneshwar Thakur New Delhi: A group of Indian scientists have found a new way to modulate specific cellular functions by tinkering with proteins that play a role in cells’ response to external chemicals like drugs. The new finding, described in a paper published this week in journal Nature Nanotechnology, makes it convenient for researchers to study the

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Embryo Transfer Technology: A promising revolution in Bovine breeding

Newsroom24x7 Staff New Delhi: Embryo transfer technology (ETT) has revolutionized the breeding strategies in Bovines as a tool to optimize the genetic improvement in cattle. Department of Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in co-operation with 12 States has undertaken a Mass Embryo Transfer programme in Indigenous Breeds under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Productivity.

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Hope of a new treatment for knee pain

Jyoti Singh New Delhi: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkeehave tested a new method for treating problems relating to knee joints using a novel nanomaterial, and found it effective in initial studies. Scientists used a specific ferrite nanomaterial, embedding it with Poly vinylidene fluoride (PVDF) to make a magnetic-dielectric composite. This material, researchers

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New study suggests kidney disease may be linked to pesticide exposure

Bhavya Khullar New Delhi: Patients with chronic kidney disease have higher amounts of organochlorine pesticides in their body, a Delhi-based study has indicated. Doctors at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Delhi studied 300 individuals aged 30-54 years, who visited kidney clinic between January 2014 and March 2015. Their

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India’s Nutrition Atlas goes live

Dinesh C Sharma New Delhi: India currently faces twin challenges in the nutrition sector – undernutrition manifesting in several health problems as well as increasing problem of overweight and obesity, contributing to the burden of non-communicable diseases. In order to provide a snapshot of all relevant data and information about nutrition, the Hyderabad-based National Institute

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Indian prediction on solar corona proves right

Dr T V Venkateswaran New Delhi: The predictions made by Indian scientists about the shape of solar corona during the solar eclipse of August 21 have been largely right. This is a significant development as it was for the first time that physicists attempted to predict the shape of solar corona as it would be

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Probiotic can prevent infections in infants

Dinesh C Sharma New Delhi: Thousands of infants die due to infections in the first few weeks of their life. A bulk of these deaths can be prevented with an inexpensive probiotic-based preventive therapy developed by a group of Indian and American scientists. The therapy has been tested in over 4,500 infants from 149 villages

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Indian scientists find how arsenic reduces immunity

Monika Kundu Srivastava New Delhi: A group of Indian scientists have figured out how exposure to arsenic reduces immunity. Arsenic’s role in disrupting body’s immune response by hindering development of thymus – gland that helps develop immunity-providing T lymphocytes or T cells– is known. A new study done by scientists from Lucknow-based Indian Institute of

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