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India Among Worst Hit as Pollution Gets Deadlier Than Wars, AIDS

By   /  October 20, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on India Among Worst Hit as Pollution Gets Deadlier Than Wars, AIDS

An estimated nine million people died worldwide in 2015 due to diseases caused by pollution — the biggest cause globally of all premature deaths — more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined and even more disastrous than all violence, with India and China contributing to 5.4 million of the pollution-related mortalities, a study has found. […]

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Whales, Dolphins Have Rich ‘Human-Like’ Cultures: Study

By   /  October 18, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Whales, Dolphins Have Rich ‘Human-Like’ Cultures: Study

Whales and dolphins live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects, much like human societies, according to a study. The findings revealed that these intelligent creatures (also called Cetaceans) have sophisticated social and cooperative behaviour traits, such as regional group dialects, looking after friends’ children and […]

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Burmese Star Tortoise Comes Back from Extinction

By   /  October 12, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Burmese Star Tortoise Comes Back from Extinction

The population of critically endangered Burmese star tortoise, endemic to Myanmar and once considered extinct in nature, has multiplied to more than 14,000 through captive-breeding programmes, the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said on Thursday. Its population is currently growing 37 per cent per year in breeding centres in Myanmar and approximately 750 of the […]

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Clean Energy Industry Body Favours More Access to Debt

By   /  October 6, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Clean Energy Industry Body Favours More Access to Debt

India’s industry body Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) on Thursday laid emphasis on building a modern energy system through increased public-private partnership and long-term, affordable and accessible debt finance. In its first annual report “State of the Sector” released here, it sought increased public partnership to scale decentralised renewable energy solutions and to identify access […]

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Centre of Geospatial Excellence launched

By   /  October 6, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Centre of Geospatial Excellence launched

The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST)-Shibpur and Esri India Technologies on Thursday announced the launch of a Centre of Geospatial Excellence (CoGE) in the eastern region. The institute will aim to impart GIS skills to graduates and working professionals through a set of comprehensive education programmes in the region, according to a […]

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Half of New Cancer Drugs Not Showing Survival Gains: Study

By   /  October 5, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Half of New Cancer Drugs Not Showing Survival Gains: Study

Nearly half of new cancer drugs approved in Europe show little evidence that they are helping extend or improve life, says a new study. Even where drugs did show survival gains over existing treatments, these were often marginal, found the researchers based at King’s College London and the London School of Economics. The study published […]

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Stress May Diminish Our Ability to Sense New Dangers

By   /  October 3, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Stress May Diminish Our Ability to Sense New Dangers

Contrary to the conventional view that stress enhances our ability to detect sources of threat, a team of researchers have found that it diminishes the ability to predict new dangers. The research indicated that stress reduces physiological response to the new threat cue. The researchers applied a computational learning model to further understand how stress […]

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New Paper-Based Test Can Diagnose Zika in 20 Minutes

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on New Paper-Based Test Can Diagnose Zika in 20 Minutes

Scientists have developed a new paper-based test that can diagnose Zika infection within 20 minutes as well as accurately distinguish Zika virus from related viruses like Dengue. One of the biggest challenges in diagnosing Zika is that many of the tests are based on antibodies that interact with a viral protein called NS1, which is […]

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Pigeons Quicker in Multitasking Than Humans

By   /  September 27, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Pigeons Quicker in Multitasking Than Humans

Despite their small brains, pigeons are capable of switching between two tasks as quickly as humans – and even quicker in certain situations, new research has found. The researchers believe that the cause of the slight multitasking advantage in birds is their higher neuronal density. For the study, published in the journal Current Biology, the […]

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Must Carry Essentials While Enjoying Festivities

By   /  September 27, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Must Carry Essentials While Enjoying Festivities

Carry a festive season kit to avoid diseases and maintain hygiene. Don’t forget to carry a hand and toilet sanitizer, suggest experts. Vikas Bagaria, founder and CEO at PeeSafe (a toilet seat sanitizer spray brand) and Anuj Rakyan, founder at RAW Pressery (cold pressed juice brand), have listed a few must haves: * Toilet seat […]

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