Archive for February 2010
28 February 2010
By Ritu Sharma
CHANDIGARH: The Head Up Display (HUD), developed by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, would soon be used in the next generation aircraft.
The CSIO recently completed the last phase of transfer of total 20 units of HUD to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which would be fabricated in the Light Combat Aircrafts (LCA) to be used by the Air Force. Not only the LCAs, the CSIO has also received order to develop 200 more items of equipment for the next generation aircrafts.
The CSIO is now in the process of development of the HUD systems for SU-30 MKI, Jaguar and MiG series aircraft. Dr Pawan Kapur, Director CSIO, said the organisation has recently received an order to develop 200 more HUD for the next generation aircrafts….Read complete news item……..
27 February 2010
Energy security concerns and environment have been further embedded in the Budget with a slew of fiscal incentives and budgetary support for green measures.
A National Clean Energy Fund is to be set up to fund research and innovative projects in clean energy technologies. The fund will be fed by an energy cess of Rs 50 on every tonne of coal produced.
The National Solar Mission, with an ambitious target of achieving 20,000 MW capacity by 2030 under the national action plan on climate change, will also be operationalised this year with the ministry of new and renewable energy’s plan budget being increased by 61% from Rs 617 crore to Rs 998 crore. The target: 200 MW grid power and 32 MW equivalent off-grid solar power to be installed in the next financial year.
…………A unique solar-powered rickshaw developed by CSIR will attract a mere 4% excise duty and its components will be exempt from customs duty…..Read complete news item……
26 February 2010
Science, innovation and food safety should touch people. Farmers in India are not even aware of what Codex is, so demanding adherence to safety codes from this lot is unreasonable. It is important that Codex is translated in the local languages to make it reach the grassroot India.
This piece of wisdom came from Dr V Prakash, director, CFTRI, Mysore. Dr Prakash and Dr Darsh Wasan, vice-president, IIT, Chicago, were addressing the plenary session of the CII organised US-India Symposium on Food Processing Technologies for Food Safety and Innovation in Mumbai. They broadly addressed the issue of food safety and science-based research and food chain during the times of globalisation.
Dr Prakash in his enthralling 20-minute address said that food safety had to be looked at holistically and at a macro level. Food hazards have become mobile in the wake of widespread global sourcing, food distribution and human travel. Thus, globalised safety patterns should fit the individual needs…..Read c0mplete news item…….
27 February 2010
M.V Centre for Diabetes, has launched Diastep, a footwear to prevent foot ulcers. The company made its first launch at Chennai before the footwear was introduced in Bangalore.
Dr Vijay Viswanathan, managing director, M V Hospital for Diabetes & Diabetes Research Centre, along with former Karnataka minister, P G R Shindhia launched the footwear, in the Bangalore market.
Diastep has been receiving an encouraging response across Tamil Nadu and patients from all over India have been visiting the Chennai centre to buy this. Introducing Diastep in Bangalore was a natural progression. With an introductory price of Rs 1350, we plan to take it to other metros and cities, said Dr Viswanathan.
The footwear has been designed after two years of collaborative research efforts of Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, M. V. Hospital for Diabetes & Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai and Novo Nordisk Education Foundation. The footwear has a special PU sole with extra depth for more effective pressure distribution. The extra depth sole has a special tread for better grip and traction, specially designed insole bed and foam layer for added comfort and rigid counter to ensure limited joint mobility…..Read complete news item……
26 February 2010
By T. Lalith Singh
HYDERABAD: In an initiative aimed at locating uranium deposits, the city-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) is all set to take up a heli-borne survey of around 1.25-lakh line km in different parts of the country. To start with, the Singhbhum shear zone in parts of Jharkhand and West Bengal is to be scouted in the first week of March.
For the initial phase of the project, to be spread over three years, the NGRI has acquired a Rs. 9-crore ‘time domain electro magnetic’ system capable of probing targets up to a depth of 800 metres…..Read complete news item….
26 February 2010
By Digby Hildreth
A NATURAL cycle that links coral reefs with rainfall over coastal forests is in danger, according to local scientists.
A marine researcher with Southern Cross University fears warmer oceans will impair coral’s ability to produce cloud-seeding chemicals – meaning the oceans will be deprived of cloud cover and there will be less rainfall as clouds hit the coast.
Associate Professor Graham Jones’ resrearch over the past 20 years has been on how coral reefs and the oceans produce a natural gas which creates clouds over the ocean.
He and his research team have found that algae living in coral tissue and in the ocean produce huge amounts of the gas, dimethyl sulphide (DMS), which forms ‘cloud seeds’ when it reaches the air.
……..The results of theresearch will be presented at an international symposium at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India, in October and at conferences in Brisbane and Cairns in June…….Read complete news item….
25 February 2010
The Indian food processing industry presents a huge untapped opportunity. Food processing can do for rural India what IT has done for urban India. Food safety and security are the key global issues in terms of consumer confidence and public health. This is the main focus of the two-day US-India Symposium on Food Processing Technologies for Food Safety and Innovation being organised by CII at the Taj in Mumbai on February 25-26. US National Academy of Engineering (USNAE), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Protein Foods and Nutrition Development Association of India (PFNDAI) are the co-sponsors of the symposium.
The objective of the symposium is to discuss the role of food processing technologies to enhance food safety and drive innovation and provide a forum to discuss global and regional food safety issues and new approaches to food safety management.
Addressing the delegates at the inauguration of the symposium, Dr V Prakash, Director, CFTRI, Mysore, said food security would be a top agenda for the government. The country had to feed 1.12 billion people three times a day, that is 3.36 billion meals per day.
Dr Prakash talked about food and nutrition security and stressed the need for the innovation of a lot of nutritious food, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and functional foods.
He said science had a major role in innovation. Science and industry should complement each other by introducing healthy and nutritious food to meet the requirements of the health-conscious consumers. The national policy on food processing aims at increasing the level of food processing to 25% by 2025. He said the new agenda for the food processing industry should be science-friendly, industry-friendly, producer-friendly and consumer-friendly. He hoped the proceedings of the symposium would play a big role in shaping the food security/safety agenda for the government and the venue of the meeting remembered for 26/2 and not 26 /11….Read complete news item…