Archive for October 2011
29 October 2011
NEW DELHI: In an assertion of its arrival in the blooming global industry of commercial human genome sequencing, Indian scientists have mapped the genome of a Sri Lankan individual.
The project involved the Centre for Genomic Application, a public-private company floated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Kolkata-based Institute of Molecular Medicine.
Though the Sri Lankan genome was mapped in December, it is yet to be formally announced via a scientific publication. The project is championed by the University of Colombo’s Faculty of Medicine, in which CSIR played the pivotal role of crunching and scanning the gigantic swathe of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)……
26 October 2011
MUMBAI:The air pollution levels this Diwali may be low as the prevailing meteorological conditions are more favourable to dispersion of pollutants, suggest experts.
For the next two days, the city will see mainly clear skies with the maximum temperature expected to be around 36°C. “It will continue to be hot. Humidity will be low, around 50 to 60 per cent during the day and will drop to 40-50 per cent in the evening,” said Ajay Kumar, meteorologist, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
Experts say such conditions of heat and low humidity with strong winds support good dispersion of toxic pollutants. “Pollutants released by firecrackers taper off due to climactic conditions. If you have strong winds during the night and day, and the humidity is low, the tapering off will happen quickly. If there is no wind and it is humid, the pollutants will stay in the air longer,” said Dr Rakesh Kumar, head, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Mumbai……
26 October 2011
LUCKNOW: The National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, is planning to concentrate on research in the field of root biology – an area still to be explored fully by scientists in India – for the next five years.
In the 12th five year plan, the institute has decided to focus more on soil and root as means to improve plant cultivation and yield in the coming years.
Scientists at the institute believe that with the rising temperature and global warming, the availability of water as well as nutrients in the soil, essential for healthy development of plants, will be scarce. The vegetation will be exposed to stress conditions and tolerant varieties will be a demand of the time. While till now, the plant research mainly focused on shoots, the opportunities available in the roots of the plant as well as the soil has not been explored…..
22 October 2011
WARANGAL: Scientists of the National Geological Research Institute (NGRI) and Nagpur Mining and Research Institute (NMRI) who conducted tests to assess the damage to the 800-yr-old Ramappa temple at Palampet village in Venkatapuram mandal due to Devadula tunnel blasts, have declared that the blasts pose no threat to the temple.
In a report submitted to the government recently, a team of experts clarified that the authorities could continue tunnel works but directed them to reduce the intensity of the blasts. As part of the third phase of Devadula project, authorities have been carrying out blasts in the tunnel near Palampeta village. Following the tunnel explosions, local politicians, educationists and other civil society groups began protesting, claiming that the blasts posed a threat to the historical Rammapa temple……..
19 October 2011
BHUBANESWAR: Though a large number of companies are setting up industries in the state, not many of them are spending enough money on research and development, Union minister for science and technology Vilasrao Deshmukh said, after visiting the laboratories and different research projects at the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) here on Wednesday……
20 October 2011
In order to regulate the mineral ore-transporting traffic and also to reduce the number of accidents on the roads, the state government has asked the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to study
PANAJI: In order to regulate the mineral ore-transporting traffic and also to reduce the number of accidents on the roads, the state government has asked the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to study the routes used by the mining trucks and consequently prepare a report on the same…..
20 October 2011
CHANDIGARH: Coming up with a solution to the problem of storing potatoes for as long as nine months, the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) in Chandigarh, in collaboration with Shimla’s Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), had developed a technology that not only increases its shelf life but also allows the crop to grow in some colder areas for a limited period of time…..