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Archive for October 2011

India gets into Sri Lankan genes

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)……

Read more: http://www.livemint.com/2011/10/29003747/India-gets-into-Sri-Lankan-gen.html

Written by csirindia

October 30, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Posted in CSIR

Warm weather may keep pollution levels low: Experts

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……

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/warm-weather-may-keep-pollution-levels-low-experts/865488/

Written by csirindia

October 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Posted in NEERI

For the next five years, NBRI to focus on root biology

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…..

Read more: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/for-the-next-five-years-nbri-to-focus-on-root-biology/865583/

Written by csirindia

October 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Posted in NBRI

No threat to ancient Ramappa temple

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……..

Read more: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/no-threat-to-ancient-ramappa-temple/195401-60-114.html

Written by csirindia

October 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Posted in NGRI

Union min rues lack of funds in research

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……

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-19/bhubaneswar/30297039_1_tribal-children-steel-research-projects

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October 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Posted in IMMT

CRRI studying state’s mining routes

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…..

Read more: http://www.navhindtimes.in/goa-news/crri-studying-state-s-mining-routes

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October 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Posted in CRRI

Potatoes get a fresh shelf life, technology enables storage for 9 months

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…..

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Potatoes-get-a-fresh-shelf-life–technology-enables-storage-for-9-months/862378/

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October 22, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Posted in CSIO

Desmukh for research on commercial production of green steel

19 October 2011

BHUBANESWAR: Voicing concern over limited raw material for steel in the country, Union Science and Technology Minister

Vilasrao Desmukh today asked scientists to intensify research for commercial production of carbon free green steel.

“Some work has been done for making carbon free green steel, but greater attention needs to be given on how to commercialise it,” Desmukh said during a visit to the Institute of Mineral and Materials Technology (IMMT) here…..

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-10-19/news/30297895_1_steel-sector-kiit-kalinga-institute

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October 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Posted in IMMT

CLRD Experts on methane talk at CIMFR

18 October 2011

DHANBAD: Experts of fuel and mining from different parts of the country on Monday debated on the use of methane as source of energy and felt the gas from coal mines in the country can be tapped through “carbon capture” to help reduce air pollution.

A workshop on coal bed methane has been jointly organized by the Central

Institute of Mining and Fuel Research and the US’s United Protection Agency from Monday. About 35 experts are attending the workshop which will conclude on October 21.

Amlendu Sinha, the CIMFR director, while inaugurating the workshop said earlier methane was left in the environment causing air pollution. Now, technologies have been developed through which alternate application of the gas can be made. Methane is hazardous if it is left in the coalmines as it can lead to fire, and it can be hazardous, too, if left in the environment. Now, the scientists have developed carbon capturing through which the methane left in the air can be captured and used as source of energy for the vehicles too….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/CLRD-Experts-on-methane-talk-at-CIMFR/articleshow/10397731.cms

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October 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

Posted in CIMFR

Fortified sugarcane juice in Tetrapak: New technology from CFTRI stable

17 October 2011

The growing health concern in consumers is prompting scientists to formulate not only new food products but also newer technologies for obtaining maximum health gains.

Keeping these concerns in the backdrop, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, is contemplating a technology for fortified sugarcane juice, a product obtained form sugarcane juice through fortification.

This was informed to Fnb News in a chat over telephone by Dr P Srinivas, chief scientist , head- plantation products, spices, flavour technology department, CFTRI, Mysore….

Read more: http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=30713&sectionid=1

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October 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

Posted in CFTRI