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Archive for April 2012

Now, an anti-glare filter to avert night accidents

21 April 2012

CHANDIGARH: The eye strain and the frown that sets in due to high glare from flashing beams of the approaching vehicles while driving at night may soon become history. The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) lab in Chandigarh has developed a first-of-its-kind night driving filter that reduces high beam to 30% and low beam to 40% of its original intensity. It was successfully tested by the Automobile Association of Upper India, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana roadways and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-21/chandigarh/31378243_1_csio-filter-anti-glare

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April 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Posted in CSIO

Vultures on the the brink of extinction in State?

23 April 2012

HYDERABAD: The population of vultures has declined so drastically in Andhra Pradesh that the scavenging bird is on the verge of extinction.

The number of vultures has dwindled from around 8,500 in 1997 to a few now. “We have been monitoring for the last five years. Except for two vultures sighted in Utnoor in Adilabad in November last and February this year, they are not found anywhere else,” said G. Umapaty, senior scientist, Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), a facility of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)…..

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Written by csirindia

April 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Posted in CCMB

Marine algae yield precious biodiesel

17 April 2012

AHMEDABAD: The Tavera travelled 201 km with an average mileage of 11.16 per km under full load condition. But what set this journey, which began in Delhi, aside from countless others, was the fact that the
vehicle was not running on conventional fossil fuel!

It was running on neat (B100) biodiesel prepared from cultured marine microalgae in solar salt pans of CSIR-CSMCRI (Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar), Gujarat……

Read more: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_marine-algae-yield-precious-biodiesel_1677059

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April 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

Posted in CSMCRI

CRRI shelves BRT signal trial

17 April 2012

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Traffic Police’ ambitious plan to introduce the Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) on the entire road network of the Capital has suffered a setback with Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) suspending the testing of the ITS on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor.

Unable to cope with the unprecedented traffic snarls following the automatic functioning of the traffic signals on BRT on first day of the study conducted by CRRI, the expert body has decided to do away with further trials of the system…..

Read more: http://www.dailypioneer.com/home/online-channel/360-todays-newspaper/58292-crri-shelves-brt-signal-trial.html

Written by csirindia

April 19, 2012 at 5:09 am

Posted in CRRI

India plans 90-seater civilian plane

16 April 2012

NEW DELHI:  India is working on developing its very own 90-seater civilian aircraft with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) saying “the strategy for its production has already been evolved” with the design “planned to have unique features like enhanced fuel efficiency, use of bio fuel with low carbon footprint, short to long range haul, shorter air strip requirement and ultra modern avionics”……

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-16/india/31348927_1_national-civil-aircraft-national-aerospace-laboratories-mahindra-aerospace

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April 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Posted in CSIR

Plant to convert kitchen waste into biogas inaugurated in city

16 April 2012

HYDERABAD: With a little help from an Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) scientist, residents of a colony in Gun Rock are turning their kitchen waste into biogas using a ‘modular digester’…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-16/hyderabad/31348991_1_colony-residents-biogas-iict

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April 18, 2012 at 7:56 am

Posted in IICT

Indian Institute of Petroleum’s 52nd Foundation Day celebrated

14 April 2012

A function was held to commemorate the 52nd Foundation Day of Indian Institute of Petroleum in Dehradun on Saturday and also launched the website of IIP on this occasion.  Scientists also expressed their concern over the brain drain and said that India has a huge potential for producing world class scientists.

After congratulating director IIP Dr OP Garg and scientists, ONGC Chairman, Sudhir Vasudeva, said that this is yet another milestone in your quest for excellence in research and development and reiterates your resolve to dedicate yourselves with renewed vigour toward ensuring energy security for our Nation…..

Read more: http://dailypioneer.com/state-editions/dehradun/57708-indian-institute-of-petroleums-52nd-foundation-day-celebrated.html

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April 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

Posted in IIP

Study on BRT corridor begins

15 April 2012

NEW DELHI: In compliance with Delhi high court’s order, the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) has started its study on the BRT. It will take them six weeks to test the viability of the corridor between Moolchand and Ambedkar Nagar, after which they will submit their report in court……

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-04-15/delhi/31345147_1_brt-corridor-traffic-jams-traffic-police

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April 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

Posted in CRRI

Awards announced for Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center

13 April 2012

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Science and Technology today announced the selections for three consortia projects under the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

The JCERDC is being established under an agreement signed between the Governments of India and the United States of America which commits an amount of Rs 125 crore ($25 million) in funding over five years to institutions in India and the US for taking up collaborative research in the fields of advanced bio-fuels, energy efficiency in buildings and solar energy.

….These consortia are led in India by the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad and CEPT University-Ahmedabad……..

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article3310970.ece

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April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

Posted in IICT

Delayed breeding season to blame for beached whales

14 April 2012

MUMBAI: The recent spate of whales getting beached on the coast around Mumbai might be due to a delay in the mammals’ breeding season, resulting in stranding of the whales, a marine biologist has observed. According to marine biologist Dr Vinay Deshmukh, principal scientist, CMFRI, severe cold during this year’s winter might have delayed the mammals’ breeding season.

Since March, more than six big sea mammals, including whales and dolphins, have got washed ashore.

Out of these, four were found around Mumbai while others have been recorded at Dapoli and Velas in Ratnagiri district. The Central Marine Fishing Research Institute (CMFRI), Andheri, is now investigating the cases and will come out with a report by next week.

“I think these whales cannot die due to oil poisoning. More than oil, heavy metals and other chemicals are harmful to them. They also have an acute sense of navigation and know how to avoid large ships,” said Dr Shankar Gajbhiye, chief scientist, National Institute of Oceanography……

Read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Delayed-breeding-season-to-blame-for-beached-whales/Article1-840311.aspx

Written by csirindia

April 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Posted in NIO