Archive for June 2012
25 June 2012
PUNE: If things go as planned by the forest department, the Lion’s Point, a scenic tourist spot between Bhushi Dam and Aamby Valley in Lonavla, will soon have a 10-seater movable toilet, set up on a trailer. These toilets will use a combination of bio-digester and phytorid technologies, which are green technologies, and convert organic waste into nutrient-rich treated water. The water thus treated will be safe enough to be let out, without harming the vegetation in the surrounding areas.
…….The Phytorid technology has been developed by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur and patented internationally. It is based on use of plants for treatment of sewage. It has several advantages as it does not require electricity, uses no chemicals, works on gravity flow, and has no recurring cost………
25 June 2012
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will be home to the world’s first biorefinery which will use solid waste generated from tanneries in Vellore district.
The Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) at Chennai, a unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has succeeded in developing a biorefinery which will produce biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen and biomethane.
“With this bio refinery we will ensure that tanneries across the country do not discharge any kind of solid waste. There will not be any waste to be discharged because we will use it as raw materials,” Palani Shanmugam (42), the CLRI scientist who designed the refinery told DNA……
21 June 2012
HYDERABAD: A team of researchers at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMD) in Hyderabad have come out with a major breakthrough discovery to contain diabetes by successfully deactivating a gene to regulate the functioning of beta cells in pancreas. The malfunction of these beta cells leads to non-production of insulin or production of ineffective insulin.
The research team conducted the experiments on the mouse model. In this model, the researchers could successfully regulate the mass of beta cells in pancreas of the mouse. Analysts say that this new research outcome will have many medical implications, the major among them being the successful management and control of diabetes. The quantity of pancreatic beta cells determines whether a person is diabetic or normal….
20 June 2012
HYDERABAD: Prof. U.S.N. Murty, Chief Scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), here has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London.
The Royal Society founded in 1833 nominates Fellows for significant contributions towards entomology, thus joining the ranks of such eminent scientists as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, a press release from IICT said……
19 June 2012
MUMBAI: An interim report submitted by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to the Bombay high court last week has confirmed coal stored near mangroves at the Sewri Bay is responsible for the destruction of coastal vegetation….
20 June 2012
NAGPUR: City based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) will be conducting research in management of already identified persistent organic pollutants (POPs) by the Stockholm Convention as well as identifying new ones. Not just that as part of withdrawal of POPs gradually from different countries still using them, it will work towards capacity building for assessment and mitigation of the POPS in the ten member countries of Asia Region of Stockholm Convention….
20 June 2012
HYDERABAD: Scientists at the city-based National Geophysical Research Laboratory (NGRI) are optimistic that if water conserving measures such as rainwater harvesting are put in place in a joint venture of citizens and civic bodies, the monsoon will be enough to ensure the city does not experience another parched summer…..