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Microplastics in Ballast Water: saving the seas

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October 25, 2021 • Environment, Goa, Technology, West Bengal

To stabilise ships in oceans, water is pumped in or out of the ballast depending on the other loads on the ship. If the water being pumped out is filtered ships can save the oceans from the emerging microplastic pollution, say Indian scientists.

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Acrobatics of the Indian Roller: A birdbrained ballet! 

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What in the brains of male Indian roller birds make them fly so high only to shriek and fall rolling while in flight? Researchers from Allahabad University provide an answer: the seasonal changes in a part of the hippocampus in the bird’s brain.

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Microplastics in Ballast Water: saving the seas

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To stabilise ships in oceans, water is pumped in or out of the ballast depending on the other loads on the ship. If the water being pumped out is filtered ships can save the oceans from the emerging microplastic pollution, say Indian scientists.

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Ethanol from Wheat Straw: Cheaper pretreatment

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Researchers from IIT Madras have found a way to make the process of making ethanol from agro-waste cheaper. A move towards increasing farmers’ income, fulfilling fuel needs and reducing pollution from burning agricultural residues.

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Diesel and Petrol Blend: cleaner combustion and more efficiency

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To achieve reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency and increased load carrying capacity of compression ignition engines, Devendra Deshmukh and Vasudev D Chaudhari from IIT Indore suggest blending of diesel and petrol.

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Funds from Fish Scales

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The world is throwing away more than 2 million tonnes of fish scales as waste every year. Muhamed Ashraf and team from the ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi have now found a way to convert the waste to wealth.

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Snacks with Resveratrol: Fortifying by encapsulation 

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Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, is found to be useful to reduce stress and risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases. Is it possible to use it to fortify foods? Researchers from Kashmir University investigate.

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