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Ethanol from Wheat Straw: Cheaper pretreatment

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September 15, 2021

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.

Acrobatics of the Indian Roller: A birdbrained ballet! 

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.

Snacks with Resveratrol: Fortifying by encapsulation 

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.

Anti-Alzheimer’s Compounds Found in Red Cedar Leaves

Medicines used for treating Alzheimer’s tend to damage liver. Researchers from the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University have now found five compounds in the red cedar leaf extract that could be used to treat Alzheimer’s.

Black Hole Eats Neutron Star: Gravitational wave ripples through laser beams on earth

Within the last five years, gravitational observatories have reported detecting a few dozen gravitational wave events in the universe. Here is a report on two such events caused by coalescing of black hole and neutron star.

Jaggery-infused Coconut Chips: Healthier snack

What do you do when you have a bumper harvest of coconuts and the price in the market goes down? Make sweet, crisp coconut chips that can be preserved packaged and sold, say ICAR scientists. Here is the method.

Cyclone Intensity: eddies, heat potential, and more

When cyclones pass over eddies formed by ocean currents, energy can be transferred between eddies and cyclones. Researchers from IIT Bhubaneswar investigate the dynamics of 60 cyclones from Indian Ocean to elicit the relationships between cyclones and eddies.

Controlling Blood Pressure: Essential oil from Hrivera root

Researchers from Tamil Nadu delve into the secrets of the Siddha medicine used for treating high blood pressure. The essential oil from the root of Hrivera is indeed effective and acts on the calcium channels as most other antihypertensives do, they find.

Fucoidan: A Natural Polysaccharide for Cervical Cancer

The drug, SAHA, used for treating cervical cancer has too many side effects. Ilora Ghosh and team from JNU has now suggests a nontoxic alternative, fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide from brown seaweed.

Protecting Rubberwood Furniture: Bio-synthesized nanoparticles

Protecting furniture from fungal attacks, especially in monsoon, is a problem. It becomes more acute if the wood used is from the rubber tree. Scientists from the Institute of Wood Science and Technology now offer a solution.

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