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Banana Cultivation Practices: tradition meets science

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June 25, 2019

Scientists from the Kerala Agricultural University, the Gandhigram Rural Institute investigate traditional banana cultivation practices in Kerala with the scientific basis. A challenge to scientists to find scientific rationale for successful crop cultivation practices.

Estimating Rainfall: A comparison of satellite data products

There are various satellite data products that can help predict rainfall. Which one is best for the purpose? M. Venkatarami Reddy, and Imranali M. Momin from the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, and Ashis K. Mitra and D. S. Pai from the India Meteorological Department investigates.

Subterranean Snakehead Fish: Floods reveal hidden ecosystem

Last year’s floods in Kerala brought out a new snakehead fish from the underground aquifers. 90% of the fish diversity in the Western Ghats is still unknown to science, say scientists. Kudos to the alertness of scientists in KUFOS Kochi that led to the identification of a new species of fish.

Groundwater in the Deccan Traps: Estimating protective capacity of aquifers

Satara, Solapur and Sangli are in the dry Deccan volcanic province. While locating groundwater in the region, researchers from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism point out that there is urgent need to protect the aquifers from contamination.

Tambulin Prevents Aging – Useful in Parkinsons’ Disease

Tambulin from tejphal is seen to delay ageing, increase longevity of the model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans. Perhaps tambulin may be useful in treating Parkinsons’ disease too, find scientists from CSIR-CIMAP

Carbon Sequestration for Coal-based Power Plants

Coal based power plants generate huge amounts of carbon dioxide. What steps can the power plants take to reach zero emission standards? Scientists from NIT Rourkela show the way.

Recognising Congestive Heart Failure

Diagnosing heart conditions from an EEG is not easy. Now Indian researchers in collaboration with those in Singapore have come up with a technique to automatically recognise congestive heart failure from EEG signals. Read on for more.

Travel and Multitasking: Digital and social divide

While travelling in the hustle bustle of Mumbai city, what do people do? How do economic and social conditions affect what you do when travelling? Varun Varghese and Arnab Jana from the IIT Bombay investigates.

Making Boats with Discarded Fishing Nets

Discarded fishnets cause havoc in marine environment. So use it to make fishing boats and save on fibreglass in the composite, advise researchers from Tamil Nadu

Paper Based Cancer Biosensor

A paper based sensor to detect cancer by researchers from Delhi Technological University, Indian Institute of Science, Delhi University and Rajkiya Engineering College. Read on for details of this low cost diagnostic device.

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