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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Stevioside supplement therapy

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August 6, 2019

Researchers from CSIR-IICT, CCMB and A U college of Pharmaceutical have something sweet to tell people suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Steviol glycoside from Stevia rebaudiana is a good supplement therapy.

Rice Mill Wastewater Cleaned by Energy Crop 

J Umamaheswari and S Shanthakumar from the Vellore Institute of Technology show that it is feasible to upscale energy crop production with wastewater from rice mills – which otherwise would pollute the environment.

Monsoon Revival Over India Skipping North India?

Monsoon over India has seen a revival after 2000. But Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are left out. Why? Ramesh Kumar Yadav and Roxy Mathew Koll from the IITM Pune say that the answer may lie in the warming of eastern equatorial Indian Ocean and Rossby gyres.

Dating Elephanta Magmatism: Age, duration and evolution

Researchers from the St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, IIT Bombay and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre find that the volcanism in Elephanta islands predates the volcanism in Mumbai by more than 3 million years

Drum Composting for Household Kitchen Waste

IIT Bombay and NEERI Nagpur suggest decentralised composting of kitchen and garden waste to alleviate the urban wet gargabge problem. They developed a modified drum technique to accelerate compost production within five weeks.

Paper Industry Waste to Construction Material

Scientists from CSIR-CBRI Roorkee, IIT Roorkee and IIT Bombay tell paper mills how to avoid causing environmental harm by converting their waste materials to economically viable raw material for construction industry.

Hotspots for Stormwater Harvesting in Dehradun

Researchers from IIT Rourkee identifies the ideal sites for stormwater harvesting in Dehradun district using a web based geographic infomation system that allows public participation in decision making.

Cash from Cashew

Cashew nut factories in India now have more capacity than the nuts they can churn out. Farmers are not happy with the returns on investment. Here is a mini-review on recent discoveries that may change the situation.

Endangered Malabar Mahseer

Scientists from the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi clear the confusions about the identity of Malabar mahaseer, Tor malabaricus. Using mitochondrial DNA, they establish that it is different from Tor khudree, settling a century old debate.

How do Bees see Colours?

Bees need to identify flowers. How do their compound eyes see the world? Do they see the flowers in the same colours as us? Researchers from Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, the University College and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram join hands to find out.

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