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Elemental Carbon: Air quality indicator?

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April 6, 2020

Aerosols of two and half and ten micrometres are considered as measures of air pollution.  The proportion of elemental carbon in the aerosols that gets deposited in lungs may also need to be included, argue scientists.

Mycorrhiza in paddyfields: Surviving arsenic and salinity

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in soils are known to improve crop productivity. But what if the soil is saline, contaminated with arsenic and is flooded for rice cultivation? How do we improve the diversity and population of these fungi?

Electrical Sensors to Detect Cancer

Cancer, according to a 2018 survey, afflicted two million people and killed approximately eight lakhs. In most cases, cancer is undetectable till the last stage. Therefore, simple and easy detectors are in demand for early detection. Now, Tanusree Roy from the UEM, Kolkata has devised an electro-sensor to distinguish between cancerous and non-cancerous cells based… Read More ›

Cooking with Arsenic: a gruelling story

While public discourse focus attention on arsenic in ground water, researchers from West Bengal call attention to arsenic in cooked rice.

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