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Week in science (the hindu)

Wikimedia CommonsWas an isotope of this metal/metalloid used to poison Yasser Arafat? Excerpts from science, technology, environment and health reports from around the web. Arafat and polonium-poisoning: A sort-of update On Friday, the news network Al Jazeera made an announcement: the British medical journal, The Lancet, was now supporting the

Poultry meat turns into valuable bio-diesel source

Dr. John Abraham, a research scholar in the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC&RI), here has developed processes that can extract bio-diesel from poultry carcases in a cost-effective manner. The project for his Ph.D. won four gold medals. According to statistics available with the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Vegetable-derived compound protects against radiation

The HinduVIRTUOUS VEGETABLES: A diet rich in vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli has been linked to a lower risk of several sorts of cancer. Photo:S. R. Raghunathan The compound may protect people under radiation therapy and those exposed to radiation from a nuclear accident A naturally occurring molecule has

Great Indian Bustard under threat

Great Indian Bustard. Photo: Special Arrangement Destruction of its habitat and poaching are the key problems Once widely spotted across 11 States, the Great Indian Bustard is currently listed under the category of Critically Endangered birds, in the 2013 ‘Threatened Bird’ list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Syria officially joins UN chemical weapons pact

UN confirmed that it has received documents from Syria on joining the Chemical Weapons Convention. The convention requires all parties to declare and destroy all of the chemical weapons they possess. Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has the job is to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention, a treaty which came

India to Display Latest Products at Adex 2013 in Seoul

[pib]India will for the first time display during an international event its latest, state-of-the-art weapon systems, platforms, sensors, communication systems and equipment designed and developed by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization). DRDO, along with its production partners will prominently display India’s strength and expertise in design, development and production

Climate science in real world

Illustration: Ajit BajajWhat we desperately shut our minds to is once again being pronounced ever more clearly: climate change is here; it is already bringing devastating extreme weather events; it will become worse in the years to come. In late September, part 1 of the fifth assessment report (AR5) of