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13 new agricultural heritage landscapes designated by FAO 19.4.2018 Downtoearth
The new sites are in China, Japan, Egypt, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka
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More activity, healthier diet tied to extended survival after colon cancer 19.4.2018 Life | The Asian Age
Eating more red and processed meat was not associated with survival or cancer recurrence.
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Do environmental factors have an effect on rheumatoid arthritis? 19.4.2018 Life | The Asian Age
Michigan Medicine researchers probed the relationship between these two factors: the HLA gene and environmental pollutants.
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Scientists create plastic-eating enzyme 19.4.2018 Life | The Asian Age
The production of this enzyme allowed a research team to produce something capable of digesting plastic more effectively.
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Global warming killing the Great Barrier Reef: study 19.4.2018 Life | The Asian Age
As part of a global heat and coral bleaching event spanning 2014-2017, the Reef experienced severe heat stress and bleaching again in 2017.
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New research reveals sea levels rising rapidly 19.4.2018 Life | The Asian Age
Even small changes in sea levels can lead to flooding and erosion.
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Protein linked to breast cancer identified 19.4.2018 Health – The Indian Express
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Eat fatty fish to cut your heart disease risk 19.4.2018 Health – The Indian Express
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Chai Point gets $20 million fresh funds from Paragon Partners-led investors 19.4.2018 Hindu: Business
Existing investors also participate in the series C funding round.
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The power of community 19.4.2018 Downtoearth
The role of the Bishnois in sending Salman Khan to jail is a shining instance of the power of community participation in conservation
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Scientists improve plastic eating capacity of bacteria; humans buy 20,000 plastic bottles per second 19.4.2018 Downtoearth
New discoveries and improvements of plastic eating bacteria notwithstanding, humans cannot ignore their consumption choices
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Researchers have figured out a way of detecting life on Mars at the bottom of deep cave in Italy 19.4.2018 DNA: Popular News
Scientists have identified signs of the presence of life about 1,300 feet below ground in a massive cave in Italy, an advance that may help detect life on other planets. Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University in the US explored the microbiology and geochemistry of the Frasassi Caves in central Italy. They found variations in the isotopic content of atoms in the mineral gypsum, which is a weathering product of the cave's formation. Not all gypsum is formed by microbes, but gypsum formed by microbes will have a different ratio of isotopes in the atoms, according to the study published in the journal Astrobiology. This isotopic variation, in combination with other data, indicates that life played an active role in producing the gypsum. "Using this cave environment, we provide a real-life field example of how we can detect life, past or present, on other planets," said Jenn Macalady, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University. Scientists know microbes, or microorganisms, speed up ...
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Scientists develop low cost, more effective oil sorbents to solve spilling problems 19.4.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Scientists have developed a polymer sponge, using waste products from the petroleum and refining industries, that can quickly soak up crude oil from marine spills. The polymer made from waste cooking oil and sulphur (a by-product of the petroleum industry) could make polluted beaches, oily water, dead birds and marine life destruction a thing of the past. "This is an entirely new and environmentally beneficial application for polymers made from sulphur," said Justin Chalker, from Flinders University in the US. "This application can consume excess waste sulphur that is stockpiled around the globe and may help mitigate the perennial problem of oil spills in aquatic environments," said Chalker. Oil spills are a major global issue, with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation reporting about 7000 tonnes of crude oil spilling from tankers into oceans in 2017 alone. Hundreds of smaller spills of diesel fuel and other petroleum products affect developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America, ...
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Scientists develop worm-like robots to assist with earthquake rescue operations, find survivors 19.4.2018 DNA: Popular News
Scientists have developed a soft, worm-like robot that changes shape in response to its surroundings, and can slip through narrow crevices to search for survivors in the rubble left by an earthquake or bombing. Composed of ultrathin deformable sensors, actuating electronics and temperature-sensitive artificial muscle that can adapt to the environment, the robot's movements are similar to that of an inchworm or caterpillar. Potential applications range from surgery and rehabilitation to search and rescue in natural disasters or on the battlefield. "They sense the change in environment and adapt to slip through," said Cunjiang Yu, assistant professor at University of Houston in the US. These soft robots have significant advantages over the traditional rigid robots used for automation and other physical tasks. The researchers said their work, published in the journal Advanced Materials, took its inspiration from nature. "Many creatures, such as inchworms that have completely soft compliant bodies without ...
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This is what blindly aping the West looks like 19.4.2018 Downtoearth
A Western model of solid waste management is turning into a nightmare for citizens of Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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An entertaining comedy drama 19.4.2018 Hindu: Health
Love, Nina Is a British Series that’s both endearing and entertaining
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Researchers find ‘catastrophic’ coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef 19.4.2018 The Tribune
Sydney, April 19 Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered a “catastrophic die-off” of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed on Thursday. Scientists said some 30 per cent of the reef’s coral died in the heatwave from March to November 2016, the first of an unprecedented two successive years of coral bleaching along the 2,300-kilometre World Heritage-listed reef off Australia’s northeastern coast. The study published Thursday in the journal Nature found that coral, which serve as habitats for other creatures, were particularly hard hit by the rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. Terry Hughes, a report co-author and head of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at Australia’s James Cook University, told AFP the most susceptible to heat exposure were branching corals—table-shaped creatures that provide nooks and crannies for fish nurseries and fisheries. Corals that were more likely to survive the ...
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Nordic countries back India’s bid for UNSC permanent membership 19.4.2018 Free Press Journal: World
Stockholm : Nordic countries have backed India’s bid for permanent membership in a reformed and
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Agricultural heritage sites join ancient wisdom with modern adaptation 19.4.2018 Downtoearth
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System sites can teach us how our ancestors found ways to craft viable landscapes even in very austere environments for centuries
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Keep A Visitors Book At Panaji Civic Market 19.4.2018 Editorial – The Navhind Times
DISREGARDING the demand of the shopkeepers at the Panaji municipal market to shift the waste treatment plant located there, the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) has extended the contract of the party maintaining the plant till July. The contract expired on December 31, 2017 and it is mysterious why it was renewed for another ...
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