Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India

Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India | 08/24/2016 Using satellite data and regional climate models, IIT Bombay researchers have found that deforestation (converting woody savannah to crop land) in northeast India and north-central India has led to a 100-200 mm reduction in summer monsoon rainfall in these two regions. The land use information is based on satellite data for two time … Continue reading Deforestation brought on decreased precipitation in Ganga Basin, NE India

Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study

Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study | 08/18/2016  A widely-used class of insecticides called neonicotinoids has contributed to the large-scale and long-term decline of wild bees, according to research unveiled Tuesday.A study covered 62 species from 1994 to 2011, examining the impact of exposure to the pesticide, which was used to treat oilseed rape crops in England. In five of the species, … Continue reading Neonic’ bug sprays awful news for honey bees: study

Rs. 50,000 fine for airlines if planes empty human waste on air

Rs. 50,000 fine for airlines if planes empty human waste on air | 20/12/2016 The menace of human waste being splattered on houses from airplanes while landing, today led the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to slap a fine of Rs. 50,000 on the airline whose aircraft empties toilet tanks on air. The NGT directed aviation regulator DGCA to issue a circular to all airlines, whose … Continue reading Rs. 50,000 fine for airlines if planes empty human waste on air

GST rate on polluting items may be higher : Jaitley

GST rate on polluting items may be higher : Jaitley | 10/15/2016 Within days of India signing the Paris Agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said tax on environment unfriendly products will be “distinct” from others in the forthcoming GST regime so as to boost funds for climate financing. “The indirect tax regime that we are planning, the rate of … Continue reading GST rate on polluting items may be higher : Jaitley

DNA dominoes on a chip

| 08/16/2016   Recreating important biological processes in cells to better understand them currently is a major topic of research. Now, physicists at TU Munich and the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot have for the first time managed to carry out controlled, so-called DNA condensation on a biochip. This process comes into play whenever DNA molecules are closely packed into tight spaces, for example in circumstances … Continue reading DNA dominoes on a chip

New species of eel found in Bay of Bengal

New species of eel found in Bay of Bengal Author | 08/21/2016 Scientists have discovered a new species of eel a snake like fish from the northern Bay of Bengal along the West Bengal coast.The species Gymnothorax indicus is slender-bodied, about one feet-long and edible. The eel was studied by the scientists at Sankarpur fishing harbour in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district, after it was collected in … Continue reading New species of eel found in Bay of Bengal

Top 10 revolutionary scientific theories

Top 10 revolutionary scientific theories Most scientific fields have been made over with a revolutionary theory at least once in recent centuries. Such makeovers, or paradigm shifts, reorder old knowledge into a new framework. Revolutionary theories succeed when the new framework makes it possible to solve problems that stymied the previous intellectual regime. Here are my favorite revolutions. I’m hoping for more before I die.   … Continue reading Top 10 revolutionary scientific theories

Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt, and More Amazing Discoveries

Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt, and More Amazing Discoveries NO-MELT ICE CREAM Scientists have found a solution to sticky ice-cream hands—entirely by accident. After the 2011 tsunami damaged Japanese strawberry fields, the fruit was too unsightly to be sold whole. Pharmacy professor Tomihisa Ohta and his team at Kanazawa University thought they had a solution: They would make an extract from the strawberries—liquid polyphenol—that could … Continue reading Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt, and More Amazing Discoveries

E-waste: A Major Problem For India

E-waste: A Major Problem For India   Most of the things that we consume in our daily life is made out of non-renewable resources and these materials are increasingly getting scarce as time goes by. With the increase in waste generation caused in turn by an increase in consumption, the pressure on existing supply chain is forcing the suppliers to dig deeper for precious metals … Continue reading E-waste: A Major Problem For India

Tens of thousands of black holes may exist in Milky Way s center

Tens of thousands of black holes may exist in Milky Way s center Science, 05 Apr – 2018 , Posted by : Scientific India    A Columbia University-led team of astrophysicists has discovered a dozen black holes gathered around Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The finding is the first to support a decades-old prediction, opening up … Continue reading Tens of thousands of black holes may exist in Milky Way s center