By M. Sreelata A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international livestock conference heard. The software tool, called Information Network on Animal Productivity and...
A new drug which does not require refrigeration and retains efficacy at higher temperatures and humidity could help prevent deaths of mothers due to excessive bleeding following childbirth in low-income countries, a new study by the World Health Organisation has found. The drug, heat-stable carbetocin, retains its efficacy for at...
‘Three-people IVF’ technique that can prevent babies from being born with life-threatening genetic disorders could be soon legal in Australia. A group of Australian politicians has recommended that government should consult public and scientific experts about permitting the clinical use of this reproductive technology. The technique helps women to avoid passing...
By Anita Makri Studies on how men and women differ in their brain biology get too much attention and are used wrongly to draw conclusions about aptitudes for science, according to gender experts. Although the male and female brain may differ in size, structure and function, there is no evidence that...
A detailed economic analysis by researchers says that the estimated cost of directly capturing carbon from the atmosphere to fight climate change has plunged down and is now inching closer to commercial viability. The researchers at Carbon Engineering in Calgary, who published the report in Jourle on June 7, have...
Anti-bacterial viruses could be a potential solution to the global problem of growing antibiotic resistance, shows a new research. Presented at the annual meeting of American Society for Nutrition, in Boston, the study shows that such viruses, called bacteriophages, reduced the level of bacteria that cause gastrointestinal problems in people,...
By Fatima Arkin A recent controversy triggers long-standing debate over subscription vs open- access journals. Fatima Arkin reports. Scientists are getting more and more interested in open-access journals. They see the advantages: more citations of their work, and a favourable eye from publishers, especially those based in Europe, who face political...
About a fifth of the money that the European Union provided in 2017 to fund high-risk research has helped create a scientific breakthrough, a self-review carried out by the European Research Council (ERC), the most prestigious science funding agency of the EU has found. It found that 19% of 223...
By Anita Makri A vest designed with a built-in decontamination kit to help humanitarians respond to chemical attacks more intuitively in the field has been launched with an open-source design. Roger Morton, a logistician with the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF-Medicins Sans Frontiers), worked on the idea after a six-month...
By Inga Vesper Covering walls with concrete or plaster can reduce the growth of moss and mould in tropical homes prone to dampness. In an experimental study using different types of wall materials, researchers from Sri Lanka found that smooth surfaces mean less opportunity for water to congregate on wall surfaces. Countries...

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