Two nanomaterials make polymers 400 times better it takes a research team from Bengaluru 10 days to prepare a batch of the compound it hopes would revolutionize the world. The compound consists of polyvinyl alcohol, a polymer, mixed with two carbon nanomaterials. There is a tremendous increase in the stiffness and hardness of the polymer

Processed garlic loses its ability to protect the heart freshly cut garlic releases hydrogen sulphide due to which it smells like rotten eggs. This discourages many from consuming the cloves fresh. Keeping in mind its health benefits, the food processing industry produces edible garlic pills and powders which do not have the smell. New research shows that the pills will not do any

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Certain plants absorb pollutants from wastewater for their metabolism. A team from the National Botanical Research Institute in Lucknow, planned a plant-based project to clean the Ganga. U N Rai, environment scientist who heads the team, speaks to Savvy Soumya Misra On how the project began With the help of a non-profit in Pune, our group of four scientists submitted a project on

A clinical trial okays an expensive vaccine for India typhoid is the fifth common disease in India; children are particularly vulnerable. But no vaccine to prevent this contagious disease has been part of the country

Scientists tweak turmeric extract to help human body absorb it; may help treat breast cancer the Ayurveda system of medicine recommends use of turmeric, Curcuma longa, for a range of ailments including inflammation and pain. The age-old cure for common diseases has now been turned into a new age wonder drug that could cure cancer. It goes by the name curcumin. But uses of curcumin, the

VIEW FINDER PATIENT ZERO The state government of Veracruz, in Mexico, unveiled a statue in honour of Edgar Hernandez, the four-year-old boy believed to be the first person in the world infected with H1N1 virus. He survived. The 1.3 metre bronze sculpture, erected in the town of La Gloria on the slopes of Cofre de Perote mountain, symbolized

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Chinese officials are retreating from their controversial plan to install an internet filtering system on computers in the country. But only somewhat. The country

In 1973, Leonardo Henrichsen turned his film camera on the soldier who was aiming at him and held it steady until he was shot to death. But the justice system never caught up with the killer of the Argentine journalist, murdered in Chile while he was filming a military uprising. Immediately after the incident, a coup d