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Scientists Finds Technology to Identify Water Pollution

13 Oct 16

The researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created a DNA-based device. This newly developed device can detect and distinguish sources of microbial contamination in water. The research was done with the help of a PhyloChip that is as small as a credit card. According to the claim this device is capable of identifying the presence of over 60, 000 species of bacteria.

 

During a test which was conducted in Northern California, the scientists have come to know this new method works without affecting humans’ health. Through a live test the scientists have concluded that the new device works much effectively as compare to conventional fecal indicator tests.

 

The researchers said some diffuse sources are difficult to identify which is becoming a serious concern. Earlier, Phylochip has been used for several medical, agricultural, and environmental purposes. Additionally, Phylochip also helps to check air pollution as well as the nature of coral reef.

 


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Recording and Animating of Dreams Will Change Future

22 Sep 17

34th Annual Conference of the International Association was conducted in Anaheim, California. The conference was on the Study of Dreams. Inspiring researchers and clinicians who have worked on the field of dreams witnessed this conference.

Daniel Oldis who is a lucid dreaming author and Social Dreaming Advisor at DreamsCloud presented his project on “Animating Dreams and Future Dream Recording”. This project aimed to establish a way for capturing and simulating motor behavior in dreams. The presentation on this project consist a demonstration of an iPad avatar animation. It was created out from real data of a sleeping participant. They also thought that their set up will reflect the movements of the participant’s dreaming body.

A lot of research on dream subject was able to establish that body movements in dreams are connected with real signals in the muscles of the sleeping body. The signals are those that appear in the same muscles that are involved in the dream behavior.

By: Bhavna Sharma

Content: www.psychologytoday.com


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'Slow Motion' Earthquakes in New Zealand

21 Sep 17

An Earthquake is a natural phenomenon that occurs when sudden energy is released by earth. It typically causes great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth's crust or volcanic action. There is a kind of slow motion earthquake that occurs over days to weeks be considered to be able to bring great destruction, called a “Slow slip events.” A new study has revealed Kaikura earthquake with 7.8 magnitudes triggered a slow slip event on New Zealand's North Island. A few of the slow slip events occurred as far away as 300 miles from the earthquake. Kaikoura earthquake that hit the South Island of New Zealand in 2016 is considered the second largest quake that has ever been recorded with 7.8 magnitudes.

This type of fault is responsible for causing some of the world's most dangerous earthquakes. An area where a tectonic plate dives or "sub ducts" under an adjacent tectonic plate is termed as subduction zone. This type of fault causes some of the world's most powerful earthquakes, which occur when areas of built-up pressure between the tectonic plates fractures. Slow slip events resemble to earthquakes, as they involve more frequent than normal movement between two pieces of Earth's crust along a fault. Scientists are still trying to justify the relationships between slow slip events and earthquakes but it is clear that they are very powerful earthquakes.

Content Source: www.sciencedaily.com

By: Priyanka Negi


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A Balance Amount of Folic Acid to Lower the Risk of Autism

20 Sep 17

Autism is a disorder that refers to a range of conditions, combined with various neurological and physical disabilities. It creates problem in repetitive behaviour, speech, understanding and nonverbal communication of the child.  A research has proven that the children whose mothers had taken 800 or more micrograms of folic acid, has comparatively lower risk of developing Autism. It is also important that mother should be away of pesticides and polluted area to avoid the disease in child. Mothers who took folic acid and were not exposed to pesticides during pregnancy then there had been lesser chance of developing Autism in the child. It is found by a research that being exposed to pesticides and having a lower level of folic acid at the time of conception of foetus invites autism in child. Folic acid helps in recreation of body cells that is essential to fight with autism. It also helps in DNA formation and repair. Autistic children always face trouble in performing their regular activities and communicating with others unlike normal children. This can be avoided by applying some regular precaution and by consuming a regular quantity of folic acid before and during pregnancy; however, it is not a 100% cure. High doses of folic acid helps improve brain function by overcoming the blockade and restoring normal foliate levels inside brain cells that minimizes the risk of autism.

 

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

 

Autism is a disorder that refers to a range of conditions, combined with various neurological and physical disabilities. It creates problem in repetitive behaviour, speech, understanding and nonverbal communication of the child.  A research has proven that the children whose mothers had taken 800 or more micrograms of folic acid, has comparatively lower risk of developing Autism. It is also important that mother should be away of pesticides and polluted area to avoid the disease in child. Mothers who took folic acid and were not exposed to pesticides during pregnancy then there had been lesser chance of developing Autism in the child. It is found by a research that being exposed to pesticides and having a lower level of folic acid at the time of conception of foetus invites autism in child. Folic acid helps in recreation of body cells that is essential to fight with autism. It also helps in DNA formation and repair. Autistic children always face trouble in performing their regular activities and communicating with others unlike normal children. This can be avoided by applying some regular precaution and by consuming a regular quantity of folic acid before and during pregnancy; however, it is not a 100% cure. High doses of folic acid helps improve brain function by overcoming the blockade and restoring normal foliate levels inside brain cells that minimizes the risk of autism.

 

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170908205535.htm

 

 

 


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Delhi’s Forgotten Historical Gems

19 Sep 17

Delhi has given shelter to everyone and it’s a place full of historical monuments. These places remind us the stories of ancient times and early India. It’s often called a best destination for tourist.

However, there are many places which are ignored by tourists and residents. There is a treasure trove of monuments out there, waiting to be explored. There are various other structures and monuments and Adham Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Village is one of those. This tomb is built by Akbar in 1561 for his foster-brother Adham Khan, son of Maham Anga, who Akbar ordered killed by repeatedly throwing down the walls of the Agra Fort.

As per the history, this tomb is considered unique because of its octagonal shape. Most of the tombs of 3rd century BC are hexagonal. Many people believe that Akbar wanted to build a tomb for Adham in respect for his mother Maham Anga, while making it matchless in the sense that this was a tomb of a traitor.

Content: wikipedia.org

By: Priyanka Negi


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An Eye on Earth- Search of Hidden Worlds

18 Sep 17

A group of scientists from Queen's University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have come out with a new discovery that find out that how an alien observer can able to detect our Earth using our own techniques. They found that at least nine planets are well placed to observe movement of Earth. Solar missions like SuperWASP and Kepler have discovered thousands of stars other than sun in the solar galaxy and have named them “Exoplanets.”

The new concept is that, various planets in our Solar System could be seen while passing through their “transit zones” that is the area near their host star. Many other planets can also be seen depending upon the time and distance from the star. Smaller planets are more likely to be seen as larger planets block out more light while passing through their host stars. It is observed by the astronomers that three planets at most could be observed from anywhere outside of the Solar System, and that combinations of three planets are not possible.

Detecting a single planet is higher than two or three planets. It is estimated that there are tens of the worlds that are favourably located to detect the Earth and are capable of sustaining life. In future scientists may target these transit zones to search for exoplanets with favourable living conditions.

By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com


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