Doctors warned against performing caesarean sections too readily
It has become the vogue even in developing nation like Nigeria, which has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world.
Microbe produces ethanol from switchgrass without pretreatment
Scientists engineered a strain of a consolidated bioprocessing bacterium that breaks down biomass without pretreatment, producing ethanol and demonstrating the successful conversion of switchgrass cellulosic biomass.
IYL- Elucidating light (2)
Under the laws of nature, therefore, remoteness and abstractness do not confer immunity. We are susceptible to influences from immense distances in the universe—whether it is elementary particles (cosmic rays) whizzing in from other galaxies at near light-speed, or the pattern and periodicity of starlight.
Future HIV vaccine could trigger body’s immune system
A new vaccine to stimulate the body’s immune system could offer a cure for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV). The ‘kick and kill’ strategy aims to eradicate the virus, by stimulating the immune system - the body’s natural defence mechanism - with a vaccine.
Comet 67P springs magnetic surprise
In a new twist in a landmark exploration, Europe's comet-chasing Rosetta mission has found that its target, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has no magnetic field, scientists reported on Tuesday.
Scientists employ algae as biofuel, to mop up pollutants
Scientists, in one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, found they could grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous from wastewater.
Nuclear weapons — proliferating nonsense (7)
Ostensibly, HEU was for power generation. But, as with Iran under the Shah, it is doubtful that any Western power was deceived. This includes France, whose nuclear fabricator, Framatome, built two civilian reactors, which were installed at Koeberg.
Nigeria to receive WHO drugs for extensively resistant TB
Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has said that the first batch of drugs to treat cases of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is due to arrive in the country next week. The drugs, courtesy of the World Health Organisation (WHO), are expected to treat some TB patients that are already resistant to first and second-line drugs.
Nuclear weapons — proliferating nonsense (6)
Further evidence that the Western powers knew of the shah’s intention comes from Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators, who is now a research scholar at Princeton University (U.S.A.)
Herbal combo may provide novel ‘cure’ for breast cancer
Bioactive flavonoids isolated successfully from Touch Me Not (Mimosa pudica), Aloe vera and stonebreaker (Phyllanthus niruri) may provide the much sought after cure for breast cancer. India researchers from Kannur University, Kerala, India, in a study published in the International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences found that flavonoids isolated from Aloe vera, Mimosa pudica and Phyllanthus niruri showed cytotoxicity activity against human breast carcinoma cell line (MCF-7) and the inhibitory concentration at 50 per cent growth (IC50) was found to be, Mimosa pudica, Aloe vera and Phyllanthus niruri.