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SCR’s foot soldiers go digital

Rail patrol men, foot soldiers and key men of track maintenance of the Indian Railways, have also gone digital. With smartphones in everyone’s hands these days, the South Central Railway (SCR) has been successfully monitoring the condition of track, overhead power lines etc., making use of a mobile app to …

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ISRO awaits advanced materials

A national effort is needed to develop and produce advanced and exotic materials to drive the future space programme, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K. Sivan has said. Along with high propulsion systems for its launch vehicles, the ISRO is pursuing materials that have extraordinary properties, such as aluminium …

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Milk at breakfast can help manage diabetes risk

Drinking high-protein milk at breakfast can help lower blood glucose level throughout the day, suggests a study. The findings showed that milk consumed with a high-carbohydrate breakfast reduced blood glucose even after lunch. Milk with an increased proportion of whey protein had a modest effect on pre-lunch blood glucose, achieving …

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Robots can manipulate children

Robots can influence the opinions and decisions of young children, according to a study published in the journal Science Robotics. The study shows that kids are significantly more susceptible to manipulation by machines than adults. Researchers from University of Plymouth in the U.K. compared how adults and children respond to …

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‘Blast fishing’ thrives in Libya’s chaos

Residents of Tripoli’s seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximise their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life. Dynamite fishing, or “blast fishing”, has flourished — with impunity — since Libya’s 2011 uprising that left the country awash with weapons …

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Trapped beetle may unlock pollination secrets

Scientists have discovered a beetle trapped in amber that dates back to 99 million years, a finding that may help better understand the relationship between ancient flowering plants and pollinators. A group of unusual evergreen gymnosperms, known as cycads, may have been the first insect-pollinated plants. A study published in …

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