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How mammal brains identify various smells

Researchers Shyam Srinivasan and Charles Stevens found that approximately six types of mammals, from mice to cats, distinguish odours in almost the same way by using circuitry in the brain. The study, published in the journal Current Biology , revealed that the size of each of the three components of …

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Colistin banned in animal food industry

Experts call it a significant move in targeting development of resistance to the antibiotic The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an order prohibiting the manufacture, sale and distribution of colistin and its formulations for food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements. Intensivists across the country …

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Breakthrough technique to eradicate mosquitoes

Uses 2 population control methods — radiation and bacteria A breakthrough technique harnessing two methods to target disease-carrying mosquitoes was able to effectively eradicate buzzing biters in two test sites in China, according to research published on Thursday. The mosquitoes targeted are a type that is particularly difficult to control …

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Moon mission launch aborted

ISRO stops Chandrayaan-2 countdown 56 minutes before scheduled lift-off India’s ambitious second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, suffered a temporary setback in the early hours of Monday, with the launch of the rocket being aborted 56 minutes before the scheduled lift-off. The mission was aimed at putting a rover on the moon’s …

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