India’s Mars Mission


Mars Orbiter Missio

Space-faring India’s first Mars Orbiter Mission takes off from the country’s eastern seaboard on 5 November 2013.

India’s Mars mission to look for evidence of methane on the Red Planet

Space-faring India’s first Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) takes off from the country’s eastern seaboard on 5 November 2013. Informally called Mangalyaan (Marscraft), it would study the surface and atmospheric composition in the Red Planet and look for signs of life. The Rs 450-crore ($74 million) mission is being executed in just 15 months after the government approved it in August 2012. Read More

 

 

 

 

Scientists explore the benefits of defects in diamond

Vanessa Huxter, former member of Graham Fleming’s research group and Professor, University of Arizona.

Scientists explore the benefits of defects in diamond

From supersensitive detections of magnetic fields to quantum information processing, the key to a number of highly promising advanced technologies may lie in one of the most common defects in diamonds. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have taken an important step towards unlocking this key with the first ever detailed look at critical ultrafast processes in these diamond defects. Read More

 

 

 

Blueberries' polyphenol content changes upon cooking and baking.

Blueberries’ polyphenol content changes upon cooking and baking.

Polyphenol content of blueberries decreases on baking

Blueberries are called a “superfood” for their high polyphenol content, but when served as warm, gooey pie filling or when lending bursts of sweet flavour to a muffin, their “super” health benefits change. Scientists studied how cooking and baking affect the increasingly popular fruit’s polyphenols and reported their mixed findings – levels of some of these substances rose while others fell – in ACS’ Journal ofAgricultural and Food Chemistry.Read More

 

 

 

Towards recycling materials used in TVs, car batteries, cell phones

Towards recycling materials used in TVs, car batteries, cell phones

Towards recycling materials used in TVs, car batteries, cell phones

Many of today’s technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, cell phones, rely on materials known as rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply, but scientists are reporting development of a new method to recycle them from wastewater. The process, which is described in a study in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, could help alleviate economic and environmental pressures facing the REE industry.Read More

 

 

Andrew Abbott, Professor, University of Leicester.

Andrew Abbott, Professor, University of Leicester.

Biodegradable MDF to reduce problem of future waste

A new biodegradable and recyclable form of medium density fibreboard (MDF) has been created that could dramatically reduce the problem of future waste. Andrew Abbott, Professor, University of Leicester has been awarded the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation 2013 that will help him make the critical step from prototype to product.Read More

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