Researchers finally reveal how birds get their colour

Birds’ feathers or plumage, are some of the most amazing variable animal characteristics that can be observed by the naked eye. The patterns that we see in birds’ feathers are made up of complex combinations of mottles, scales, bars, and spots. Dr Ismael Galvan and his expert research team from the University of Chicago, US studied the plumage coloration in 9,000 bird species. Read more


Mexichem has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 80 percent stake in Netafim Ltd, a private irrigation company in Israel, for a total enterprise value of $1.895 billion. Mexichem will buy the stake in the company from private equity fund Permira, which held a 61.3 percent stake in the Israeli pioneer of drip irrigation systems nd also from Kibbutz Magal and Kibbutz Hazerim. Read more



THE NETHERLANDS: IMCD NV said that it will acquire 100 percent of LV Lomas, the Canadian and US speciality chemicals and ingredients distributor. Lomas is an excellent fit with the IMCD business model and immediately provides IMCD with a significant presence in Canada and a further enhanced position in the US, the company said. Read more


Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology taking part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia will be aiming to blaze a winning trail in a stunning new vehicle featuring high-performance coatings supplied by AkzoNobel NV. Unveiled by Solar Team Eindhoven, the Stella Vie is a solar-powered family car capable of travelling 1,000km on one full battery. Read more