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‘Hole in the Wall’ Initiative Receives TED Award

Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra received TED's annual prize of $ One million that gives an exceptional individual the chance to conceive and launch a high-impact project.

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.

Dr. Mitra, a Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK, launched the..Read more...


Message on a Roti for Clean Hands

An unusual “wash your hands before eating” campaign was undertaken by Unilever by stamping more than 2.5 million chappatis with the message, “Did you wash your hands with Lifebuoy?' at the Maha Kumbh Mela. The Maha Kumbh is the largest congregation of human beings on the planet.

In a report, Business India noted that in India, diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily. Hygiene practices are extremely..Read more...


Kerala women succeed in male-dominated Coconut Pollination

For the first time in Kerala, women are conquering a domain that was a monopoly of men, that of coconut pollination, a process of artificially pollinating seed nuts of hybrid coconut palms reports The Hindu.

A training programme for women in coconut pollination evoked a good response during a “Friends of Coconut Trees” programme (FoCT) organised by the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI). Thirty four ladies, mostly housewives, underwent training in pollination techniques.Read more...


Babies can hear syllables in the womb

Scientists say babies decipher speech as early as three months before birth as reported by BBC.

The evidence comes from detailed brain scans of 12 infants born prematurely.

At just 28 weeks' gestation, the babies appeared to discriminate between different syllables like "ga" and "ba" as well as male and female voices.Read more...


Vulture revival projects give hope

It is only of late that the services vultures render to the ecosystem are being appreciated—and missed. It is ironical that this bird has caught the interests of scientists and laymen alike when most species have been declared critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature reports Down To Earth.

There are nine vulture species found in India: Oriental White-backed Vulture, Long-billed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Indian Griffon Vulture, Himalayan G..Read more...

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