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Maharashtra locates "happy-go-lucky" Jai

Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar recently said there are preliminary reports suggesting Jai, the biggest tiger in the state, has wandered in the neighbourhood corridor of Pauni (Bhandara district) in Vidarbha region. Jai, who is tagged as a head turner, went missing from his home location Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary for the last few months, causing panic amongst the forest department.

The government had scaled up search operations ahead of the World Tiger Day, July 29. Maharashtra which has one of the finest tiger corridors is planning to bring its tourism on the global map. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mungantiwar have also rolled out an elaborate plan for tiger tourism. However, disappearance of state’s biggest tiger has given some anxious moments to the forest department.

According to Mungantiwar, “The reports from the field suggest that Jai has again embarked on an adventure straying from his present location to wander into deeper jungle corridor.” Based on the forest officials input, he said, “There are reports that village sarpanchs have spotted Jai near Pauni (bhandara).” The forest minister revealed that Jai is known for springing surprises through his wandering habits. He even described Jai as “happy-go-lucky”.

Source: The Indian Express

Mandatory for doctors to write legibly

The Indian government said recently that it has proposed a regulation to ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs.The ethics committee regulation of the Medical Council of India is proposed to read: "Every physician should prescribe drugs with generic names legibly and preferably in capital letters and he/she shall ensure that there is a rational prescription and use of drugs," said the minister for chemicals and fertilizers, Ananth Kumar.

The opposition members, while alleging that doctors write in ineligible handwriting that can be read by none other than chemists, also asked the government how it is going to ensure and implement the decision that it says has made mandatory for doctors to write generic names and not the branded names of medicines..

Responding to a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on high price of essential medicines by Samajwadi Party MP, Naresh Agarwal, the minister said, since drug price control order of 2013, a total of 1040 essential medicines have been brought under national list of essential medicine leading to savings of Rs 4,988 crore to the consumers.

The government is also increasing the number of Jan Aushudi outlets from 350 to 3000 in the country by the end of the year for free sale of essential drugs to the needy and has specifically asked the ministry of health to allow pharmacists to substitute generic medicines for prescription in brand name medicines, added Kumar.


New space boots to help astronauts

Scientists are developing a new space boot that can prevent astronauts or visually impaired people from tripping by using vibrations to guide the wearer around and over obstacles. Most falls happen because spacesuits limit astronauts' ability to both see and feel the terrain around them, researchers said.

The space boot being developed by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in the US has built-in sensors and tiny "haptic" motors, whose vibrations can guide the wearer around obstacles.

In a preliminary study, researchers determined what types of stimuli, administered to what parts of the foot, could provide the best navigation cues. On the basis of that study, they are planning trials using a prototype of the boot.

The work could also have applications in the design of navigation systems for the visually impaired. The development of such systems has been hampered by a lack of efficient and reliable means of communicating spatial information to users.


Police officers help blind homeless man

It’s easy to believe that all cops are monsters, but it’s important to remember that the individuals behind the badges are just people, too.Thankfully, police officers who strive to make the world a better place do exist.

Recently, two Texas police officers were making rounds when they came across a man named Quintius, who obviously needed help. Recognizing this, Sgt. Stephen Wick and Officer Colin Mansfield wasted no time.

Insider Edition reports that the two men could see from the elderly, blind man’s appearance that his health wasn’t in good condition and that he was living on the streets. His feet, in addition to being dirty, had toenails that were so long that they cut into his own feet.

The first order of business was to buy new clothes and shoes for Quintius. Then, Sgt. Wick humbly kneeled down to wash the blind man’s feet and give him a pedicure. Their last combined effort was to find him permanent housing.


New ‘veritable wonder’ to make water clean

In a bid to make dirty water fit for drinking, a team of scientists have come up with a device made up of “veritable wonder material” graphene oxide sheets. The team of researchers developed the new device at Washington University in St. Louis.

The graphene oxide sheets have been used in the device due to the fact that it is a good conductor of heat and electricity and turns out to be very useful in treating contaminated water. “We hope that for countries where there is ample sunlight, such as India, you’ll be able to take some dirty water, evaporate it using our material, and collect fresh water.” said Srikanth Singamaneni, one of the researcher.

As per the new experiment, newly developed graphene-based biofoam sheets are laid on contaminated water, and with use on sun-rays the bacteria-produced cellulose and graphene oxide to form a bi-layered biofoam to convert filthy water into drinkable.

“The design of the material is novel here. You have a bi-layered structure with light-absorbing graphene oxide filled nanocellulose at the top and pristine nanocellulose at the bottom. When you suspend this entire thing on water, the water is actually able to reach the top surface where evaporation happens, ” Singamaneni said.

Source: The Financial Express

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