Friday, 30 September, 2022

Topic: Plants

Houseplants don’t just look nice—they can also give your mental health a boost

Not having access to nature can affect our health adversely. It’s been linked to symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as other conditions.

1,000-year-old grave of a non-binary person identified in Finland & hi-bye gestures of apes

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

How alternative proteins are transforming food

Plant-based, microorganism and animal cell-based alternatives to animal meat, fish, eggs & dairy are projected to make up 11% of global protein consumption in 2035.

Plants that can send emails, warn us about climate change — All about plant nanobionics

Emerging field of plant nanobionics uses sensors and nanotechnology embedded in plants to exploit their natural processes for data collection and interpretation.

Scientists find out how plants pass on defects to offspring

The findings — made by a team of researchers from the UK, France, Germany, Japan, and US — have been published in the journal eLife.

Five reasons why we shouldn’t throw away, but grow and eat weeds

Weeds can be nutritious and tasty, if we know which ones to pick.

Feeling stressed? Just add some pretty plants to the front of your house

Ornamental plants including shrubs, trees, climbers & bedding plants were introduced to 38 previously bare front gardens in England. Here’s what scientists found.

Can plant traits be modified without modifying their DNA? Netherlands study says yes

The study led by ecologist Dr Alexandre Jousset says plants can be improved without modifying their DNA. This approach involves making changes to the plant microbiome.

People don’t get nutrition in plants, but AI can

Humans lack a molecular understanding of plants, but emerging technologies can help them understand the power of plants to improve health & wellness outcomes.

The greatest colonisers on earth? Plants. And this is how they did it

The world 500 million years ago looked very different. Then we found that two large groups of genes appeared in plants during their transition onto land.

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File photo of man walking past RBI logo in its Mumbai headquarters | Reuters

India’s current account deficit widens to 2.8% of GDP in Q1, highest in nearly 4 years

RBI data shows that India's CAD was around $23.90 billion in the first quarter of FY-22/23. Following the rising prices of commodities globally, the trade deficit also has been affected.


Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.