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Flightless Mosquitoes the Solution to Dengue Fever?

Where: Oxford, United KingdomFebruary 27, 2010 :Scientists have come up with a novel method to tackle the menace of dengue fever. They propose to breed mosquitoes that cant fly. The plan is to genetically alter the male of the species. These males will father a new generation of female mosquitoes with limited wing growth. The females will...

Mosquito Menace

Guess what besides fat raindrops, rain clouds in Mumbai bring? Those tiny terrors, mosquitoes. Result: nights spent tossing and turning, and swatting the insects. But the next morning you wake up with those tell tale red marks on your arms, pause to think if you took a bath or not the previous night.That's right. Human sweat turns mosquitoes on...

The Long and Short of It

November 4: In a throwback to the age of British rule, constables of the Indian police force in a few districts of Andhra Pradesh, might go back to wearing knickers.No, it's not nostalgia for the uniforms of the colonial period. Neither is it a matter of airing the legs in the intense Andhra heat. It appears that the state...

The Jungle Contest

The Jungle Contest
"ROAR!" growled the lion. "Everyone is scared of me!""HRMPHH!" trumpeted the elephant. "Everyone is scared of me!""What about me?" purred the panther. "I, too, frighten everyone!""No one can run faster than me!" snarled the cheetah. "Everyone is scared of me!""GROWL!" growled the tiger, baring his teeth. "I dare any one to cross my path! I'll gobble them up!""HA! HA! HA!" sniggered...

Evergreen Clothes

There is good news for those who love splashing around in rain puddles and don't want to get their clothes dirtied. Or those who play soccer but don't want their shirts to get soiled or wet with sweat. British scientists have created a fabric that never gets dirty or wet!The cloth is treated with a special non-sticky chemical that...

Five and a Half Wishes

Five and a Half Wishes
Bhuvan's parents had just moved to Chikmagalur from Bangalore. They had been waiting for a long time to get away from the pollution, noise, traffic and fast paced life. They thought Bhuvan being only six years old would adjust with ease to life in a small town. But Bhuvan was far from pleased. He didn't like the children in...

Why do Flies have Compound Eyes?

A macro portrait of the compound eye of a fly
Just like a man woos the woman he loves, takes her to nice restaurants, buys her presents, and courts her to impress her before marriage, animals too choose their mates through courtship.Since animals cannot do all these, they do it differently. Some animals put up a colourful display, while others give little gifts to their beloved - a choice...

Peppermint to Chase Mosquitoes Away

Peppermint to chase mosquitoes away
Padma Vasudevan, a scientist from India's capital, Delhi, has made an important discovery. Her team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, has found that peppermint oil chases away mosquitoes. It can also kill the mosquito larvae (Larvae are the wingless forms that hatch out of insect eggs). The best news of all is that it is very...

My Robot Robbi

My Robot Robbi
Have you ever seen a robot? No? Meet my robot friend and philosopher, Robbi. To be precise, its name is Robbi-999XHA.You may wonder what is Robbi-999XHA. Just as cars, washing machines or xerox machines are of different models with different names, does this strange name also indicate something similar? Yes, you’re absolutely right! It is a particular domestic model of...

The Wonderful World of Insects

The wonderful world of insects
What is an Insect?Insects are found all over India from the icy Himalayas to the burning sands of the Thar Desert. They are found in the murky depths of rivers and lakes, and in the grass in your neighbourhood park. In fact, insects are everywhere-flying in the air, hidden among leaves and flowers, buried deep in the ground...

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