Prof. S Z Qasim: The First Indian To Set Foot On Frozen Continent Antarctica

By: Dr. Shah Ayaz Siddiqui, Editor-In-Chief-ICN Group The First Indian Antarctic Expedition where Prof. S Z Qasim successfully landed on 9th January 1982 and hoisted the Indian Flag on the frozen continent. Renowned Marine Biologist Prof. S Z Qasim, who first made way to the frozen continent Antarctica in 1981-82, and successfully organized and guided the next the seven expeditions, pioneered in Fisheries Biology, mari-culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research. Prof. S Z Qasim was born on December 31, 1926 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He began his schooling from…

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IIT Kharagpur Scientists Use Onion Skin To Generate Electricity

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh, Asstt. Editor-ICN Group & Hemant Kumar, Special Correspondent-ICN Group NEW DELHI: A pathbreaking research by scientists at IIT-Kharagpur (IITKgp) has shown the way to generate electricity from onion peel. Esteries left with bags of the waste product can now turn them into a power source – the skin of a single can light up 12 green LEDs. Professor Bhanu Bhusan Khatua, Sumanta Kumar Karan (a PhD scholar) and their team at the Material Science Centre (MSC) of IIT Kgp have developed the green technology after a year-long…

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Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Started Erupting Again, Trump Approves Disaster Aid

Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanos and one of five on the island.The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting nearly continuously since early May. LOS ANGELES: The continuous eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano created a tiny new island off the coast, which shortly disappeared, officials said Monday. Kilauea has been active since 1983, with 61 USGS-recorded eruptions. It’s one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and for the past few months it’s been in a period of heightened activity. According to the United States Geological Survey…

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Think, Eat and Save the Environment

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh, Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day with a new theme.This year the theme is  “BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION” According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age…

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ETHANOL: A RENEWABLE CLEAN FUEL

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh (Special Correspondent ICN Group) & Hemant Kumar ( Agriculture Correspondent ICN Group) NEW DELHI: Electricity is the only zero-emission option now available for vehicles, although emissions in the generation of electricity at the power plant are unavoidable. The issue of blending of ethanol with petrol in the country has been under examination for more than two decades. All the reports had confirmed the technical viability of blending ethanol with petrol for use lowering harmful engine emissions and reducing environmental pollutions the Supreme Court had made a beginning for clean environment…

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Mouth Breathing: An often neglected condition with long term health consequences

By: Dr. Amay Tripathi, Asstt. Editor-ICN LUCKNOW: Breathing provides our body the most important fuel of life- oxygen. It also allows us to release carbon dioxide and waste. Proper breathing ensures good health and vitality. Some people have the habit of breathing from mouth. But mouth breathing is not just another habit as it can lead to a variety of diseases and disorders. We have two air passageways to our lungs — the nose and the mouth. Healthy people use both their nose and their mouth to breathe. Breathing through the…

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Impact Of Climatic Changes In Indian Agriculture

By: Prof. R K Yadav (Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group) and Dr. Shweta (Asstt. Professor) KANPUR: Climate change has a serious impact on the availability of various resources on the earth especially water, which sustains life on this planet. Changes in the biosphere, biodiversity and natural resources are adversely affecting human health and quality of life. Throughout the 21st century, India is projected to experience warming above global level. India will also begin to experience more seasonal variation…

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Which Won’t Bite Humans Are In The Pipeline…

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh (Special Correspondent-ICN Group) & Hemant Kumar ( Agriculture Correspondent-ICN Group) NEW DELHI: Mosquitoes genetically engineered not to smell humans may offer a big relief to tourists who have seen their summer holidays ruined by itchy bites. The mosquitoes which are most effective when it comes to transmitting disease are those that have become highly used to feeding on humans. Efforts to prevent the spread of malaria by killing mosquitoes with insecticides are proving problematic, because they quickly become resistant to the chemicals. Now, the US Defense Department has…

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ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING : BEAUTY OR BEAST

By: Poornima Dubey( Bureau-Ayodhya/Fiazabad ) AYODHYA: As many responsible citizens of this world , you are also  taking several steps to reduce carbon footprint at home, dutifully recycle your wastes each week, replace all the incandescent light bulbs in your home by LEDs or CFLs  but even then also you are burdening our universe with great effect of light spilling very much by a major problem of artificial lightening  at its peak named as luminous pollution means the excessive, misdirected or invasive use of artificial outdoor lighting. This form of pollution…

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One Of The Most Respected Geologists Of India: Prof. Talat Ahmad

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem ( Chief News Editor, ICN Group ) NEW DELHI: We are living in an age of uncertainty and insecurity. Vulnerability to our lives and property has increased manifold in recent times. Constantly we are fighting with the natural calamities like flood, deluge, earthquake, tsunami and other such disasters. Of late, many Indian states like Gujarat, Rajasthan have passed through one of the worst phases of flood where many precious lives have been lost and wealth of billions of rupees has been washed out. Who can forget the…

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