Jordan launches EU-supported solar plant

Amman, Nov 21 : Jordan has with the European Union support launched a 5-megawatts solar plant located in the south of the country, a media report said. Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh said the plant, which was built at a total cost of $ 8 million, is part of Jordan’s efforts […]

Scientists solve the mystery of America’s scuba-diving fly

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Nov 20 : A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert. Research published on […]

Need to double number of operational satellites: ISRO chief

New Delhi, Nov 20 : To meet the sky-rocketing domestic technology and knowledge-based demands, India’s space agency needs to at least double the number of operational satellites in the coming days, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said here on Monday. While currently India has 42 operational satellites for different purposes including […]

US regulator audits Biocon drug facility in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Nov 20 : Indian biotech major Biocon Ltd on Monday said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had audited its aseptic drug product facility here and issued an establishment inspection report on its current good manufacturing practice. “The FDA had audited our drug making facility between May 25-June 3 and classified its outcome […]

Chicken poop could replace coal in electricity generation

New York, Nov 20 : Treated excrement from chickens, turkeys and other poultry, when converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace coal as a renewable energy source, says a study. The study, published in the journal Applied Energy, showed that treated poultry excrement could replace approximately 10 per cent of coal used in electricity […]

Scientists predict bigger earthquakes in 2018

Washington, Nov 20 : The world could see an increase in the number of strong earthquakes in 2018 and the next few years due to periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation, scientists have warned. There is a clear correlation between the speed of the earth’s rotation and global earthquake activity, said Roger Bilham of the […]