Miscellany

Miscellany

Mysuru turning mountain of trash into cash

It’s 6:30 a.m. in the Indian city of Mysuru and the streets are full of the sound of whistles blowing as workers in olive green aprons and rubber gloves begin a door-to-door search. They have come to collect one of India’s biggest untapped resources: garbage. 

H-1B visa bill has onerous conditions: Nasscom

The proposed US Bill -- Protect and Grow American Jobs -- is riddled with "onerous conditions" and places "unprecedented obligations" on both Indian IT companies and clients using H-1B visas, software body Nasscom has cautioned.

Cancer overrides body clock to survive

Cancer cells alter the body clock to boost tumour growth and survive conditions that would kill normal cells, a study has found. For tumours to grow and spread, cancer cells must make larger than normal amounts of nucleic acids and protein, so they can replicate themselves.

Yet in both normal and cancer cells that increase their synthesis of protein, a small per cent of those proteins do not fold properly. When that happens, the cell activates its unfolded protein response (UPR), which slows down the making of new proteins while the mis-folded proteins are refolded.

Talent crunch may spoil battery firms’ great lithium hope

In the global rush to supply the electric-car revolution, lithium hot spot Argentina is grappling with a shortage of talent.

Battery makers are depending on the South American nation’s high-altitude salt flats as a key new supply of the metal, with vast deposits and an investor-friendly government luring prospectors and developers.

Under president Mauricio Macri, Argentina has ambitions to become a lithium superpower, supplying as much as 45 per cent of the market, up from about 16 per cent now.

RBI may cut rates 25bps in April

The Reserve Bank of India is expected to go in for a policy rate cut of 25 bps in April next year to signal lower lending rates, which are key to the economic recovery, says a report.

According to global financial services major Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), inflation risks are “overdone” and though CPI inflation is likely to be 5.2 per cent in December 2017, it would cool down to around 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018.

Wealthiest become $1 trillion richer

The richest pe­ople on earth became $1 trillion richer in 2017, more than 4 times last year’s gain, as stock markets shrugged off economic, social and political divisions to reach record highs.

The 23 per cent increase on the Bloomberg billionai­res index, a daily ranking of the world’s 500 richest peop­le, compares with an alm­ost 20 per cent rise for both MSCI world index and St­a­ndard & Poor’s 500 index.

Spinal cord implants to numb pain, replace pills

For millions of Americans suffering from debilitating nerve pain, a once-overlooked option has emerged as an alternative to high doses of opioids: implanted medical devices using electricity to counteract pain signals the same way noise-canceling headphones work against sound.

Andaman is favourite destination this year-end

Andaman and Nicobar Islands has emerged as the new favourite visiting spot during the year-end this time, thanks to increased air connectivity and general growth in travel this time against a ‘demonetised year-end’ last year.

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