Sunday, March 19, 2006

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Don Quixote And Sancho
Brain power
Here’s Don Quixote and Sancho drawing attention once again. Just that this time they are together as a two-headed baby turtle, the left head is called Don Quixote and the right, Sancho. The turtle is proving to be huge draw at an aquarium in Chile. According to its owner, vet Federico Errazuriz, the turtle is normal, apart from the two heads with two brains, and will live up to 15 years.
Fungus fights malaria

Mould in your house may keep malaria at bay by killing off the mosquitoes which carry the contagion. Researchers at the Imperial College in London found that an oil-based live spore (found in mould) spray could be a viable alternative to the insecticides to which mosquitoes have grown resistant. The fungi have already been successfully used to keep agricultural pests at bay. The oil-based spray of the Beauveria bassiana fungus either kills or maims the mosquitoes so that they can’t spread malaria.
A field study in Tanzania showed that the fungal spray slashed the lifespan of the pests and significantly cut down malaria in the endemic zone. The biggest advantage of the fungal insecticide is its low cost.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


Some people like to talk to their plants. Now, students at Singapore Polytechnic say they have created a plant that can commmunicate with people — by glowing when it needs water.
The students said today that they have genetically modified a plant using a green fluorescent marker gene from jellyfish, so that it “lights up” when it is stressed as a result of dehydration.
The light is hard to detect with the naked eye but can be seen using an optical sensor developed in collaboration with students at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.