Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Use of Radium : Down the Memory Lane

The use of radium in medicine and industry is discontinued in many countries. The development of radium in medicine was one of the most significant steps in the fight against cancer. Radium needles for interstitial implantation and radium tubes for … Continue reading

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Solar power at record levels in Germany but a long way to go because of lack of bulk storage facility

We cannot underestimate the importance of solar power in the energy mix of some countries. Germany for instance recently it produced 22 GW of electricity for four hrs. It is half its requirement during mid-day. Germany has been making rapid … Continue reading

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Japan may have to go back to nuclear power, other developments

 Last week Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda did something which the International Herald Tribune (IHT) has characterized  as “a highly unusual move for a Japanese politician”. He  went on national television on Friday and told his fellow citizens that Japan … Continue reading

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Nanomedicine to fight cardiovascular disease

According to Dr Mason W Freeman, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School coronary artery disease (CAD) begins when plaques build up in the arteries.  He vividly described the process. Initially, the plaque deposit may be soft and mushy; later it hardens, … Continue reading

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Cheap shale gas may delay nuclear power revival

Availability of cheap shale gas in USA may come in the way of nuclear power renaissance in USA. Dr K S Parthasarathy analyzes the prospect for such a development  in a feature  article published by the Press Trust of India … Continue reading

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Heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicines

On December 15, 2004  Dr Sapar and colleagues published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stating that they found out that 20% of the Ayurvedic medicines purchased in Boston contained high concentrations of lead or arsenic … Continue reading

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