Use of medical glove to Prevent germ transmission

Use of medical glove to Prevent germ transmission

The World Health Organization has laid down the various procedures for use of gloves in order to prevent germ transmission. Medical gloves are recommended to be worn for two main reasons: To reduce the risk of contamination of healthcare workers’ hands with blood and other body fluids To reduce the risk of germ dissemination to

Borax as ant killer

Borax as ant killer

Borax is a natural cleaner that can kill ants and other insects by dehydrating them. Cleaning a home with borax, spreading the cleaner near entrances and crevices where ants enter, and baiting traps with a solution mixed with the cleaner can help rid buildings of ants and other insects. Using borax for ants is a

Ancient bed turned into bug repellent

Ancient bed turned into bug repellent

A finding published in a Science journal reveals that a 77,000-year-old plant found in a cave in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal province was being used as bug repellents more than 50,000 years back. Almost 80,000 years before humans began using chemical sprays to control insect pests, Africans were using mattresses made from bug-repelling plants to

Stinky socks to trap mosquitoes!

Stinky socks to trap mosquitoes!

What do mosquitoes like more than clean human skin? Stinky socks. Scientists think the musky odour of human feet can be used to attract and kill mosquitoes that carry deadly malaria. The Gates Foundation has announced that it would help fund one such pungent project in Tanzania. If they can be cheaply mass-produced, the traps

Ants as Pest

Ants as Pest

Ants are everywhere and occupy a great variety of habitats, with more than 12,000 known species worldwide. These creatures, are an important and indispensable part of our ecosystem. However, with growing anthropogenic activities, some of the ants have emerged as pests. Currently, four ant species namely Monomorium pharaonis, Monomorium indicum, Paratrechina longicornis and Tapinoma melanocephalum

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Biowarfare in the Restroom

Biowarfare in the Restroom

It’s with good reason that the most effective delivery method for biological warfare weapons is via aerosol suspensions: finely divided droplets or powders containing bacteria may be carried by air currents for long distances spreading their contamination as they are inhaled or fall on surfaces to be picked up later by touch. Also, the aerosol

Railways’ green initiatives

Railways’ green initiatives

In a green initiative, the Railways are tapping a mix of technologies to ensure environment friendly discharge of the human waste from trains. It is planning to develop bio-toilets along with the DRDO. The bio toilets will use bacterial strains, zero discharge system and vaccum suction. It has made elaborate plans to scale up the

Campaign for ‘Clean India’

Campaign for ‘Clean India’

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, recently launched awareness and sensitisation campaign ‘Clean India’ which will be implemented from April 2012 as part of the 12th five year plan initiatives for tourism. The campaign seeks to bring together media, government departments, NGOs, academia and the stakeholders of the travel industry and encourage active participation

Food safety workshop for Corporate Canteens

Food safety workshop for Corporate Canteens

Equinox Laboratories recently conducted a food safety workshop in Mumbai for corporate canteens. Ashwin Bhadri, Director of Equinox Labs said, “The main focus of the workshop was ‘Hygiene’ – both at the personal level and at the workspace (kitchens). It was topical after the recent spate of food poisoning cases was witnessed at a premier

MMRDA’s e-waste plant

MMRDA’s e-waste plant

MMRDA is developing an integrated e-waste processing facility at Mankoli, Bhiwandi, on public-private partnership basis. The integrated e-waste processing facility will be developed on a four hectare plot along with a Level-3 facility to process and recover precious metals. The `86-crore project will also treat ‘white goods’ such as worn out refrigerators, washing machines, tube

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