Category archives: Science & Technology

Poetic is nice, but software needs to be efficient too

The lyrical article on open software, in The Hindu, by Rahul Dé, professor at IIM, Bangalore, (editorial page, “Like poetry for software,” February 2, 2013) is of interest for several reasons. He compares the work of the great poet, Ghalib, with the computer code written by modern open-source programmers. Open source programmers have been in the forefront of the evolution of new, and often original, software suites for years and […]

Virus can help treat prostate cancer

Scientists including one of Indian-origin have discovered that a modified Newcastle disease virus can kill all kinds of prostate cancer cells without harming normal body cells. The modified virus is now ready to be tested in preclinical animal models, and possibly in phase I human clinical trials, scientists said. “A treatment for prostate cancer based on this virus would avoid the adverse side effects typically associated with hormonal treatment for […]

Manuka honey could halt growth of cancer cells

Kuala Lumpur Making a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, a team of UAE University researchers has discovered that manuka honey could effectively inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cell types including breast, skin, and colon cancer. Though the honey, obtained from nectar collected by honey bees from manuka trees found in New Zealand, has been recognised for its anti-bacterial and wound healing properties for many years, it has […]

BrahMos missile: Efforts on to develop technology for hypersonic version

BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture, has initiated efforts to develop technology for hypersonic version of the BrahMos missile which can travel at five to seven times the speed of sound, a top company official has said. “The company is roping in academics to develop there quisite technology before going in for designing and developing missiles which can travel at Mach 5 to 7 (five to seven times the speed […]