Why India’s rabies problem is especially bad

India bears the world's heaviest rabies burden, according to a new study from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, accounting for 35% of all deaths due to the disease. Here's why you shouldn't be surprised (data from GARC). 1. Vaccination coverage of dogs Among the BRICS nations, India has the highest population of dogs and… Continue reading Why India’s rabies problem is especially bad

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Why India's rabies problem is especially bad

India bears the world's heaviest rabies burden, according to a new study from the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, accounting for 35% of all deaths due to the disease. Here's why you shouldn't be surprised (data from GARC). 1. Vaccination coverage of dogs Among the BRICS nations, India has the highest population of dogs and… Continue reading Why India's rabies problem is especially bad

Curious Bends – a rabid burden, two caverns of oil, the death of universal marriage and more

1. Over 35% of the world's rabies burden is borne by India "A global report on rabies has found India accounts for more than one-third of all deaths due to dog bite worldwide. Worse, the report says, most victims die at home because hospitalization provides little palliative care and death is inevitable. ... According to one… Continue reading Curious Bends – a rabid burden, two caverns of oil, the death of universal marriage and more

Hubble at 25: My picks

For the Hubble space telescope's 25th anniversary (April 24, 2015), NASA released a picture of the Westerlund 2 star cluster that the telescope shot. The image shows an expanding shell of gas lit up by the radiation from a cluster of 3,000 stars at its center. On the occasion of a quarter-century of operations, here are my favorite… Continue reading Hubble at 25: My picks

Curious Bends – nuclear Himalayas, tiny Indians, renewables victory and more

1. 50 years ago a bomb's worth of plutonium was lost on India’s second highest mountain. The mystery remains unanswered "In October 1965, the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) joined hands in a clandestine mission to install a nuclear-powered sensing device on the summit of India’s second highest peak, also one of… Continue reading Curious Bends – nuclear Himalayas, tiny Indians, renewables victory and more

10 things MESSENGER will be remembered for

Later in April, one of the most successful NASA missions will come to an explosive close. Scientists and engineers at the NASA Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University will accelerate the robotic Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging spacecraft - shortened as MESSENGER - downward, like a bullet at Mercury. MESSENGER was launched in… Continue reading 10 things MESSENGER will be remembered for

When you crack your knuckles, you’re creating bubbles

Cracking knuckles. Credit: wikihow

The next time you crack your knuckle, know that you're actually creating little gas-filled bubbles in the fluid that lubricates your knuckle's joints. The cavities appear because the bones at the joints separate rapidly, creating a low-pressure volume that's filled by gas 'pumped' out of the higher-pressure fluid. This is what Greg Kawchuk, a professor at… Continue reading When you crack your knuckles, you’re creating bubbles

When you crack your knuckles, you're creating bubbles

Cracking knuckles. Credit: wikihow

The next time you crack your knuckle, know that you're actually creating little gas-filled bubbles in the fluid that lubricates your knuckle's joints. The cavities appear because the bones at the joints separate rapidly, creating a low-pressure volume that's filled by gas 'pumped' out of the higher-pressure fluid. This is what Greg Kawchuk, a professor at… Continue reading When you crack your knuckles, you're creating bubbles

Curious Bends – expanding nuclear power, the Bombay Blood Group, doubting the tobacco-cancer link & more

1. India's new forest laws are criminalising tribes' once-normal livelihoods "India has forest coverage of 23% and more than 200 million live in and around these forests and depend on them for their life, livelihood and cultural identity. But under the banner (some call it “guise”) of scientific management of forests, the intended objectives of… Continue reading Curious Bends – expanding nuclear power, the Bombay Blood Group, doubting the tobacco-cancer link & more

Curious Bends – expanding nuclear power, the Bombay Blood Group, doubting the tobacco-cancer link & more

1. India's new forest laws are criminalising tribes' once-normal livelihoods "India has forest coverage of 23% and more than 200 million live in and around these forests and depend on them for their life, livelihood and cultural identity. But under the banner (some call it “guise”) of scientific management of forests, the intended objectives of… Continue reading Curious Bends – expanding nuclear power, the Bombay Blood Group, doubting the tobacco-cancer link & more