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AAP will fight and win LS polls on its own Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Ruling out any alliance with the Congress, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday announced that his party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own and hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling BJP’s electoralpromise of granting full statehood to Delhi. Asserting that the upcoming polls will be fought on the issue of full statehood, Kejriwal criticised Modi for not fulfilling this promise as mentioned in BJP’s 2014 manifesto. “It amounts to cheating. They [BJP] should come clean,” Kejriwal said. “The ongoing general elections are also a part of the mass movement for full statehood for Delhi.last_img

Range Bandaras wife hospitalized

The police said that the assault had taken place at a house in Nugegoda. Investigations are underway. The wife of UNP Puttalam district MP Palitha Range Bandara was hospitalized this morning after being allegedly assaulted by her husband.According to the Mirihana police Mrs. Bandara was admitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital following the alleged assault. The hospital police post had recorded a statement from the wife of the UNP MP and then informed the Mirihana police over the incident. When the Colombo Gazette contacted the MP he rejected the allegation that he had assaulted his wife.He said that they had an argument over a private financial deal and she had then got herself admitted to hospital claiming that she was assaulted by him. When the Colombo Gazette contacted the hospital, a doctor speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the wife of the MP had sought treatment for internal injuries to her head.A scan was to be carried out to check the extent of the injuries. read more

Canadas faith in hockey rewarded

There are few nations on Earth that take the game of hockey — at any level — as seriously as we do in Canada. It’s often been referred to as our “national religion.”Four years ago, Canadian fans were in heaven when Sydney Crosby scored the “golden goal” in Vancouver.Early this morning, Scot Urquhart joined millions of Canadian fans gathered in front of the big screen, dreaming that Team Canada might be blessed once more.

TruScan from Boart Longyear offers continuous core analysis in the field

first_imgBoart Longyear is launching a new technology called TruScan™ for elemental and photo scanning of core at the exploration site, providing geologists access to near real-time geological data as the core is drilled. Utilising innovative XRF technology specifically built to scan rock, TruScan is designed to provide same-day continuous analysis of the drill core and quickly provide non-destructive, accurate, high-density elemental concentration data.In addition, TruScan offers high-definition wet, dry, and scan-spot photos (to scale) of the retrieved rock core. This information can be quickly viewed by the geologist and aids in the logging and interpretation of the geology—more accurate conceptual geological models can be built while the drill is still on the borehole. Because the time to collect data is significantly reduced, exploration and mining companies can make accurate and timely decisions on where to drill next or to what depth, thus lowering the costs of collecting and analysing data.“While traditional lab assay techniques and portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) devices have been available to mining clients for some time, there are limitations to these technologies. Lab analytical techniques often come with time delays and costs associated with sample processing, shipping and analysis. Many handheld pXRF devices available today use fundamental parameters which can be inaccurate due to limitations in calibration.”TruScan uses a unique XRF technology to address textural variations in rock and site-specific calibrations to address the rock type specific matrix effect. To ensure more precise onsite readings, rock samples are sent first from the site to the lab for chemical analysis. Once received back, the resulting chemistry is used to calibrate TruScan’s XRF technology, which is performed by a qualified Boart Longyear geochemist prior to the unit being sent to the drill site.Because it has been previously calibrated, TruScan does not require the operator to have knowledge of XRF analysis. TruScan can be operated by the drill crew, removing the need for additional staff on site. No additional staff onsite both minimises the cost to deploy this technology and keeps onsite environmental health and safety (EHS) related risk low. In addition, this technology is designed to fit into the normal workflow of Boart Longyear drill crews so there is no decrease in drilling productivity.The innovative TruScan technology has been successfully tested in Canada and Australia and is now commercially available as part of Boart Longyear’s drilling services. In the current application, the unit is mounted on a ruggedised “mine specification” trailer designed to travel with the drill rig and can be towed to most locations where core drilling is being conducted. In areas where a trailer wouldn’t be practical, the unit is designed to also accommodate skids to enable being dragged through the bush, or mobilised by helicopter to a remote drill site.last_img read more

Ekatarina Andryushina to Metz

Ekaterina Andryushina Reports say that currently Ekaterina Andryushina (26) is in Metz, and will undergo medical tests that will test her availability to play handball, as she has been injured for more than a year. The two-times world-champion, and one Champions League champion (Zvezda 2008) will then, if medicals are passed, sign a contract with Metz which will give Sebastien Gardillou a very competitive squad for the next season, aiming to win club’s 16th title in its history, and the 26-year old Russian will be great addition. ← Previous Story Diego and Sebastian Simonet in French Ivry Next Story → Staffan Olsson to succeed Brand?

Big loss for France William Accambray will miss EHF EURO 2012

HC MontpellierWilliam Accambray French National Team will be without William Accambray for the EHF EURO 2012 in January in Serbia. Fantastic young Montpellier’s left back suffers right hand’s finger dislocation and will be out of Handball court for 8 weeks. That will be a big loss for the France, where Accambray becomes good replacement for Karabatic and Fernandez. His influence on the Team’s performances at WCh 2011 in Sweden was big and his injury will be serious blow for the first favorite for the Gold Medal in Serbia.You can still vote for Accambray in the Contest for the World’s Best Player in 2011. ← Previous Story Almost 5000 fans voted – Last 24 Hours, Hansen leads, Nagy is close! Next Story → Wilbek announced Danish squad for the EHF EURO 2012: “Single injury – Big problem” read more

Womens EHF CL Budućnost beat Gyor in biggest EURO derby

2. FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria8422230:217(13)10 3. HC Vardar7403185:171(14)8 ← Previous Story Easy job for Barca in Montpellier Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce sign Filip Ivić? The reigning Women’s EHF Champions league winners, ŽRK Budućnost Podgorica beat Hungarian Gyor 25:22 (12:12) in the biggest female handball derby. Dragan Adzić girls showed strentgh in front of 5.000 domestic fans in “Moraća” hall to win important points which lead them to the best position before the quarter-final clashes this season.Croatian goalie between the posts of home team, Marta Žderić, had brilliant night with 16 saves, while Dragan Cvijić netted six goals. Eduarda Amorim was the best shooter among Hungarian girls with seven goals.BUDUĆNOST – GYOR 25:22 (12:12)BUDUĆNOST: Nenezić, ŽDERIĆ (16 saves), Pletikosić, I. Pavićević, NEAGU 2, Jauković 1, Agović, IRMAN 4, Kovačević, BULATOVIĆ 5 (1), Ramusović, CVIJIĆ 6, MEHMEDOVIĆ 4, B. Pavićević, Ahruk, RAIČEVIĆ 3.ĐER: GRIMBSO (10 saves), Knedlikova 3, Alstad 1, LOKE 2, Hudak, Harsfalvi, KOVAČIĆ 1, SULLAND 3 (3), Lakatos, AMORIM 7, ORBAN 1, GROTT 3, Broch 1, Kis.Savehof celebrated the first win in Main Round after beating HC Midtjyland 32:24.STANDINGS: 1. Rostov-Don8710211:188(23)15 Russian Rostov lost first point in European elite competition this season. FTC played 29:29 with strong Russian in Budapest.Larvik HK demolished Thuringer 28:20 in Germany, while Baia Mare scored decisive goal before the final buzzer for important win in France over Fleury 18:17.STANDINGS: 6. IK Sävehof8107173:225(-52)2 1. Buducnost8611213:164(49)13 5. FC Midtjylland8215176:206(-30)5 4. CSM Bucuresti7313167:162(5)7 3. Larvik8404213:204(9)8 4. HCM Baia Mare8404203:199(4)8 2. Györi Audi ETO KC8512196:182(14)11 5. Fleury Loiret Handball8224203:214(-11)6 6. Thüringer HC8017189:227(-38)1 read more

Heres how a garden is put into Bloom

first_imgWHEN BLOOM KICKED off tonight, visitors were treated to an array of gardens.In the surrounds of the Phoenix Park, the gardens can look like installing them is an easy process, but this video shows that it is anything but.The Tayto garden features a giant 10-foot waterwheel that drives a 50-foot conveyor belt, which includes 200 water jets, which will weave its way through the garden, giving Bloom festival-goers a view of the various processes involved in the Tayto crisp-making process.This progression will take place amongst over 3,000 shrubs and plants, some of which were grown from seed especially for Bloom 2014. Source: Viewfinder/VimeoIf the video doesn’t play, it can be viewed here.Mr Tayto will be there to oversee things in the form of a massive, 17 foot topiary sculpture, made up of 50 square metres of boxwood, 600 metres of steel rod and 15000 cable ties, making him the largest ever sculpture at Bloom.Read: There’s a giant Mr Tayto bush in Dublinlast_img read more

MIUI Android Rom gets the full English treatment

first_imgThe Android modders community is often times starved for new ideas. Rather, there are boundaries it seems they are unwilling to cross. Maybe they feel a concept is “too Apple” or from another phone design. I respectfully disagree. I am not an iPhone fan, but there are elements of their design that is both elegant and functional, and I give their UI team props in certain areas. Those elements could be built on, and sewn into the Android OS to complete a really great user experience, but it’s not really there. Until now anyways, with the MIUI Android Rom.For anyone who has followed Android Rom development, you know that MIUI has been around for a while, but it’s never been fully translated until recently. Take a look at the newly translated Rom in my video!As you can clearly see, MIUI pulls from all of the modern Smartphone designs and creates an elegant, simple to use variant of Android, without taking away any of the base functionality. It creates a completely different workflow, and forces you to think differently about how you organize yourself on this new digital playground, which I find fantastic.Updates from the development team come early and often, with new features always being added. Keep an eye on this design, you may see it as the Stock rom on a phone one day.last_img read more

Windows 8 reports every program you install but theres a darn good

first_imgWindows 8 includes a whole raft of features designed to make it the most secure Microsoft desktop OS ever. One of those features is the retooled SmartScreen, which it turns out is reporting back to Redmond with details about every piece of software you install on your computer. Coder Nadim Kobeissi blogged about the privacy and security implications he discovered while analyzing a Smart Screen intervention.To the privacy-minded, this sounds like pretty serious offense — but what’s really going on?SmartScreen is designed to be a first line of defense against malware — heading off untrusted and potentially dangerous programs before an unwary user ever gets the chance to click the install button. It’s not something that is totally new in Windows 8, either. It’s been evolving since the arrival of Internet Explorer 8, where it was introduced to check for malicious URLs on the web. In order to determine whether or not a particular file or URL is malicious, SmartScreen verifies each download against a cloud database that contains loads of user-submitted data. As of May 2011, SmartScreen had already thwarted more than 1.5 billion malware attacks — and was clocking between two and five millions blocks per day.So what gets reported back? The file name (encoded in base64) and hashed data including the executable contents and the transmitting IP address. That’s what could be used to identify every piece of software you install — which might be scary, if IP addresses were permanent and unique.They’re not, of course — the average WAN connection that isn’t used by a business is assigned a dynamic IP. At best, then, Microsoft knows where a program wound up on a specific date and time. Unless they’re also gathering something more specific like your Windows Live ID, they’d have to collaborate with your ISP to really know who is trying to install what.Windows coding ninja and blogger Rafael Rivera is right on the money when he says that Microsoft could use this data in some scary way, but it won’t. Few companies are under the microscope as often as Microsoft, and there’s not even a snowball’s chance that Redmond wants to risk an investigation or fine just to know how many people are installing uTorrent, OpenOffice, or Firefox. Beyond that, with only an IP address and file name as identifiers, the database wouldn’t be as laser-accurate as it would have to be for us to all be scared that something nefarious is going on.You can, however, disable SmartScreen quite easily if you’re genuinely concerned. Microsoft hasn’t even made it that hard to do: just head to the Action Center and shut it off, and then make sure to tell Action Center itself not to notify you about the fact that SmartScreen is no longer running.More at Within Windows and Naim Kobeissi’s bloglast_img read more

Cancer du bitume trois plaintes déposées pour empoisonnement auprès du procureur de

first_imgCancer du bitume : trois plaintes déposées pour empoisonnement auprès du procureur de la RépubliqueFrance – Trois plaintes ont été déposées par trois familles différentes. Toutes estiment avoir perdu l’un de leurs proches par empoisonnement.Les trois familles accusent les employeurs de leurs proches d’avoir empoisonné ces ouvriers, en s’appuyant sur l’avis de médecins renommés et de plusieurs documents scientifiques. L’affaire, qui a d’ores et déjà été rebaptisée “affaire du cancer du bitume”, attaque directement les multinationales du bâtiment et des travaux publics, ainsi que les entreprises spécialisées dans la pétrochimie explique Le Progrès.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosL’accusation est très grave, mais l’avocat qui a déposé les plaintes est sûr de lui. Ainsi, maître Jean-Jacques Rinck explique à France 3 : “Le mobile, c’est l’enrichissement des dirigeants des entreprises du BTP. Le poison, c’est le bitume, notamment les résidus du raffinage du pétrole et les hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques (HAP) utilisés comme fluidifiants. Ils sont hautement toxiques et cancérigènes. Depuis le XVIIIe siècle, avec les études sur les ramoneurs de Londres, on connaît le danger. Il y a quantité d’articles scientifiques ou de témoignages de médecins du travail, même ceux qui sont payés par les employeurs mis en cause. Les employeurs savent qu’ils utilisent un poison, potentiellement mortel, mais ils le cachent aux ouvriers et aux syndicats. Aucune précaution n’est prise et ce n’est pas à la solidarité nationale de supporter les fautes des industriels”. De son côté, la filière Vinci a fait savoir que les dernières études menées sur le lien cancer/bitume concluent que le produit et ses fumées ne sont pas cancérigènes. Le 18 octobre 2010 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La taxe Google est adoptée

first_imgLa “taxe Google” est adoptéeLes députés et sénateurs ont décidé de taxer à hauteur de 1% les annonceurs en ligne. La “taxe Google”, définitivement adoptée cette semaine, est vivement contestée par les professionnels du web. La décision fait beaucoup de mécontents. Les députés et sénateurs ont choisi de taxer, à hauteur de 1% les annonceurs publicitaires sur le web. Selon le sénateur UMP Philippe Marini, cette mesure a été faite pour pénaliser les grandes entreprises américaines. “Ce sont les petites entreprises françaises qu’on fauche ! “, réplique pourtant une commission de 67 web entreprises dans le journal La Tribune, en expliquant que “la publicité est souvent l’unique ressource”. En plus de cette nouvelle loi, deux autres projets étaient à l’étude : l’extension de la redevance TV à d’autres écrans tels que les ordinateurs et la taxation des achats en ligne. Mais ces deux amendements ont été retirés du projet 2011. Le 15 décembre 2010 à 12:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google va imiter Amazon et son Cloud Drive

first_imgGoogle va imiter Amazon et son Cloud DriveGoogle s’apprête à lancer un service de stockage de musique en ligne, à l’instar du Cloud Drive d’Amazon.Google ne veut pas laisser Amazon et Cloud Drive, qui permet à ses utilisateurs de stocker de la musique en ligne et d’y accéder depuis n’importe quel ordinateur connecté à Internet, prendre trop d’avance. Selon le Wall Street Journal, le groupe américain pourrait annoncer le lancement du service en test dès ce mardi, pour un public restreint néanmoins. Alors que Google attendait dans un premier temps un accord avec les quatre principales maisons de disque, il semble que cela se fera sans. Au contraire, Apple souhaite toujours obtenir cet accord afin de lancer un service un peu différent. Plutôt que d’obliger les utilisateurs à télécharger chaque morceau dans sa collection, la marque à la pomme pense à offrir un accès à des chansons stockées sur des serveurs centraux. Le 10 mai 2011 à 11:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple aurait versé de 100 à 150 millions de dollars pour son

first_imgApple aurait versé de 100 à 150 millions de dollars pour son cloudLa marque à la pomme aurait versé entre 25 et 50 millions de dollars à quatre grandes maisons de disques pour son service de stockage de musique en ligne.Apple a mis la main au portefeuille pour son cloud, son futur service de stockage de musique en ligne qui permettra à ses utilisateurs d’accéder à leur musique depuis n’importe quel terminal connecté à Internet, à l’image de ce qu’Amazon et Google ont déjà lancé. Mais Apple a préféré négocier avec les principaux labels de l’industrie du disque, rapporte le New York Post, relayé par Zdnet.Ainsi, la marque à la pomme aurait accepté de payer entre 25 et 50 millions de dollars à chacune de ces quatre maisons de disques (EMI, Sony, Warner Music et Universal Music). Par la suite, Apple toucherait 30% des transactions, les éditeurs 12% et le reste aux labels qui les partageront avec leurs artistes. Cet iCloud sera dévoilé par Steve Jobs lui-même ce lundi soir, en ouverture de la Worldwide Developers Conference.Le 6 juin 2011 à 17:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mosquitoes on the attack residents run one school closed up

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Northern Turks and Caicos Islands are really feeling the bite of mosquitoes more intensely now as compounded flood waters from Hurricane Joaquin and a near week long rain spell are producing the pests more quickly than they can be killed off. The Environmental Health Department told media, spraying in school areas was amped up to make it more comfortable for students, still Magnetic Media was last night informed that at least one school closed up early for mid-term break due to the inundation of the potentially disease infested insects. Richmond Hills Preparatory told parents not to bring their children to school today because the mosquito attacks were too severe. In Blue Hills, one school reports to Magnetic Media that they are trying to fend off the pain of the bites by rubbing alcohol on the children. On Leeward Highway a teacher says OFF has become like a second skin and in eastern Providenciales, residents are swatting mosquitoes, one parent last night expressed concern because her daughter was terribly bitten and developed a fever. North and Middle Caicos say it is uncomfortable, using the phrase that it is ‘bad, bad, bad’. That business owner said he simply gets indoors earlier to lock himself away from the barrage of bugs. The mosquitoes he explained soured some of the community events on the weekend in North. It was explained that a second vehicle has been added to the fleet in North and Middle Caicos; this after complaints in the House of Assembly by the Opposition party about there being just one truck covering the two largest and greenest islands. EHD Director, Kenrick Neely explained that they are following a schedule which includes all areas but residents must continue to do their parts to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquito bites in the TCI are of particular concern as the territory has recorded a significant number of both Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus cases. TCI Health warns against Zika as Caribbean counts five cases Related Items:Chikungunya, Environmental health, flood waters, mosquito Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you More foggers, more manpower, mosquito nets – Zika now in Jamaica See when your area of Providenciales will be fogged for Mosquitoeslast_img read more

Bomb threat called into Miramar elementary school

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Elementary school students in Miramar were evacuated from school due to a bomb threat, Monday morning.According to police, officials were investigating a bomb threat called into Sunshine Elementary School, located on LaSalle Boulevard and Montego Drive.Students were evacuated to a church across the street while police searched for any explosives.The school was soon given the all-clear, and kids were allowed to return back to class.Last Friday, another Miramar school had bomb threats called in. There is no word on whether the two cases are related.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Woman detained after sideswiping Fort Lauderdale Walmart causing disturbance

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have taken a woman into custody after, they said, she sideswiped the Walmart Supercenter in Fort Lauderdale and then caused a disturbance.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the store, located at 2500 W. Broward Blvd., just after 5:15 p.m., Thursday.Police said the woman appeared to be under the influence of an unknown narcotic substance at the time of the crash.After the accident, investigators said the woman caused a disturbance at the large retailer. Police detained her shortly after, and they said she will be Baker Acted.Police said the Walmart was not evacuated.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Construction company reaches deal to pay up to 42M to victims of

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The construction company that built the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed has reached a tentative deal to pay victims and families up to $42 million.The Miami Herald reported that Magnum Construction Management, formally known as Munilla Construction Management, reached the deal, Thursday.Six people died and eight others were injured when the bridge collapsed in March 2018.Families and attorneys are still waiting on a final verdict from the National Transportation Safety Board as to what caused the collapse.Several other defendants are also being sued in this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Indian farmers march on parliament demanding better prices for produce

first_imgTens of thousands of Indian farmers and rural workers marched to the Indian parliament in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday in a protest against soaring operating costs and plunging produce prices that have brought misery to many.The protest is one of the biggest displays of frustration with prime minister Narendra Modi’s government, which faces a tough general election due by May next year. India’s 263 million farmers make up an important voting bloc.”Farmers have been routinely committing suicide,” said one of the protest leaders, Yogendra Yadav, as he marched in a crowd down a central Delhi thoroughfare.”It’s a shame that the government doesn’t have any time for those who feed us,” said Yadav, who leads the Jai Kisan Andolan, a farmers’ group.Low food prices, export curbs, anti-inflation policies that keep rural incomes low and a broad shift from subsidies to investment spending have all infuriated and demoralised farmers.Core inflation in India, where farming is a mainstay for nearly half the people, has hovered around 6 per cent in the past few months, but food prices have either fallen or remained stagnant.Agriculture contributes about 15 per cent to India’s $2.6 trillion economy, Asia’s third-largest, but employs nearly half of its 1.3 billion people.Farmers from more than 200 groups began gathering in New Delhi on Thursday. They demanded that the government call a special session of parliament to discuss the crisis in the countryside.”I myself know so many farmers who have committed suicide, and their families are now living in penury,” said farmer Lakhan Pal Singh from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.”The policies of the Modi administration are responsible.”Farmers have also protested in the financial hub of Mumbai, including this month when tens of thousands of farmers marched to Mumbai to demand loan waivers and the transfer of forest land to villagers.New Delhi police deployed 3,500 personnel in the city on Friday but there was no trouble.In October, police fired teargas and water cannons in a clash with about 50,000 farmers heading for New Delhi.’LAST STRAW’The discontent in the countryside, where 70 percent of Indians live, could erode support for Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won India’s biggest parliamentary mandate in three decades in the last general election in 2014.But political analysts and farm economists say Modi will find it hard to repeat that next time.”We voted for the BJP but anti-farmer policies of the government have hit us hard,” said Singh.The last time a BJP government lost power, in a 2004 election, it was largely because rural voters abandoned the party.Last year, police shot and killed six farmers protesting against lower prices in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, which recently held a state assembly election – a neck-and-neck contest between the BJP and opposition Congress party.The result is due on 11 Dec.Leaders from the main opposition Congress party, as well as left-wing parties and the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party addressed the flag-waving protesters who converged in the historic heart of the city.”We’ve been living a hand-to-mouth existence for a very long time but rising prices of seeds, diesel and fertiliser and falling prices of milk, fruits, vegetables and even staples is the last straw,” said farmer Shivpal Yadav.”If the government doesn’t address the problems, we’ll be back,” said Yadav, from the northern state of Haryana.last_img read more

Japanese researchers using particle accelerator to breed salt resistant rice

first_img RIKEN ion beam technology used to create brewing yeast ( — Japanese researchers at the Riken Nishina Centre for Accelerator-Based Science have been using their particle accelerator to cause mutations in rice for over two decades with the aim of breeding rice that is more resistant to saltwater. Up to now their results have been limited; just one new salt resistant rice variety has been created and it faced mixed reactions regarding taste. But now, because of the tsunami in that country last year that contaminated a lot of farmland with seawater, efforts there have picked up and researchers are reportedly coming close to developing a whole host of new saltwater resistant strains. Explore further Cambodia, Kratie: A worker is removing the rice seedlings. Image: Wikipedia Citation: Japanese researchers using particle accelerator to breed salt resistant rice (2012, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The idea isn’t all that novel, breeding new varieties of plants has been done for centuries. What the researchers at the accelerator facility are doing is speeding up the process. All breeding is based on mutations that occur in plant cells. Those mutations that create positive results in plants are favored over those that don’t. Over time successive generations result in plants that are ever closer to what is desired. With the particle accelerator, the research team at Riken, led by Tomoko Abe, fire an ion beam at grains of rice, creating a huge variety of mutations in their genes; afterwards the grains are planted and tested to see which are more resistant to saltwater. Those that are go through testing and are sometimes bred with other varieties with the hope of finding the perfect mix of salt resistance and good taste. In so doing the team is able to create new strains of rice in just a few years that normally would take decades using natural mutation methods.Developing strains of rice that are resistant to the salt in seawater is important, not just for Japan, which saw yields drop by over half in areas where the sea inundated farmland, but for many other countries in the world as well. With both rising populations and ocean levels, land that is occasionally flooded by the sea could be made useable if strains of rice can be developed that are able to grow there.The researchers at Riken have already developed strains that see yields drop by just twenty percent when inundated with seawater, and are hoping to improve that number as more research continues. They expect to see fully resistant rice strains as soon as four years from now. © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more