Isotopic Technique Helps Benin Farmers Triple Yields and Improve Livelihoods

Soybean farmer Leonard Djegui never had the chance to go to school but he has learned two facts about nuclear science in recent years: atoms make up the soil and they have helped triple his income, allowing him to build a new house and send his children to university.

Djegui is not alone: around 14 000 farmers in central and northern Benin have achieved significant yield increases for both maize and legume crops such as soybean – providing more food for their families and much higher incomes than they could even dream of a few years ago. Read more.

Scientists have made an incredible discovery about volcanoes

A large proportion of volcanic emissions has been generated by sediment organic matter.

Scientists said that a large part of the carbonic acid and other gases emitted by volcanoes, were generated by the reserves of organic matter formed millions of years ago. This demonstrates the link between geological processes within the Earth and evolution of life on it. Read more.

River Saraswati did exist: Geologists

A team of scientists from Department of Geology, Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda, has confirmed through radio isotope studies about a river which had originated from the Himalayas and traversed through northwest India 10,000 years ago before getting discharged into the Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) in Gujarat. Read more.

Scientists can now locate oxygen in the structure of catalysts with a precision of one-trillionth of a meter

A major new application of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has led to the ability to examine the chemical structure of catalysts with a spatial resolution of less than a picometer, or one-trillionth of a meter. That capability enables scientists to better understand and design more effective catalysts for the production of fuels and high value chemicals. Read more.