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Ford and Heinz going to make cars with tomato skins

, posted in Technology
World famous Ford cars are about to get a new fate in terms of their manufacturing. As Heinz and Ford are exploring the idea of using tomato skins, a by-product in ketchup production, to make cars. The concept is surprising, but Ford could make use of the by-product.  They could ...

Brazilian scientists help Omani farmers increase citrus & mango yeild

, posted in Fruit
Two agricultural scientists from the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), the leading agricultural educational university in Brazil, visited Omani farmers in the North Al Batinah Governorate to share the latest research and technology for citrus and mango cultivation. Supported by Vale and in coordination with the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), ...

3X as much water as Earth's oceans found 700km deep in Earth's crust

, posted in Earth
A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth's surface. The finding could help explain where Earth's seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer ...

Indian student invents technology to preserve banana leaves

, posted in Science
M. Tenith Adithyaa, Plus Two student from Watrap, has won gold medal at the International Environment Sustainability Project Olympiad for his invention of a method to preserve banana leaves up to a year. He got the award, comprising a gold medal, a trophy, an achievement certificate and a cash award ...

Pakistan: Cotton trading fails by late pick-up

, posted in Miscellaneous
KARACHI: Trading activity on the cotton market failed to revive as buyers remained on the sidelines on Monday. Floor brokers said millers are eagerly waiting for new crop arrival which is expected by the end of this month from Sindh. However, there is some delay in cotton crop arrival in ...

Chinese melon crop destroyed by giant hailstones

, posted in Environment
Thousands of acres of valuable watermelon crops in China has been wisped out by a freak hailstone during an unusually hot early summer. The watermelons which were ready to be harvested was smashed into pieces after being hit by the golf ball sized hailstones in the freak weather arrival. The watermelons were ...

Mango export to EU: Exporters get angry over strict quality controls

, posted in Business
KARACHI: The government is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea as it can neither afford a ban on mango export to the European Union (EU) nor does it wants to see a sharp decline in shipments. After receiving stern warnings on quality issues, the government is cautiously ...

Garden trends: All in mind

, posted in Design
By Zahra Nasir When one really — and very deeply — considers the art of gardening in Pakistan it is clearly evident that, for the most part, the ‘art’ is completely missing and has been absent since the days when the Mughals designed and constructed their gardens with spectacular, extremely ...

Hydroponic tomatoes may become tastier than ones grown outside

, posted in Greenhouse
According scientists who specialize in growing food in hydroponic greenhouses, some tomatoes bred for the indoors are now just as flavourful as the ones grown outdoors in perfect summer conditions. "Heirloom tomatoes [are] full of flavour and taste and colour and nutritional value," says Gene Giacomelli, who directs the Controlled ...

Kazakhstan going to reduce its Fruit & veg imports by 80% to stimulate domestic production

, posted in Business
"Kazakhstan intends to reduce the volume of imported food products from other countries by 2020," - said the Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov. According to him, it should stimulate the production and sale of processed agricultural products by domestic enterprises with the subsequent export of them. For example, fruit and ...
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