April 24

According to a research on how we perceive flavour the tongue does not just detect taste, but might pick up on odour too.
The tongue has long been known to detect whether something tastes sweet, sour, salty, bitter etc.
The cells that carry taste receptors – proteins that interact with particular molecules in food.
According to the researchers it seems the tongue might have more muscle than previously thought when it comes to determining flavor-detecting proteins.

April 19

Ganga has higher proportion of antibacterial agents
The study, ‘Assessment of Water Quality and Sediment To Understand Special Properties of River Ganga,’ began in 2016.
It was conducted by the Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering and Research Institute (NEERI), a CSIR lab.
It was found that the river water contains a significantly higher proportion of organisms with antibacterial properties.
The study suggested that other Indian rivers also contain these organisms but the Ganga in particular in its upper Himalayan stretches has more of them.

April 2

Hump-backed fish, Mahseer, also called the tiger of the water, is “Critically Endangered”, now.

Hump-backed Mahseer also called the tiger of the water and found only in the Cauvery river basin-including Kerala’s Pambar, Kabini and Bhavani rivers.
This fish is now “Critically Endangered”, as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
There are about 16 species of Mahseer in India. Maximum length of fish will be 150 cm and a weight of 90 kg.
The fish is considered as one of the 229 species added to Red List which in November 2018.
The threat status of 12 other Indian species, including great hornbills, has increased.

April 1

In India, air pollution is the third-highest cause of death among all health risks: report
According to a global study, The current high level of air pollution has shortened the average lifespan of a South Asian child by two-and-a-half years while globally the reduction stands at 20 months.
State of Global Air 2019, published by Health Effects Institute (HEI), The outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017.
The total 49 lakh deaths due to diseases caused by exposure to air pollution in 2017, India and China accounted for the most with 12 lakh deaths each The report further stated that a child born today will die 20 months sooner, on average, than would be expected without pollution.