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Weekly Digest 13th October

During this week, we bring you:

1How to avoid inbreeding between endangered vultures
Using advanced genetics techniques, a recent study has estimated the relationship between vultures being reared in an extensive, pan-India conservation breeding programme. This information will be used to plan the breeding of the three “Critically Endangered” captive vulture populations, which will be used to supplement the highly depleted wild populations. 
Paper appeared online in the journal Animal Conservation on 18th September.

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2) How open are enterprises to new technologies?
Small and medium enterprises in India, especially those in the manufacturing sector, absorb new technologies when they want to rise above the competition, finds a new study from IISc. Improving quality, customer demand and scale expansion are the main motivations for these enterprises to adopt new technologies.
The paper appeared in the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management in the first week of October 2014.

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3) Finding the grey in protein synthesis
Researchers at IISc, Bangalore have thrown light on what can be called a grey area in the field of protein synthesis. A vital mystery in the mechanism that makes proteins has been solved.
The paper appeared in PNAS on 22nd September.

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4) CRACKED! - New insights into how metal glass breaks
Metallic glass would have been an ideal material for engineering applications but for one glaring problem - they are quick to crack under stress. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have proposed a possible mechanism to explain this phenomenon by careful autopsy of fractured surfaces.
The paper will appear in the journal Acta Materialia in November, and appeared online last month.

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