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Neutron activation analysis has been applied for determination of selenium in environmental and food samples. Food and environmental samples from city, industrial and agricultural zones were collected with utmost care. Samples were activated in the flux 1·1013 n·cm–2·s–1 in the CIRUS reactor of BARC, Bombay, 75-Se was separated from 6.5N HCl solution using ethyl--isonitrosoacetoacetate (HEINA) reagent. The decontamination studies showed the method is very selective. Selenium contents of wheat, rice, vegetables, cereals pulses etc. and of soil, water, and deposits on plants and surface were determined by the procedure developed.

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We provide a quantitative, historical survey of physics on the periphery (that is, beyond Europe and the United States) during the crucial decade of the 1920s. Our population derives from Henry Small'sPhysics Citation Index; 1920–1929, 2 vols (Philadelphia, 1981), which organizes the content of sixteen of the world's most important physics journals into the alphabetical lists familiar to users of the products of the Institute for Scientific Information. The 319 authors are situated in eleven separate political entities. Both expected and surprising results emerge from considering the educational trajectories, publishing patterns, and citation visibility of our sample.

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The analysis of dehydration of the complexes, [La(C8H8NO3)3.2H2O] and [Yb(C8H8NO3)3.3H2O] for the evaluation of kinetic parameters (Z, E &δS *) and mechanism of dehydration by non-isothermal methods are reported. The complexes decompose in three well defined steps involving random nucleation mechanism. First two steps involving the dehydration and the third step the loss of the ligand moiety. The intermediates formed during decomposition were found to be unstable for carrying out any significant studies.

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The thermal decomposition of the complexes: [Fe(C17H24O4)1.5·2H2O]n and [UO2(C17H24O4·2H2O]n, and evaluation of kinetic parameters (E, Z andΔS) by making use of Piloyan-Novikova, Coats-Redfern and Horowitz-Metzger equations are reported. The complexes are found to decompose in three well defined steps involving random nucleation mechanism. The intermediates formed during decomposition usually undergo further decomposition without remaining stable over a considerable range of temperature.

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A technique has been developed for the calculation of the ∫T 0 Tmexp(–E/RT′)T′. The accuracy of the method is tested by comparing its predictions with numerical results and those of a method due to Quanyin and Su.

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Seismically Kutch peninsula is very active. The distribution of seismicity in Peninsular Shield region from 1902 to 2001 show 12 earthquakes of M ≥ 6. The energy ratio from Kutch basin to Deccan trap is 20:1 and from trap to rest of the shield is 5:1. The last one hundred years seismicity data show Kutch basin is seismically more active than Deccan trap and the rest of the Peninsular Shield. The maximum magnitude of earthquake in the Kutch region is 7.7. The generations of large earthquakes in the region are difficult to explain, as plate boundary does not exist. In order to understand the physical processes that are taking place in the region to generate such large events the detailed analyses of geophysical and geological data have been examined in the light of development of rift, subsidence of basin, vertical tectonics and recent geophysical findings. In such regions, petrologic model can provide better explanation for release of fluid that generates large earthquakes, sprouting of sands, liquefaction, and large number of aftershocks activities and direction of stresses for aftershock sequences. The presence of magma in the Kutch upper mantle could be derived from various geological (subsidence of basin, development of rift faults) and geophysical observations (high heat flow over Cambay region, prominent positive Bouguer gravity anomalies and low shear velocity in the upper mantle). The inspection of seismological data shows all the medium size to large earthquake have occurred in shear zone of large gravity gradients or along the four major faults of the region. In view of geological and geophysical observations, petrologic model is proposed for generation of earthquakes in the region. The number of aftershocks and direction of stresses in the focal region of aftershocks would depend on the direction of movement of fluid incursion in the focal region after the occurrence of the main events. The recent Bhuj earthquake also shows more than 3000 aftershocks from Jan 29 to April 15, 2001. The expanding swarm activity in the focal region and the direction of stresses derived from first motion data of aftershocks for focal depths 2 to 8 km, 8 to 25 km, and 25 to 38 km supports the proposed model. Also, shear wave tomography studies in this region have revealed low shear wave velocity in the upper mantle of Cambay from shallow depth to 200 km depth showing high temperature zone. The analyses reveal the presence of conducting fluid in the focal zone, which is the main cause for generation of medium size to large earthquake in the region.

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Movement and abstraction of groundwater in the geological formations are dependent on the hydro-geological parameters of the aquifers. The purpose of any aquifer test is to determine the hydro-geological parameters. Among the basic parameters are the specific storage, permeability and leakage coefficients. The hydro-geological parameters are hidden in the field test data and their identification is possible using the available physically plausible models suitable for the prevailing field circumstances. In this context, a generalized theoretical solution for the effect of partial penetration superimposed over the full penetration on draw-down in a large-diameter well in artesian aquifer discharging at a constant rate has been presented for non-dimensional quantities describing the variable geometries of wells. The well-function curves are developed by varying the percentage amount of drilling and the percentage amount of casing lowered which then control to vary the percentage amount of open-hole or screened interval for the three categories: when the diameter of the cased interval in which the water level changes is greater than, equal to, and less than the diameter of the open interval. The skin effect and the effect of leakage are neglected. A comparison of results with the published works has also been presented. The present study is useful in such areas where wells are located either in harder or in collapsible loose formations; and a decision is required that, at the planning, construction, or development stage, as to what extent the amount of drilling be reduced, and/or an additional amount of casing be lowered within the aquifer. Also this reduces the cost of well construction and development in a specific situation.

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A set of 286 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) along with the parents and a popular wheat variety in India were grown for two consecutive years at three locations belonging to the two major wheat growing zones of India and evaluated for four grain quality traits. Rare recombinants with high trait value appeared for protein content (PC), thousand-kernel weight (TKW), sedimentation value (SV), and kernel hardness (KH). The magnitude of environmental effects was more pronounced than genotypic effects and genotype-environment interaction (GEI). The cumulative contribution of environment and GEI components to the total variance was highest in the expression of PC followed by TKW, SV, and KH. The top five percent (14 RILs) of genotypes with high trait value were subjected to Eberhart and Russell (1966) (ER), genotype and genotype-environment (GGE) and additive main effects and multiplicative interaction (AMMI) stability models. Five RILs were identified as stable in all the three stability models. RIL61 with 38.8%, RIL101 with 8.9%, RIL226 with 26.1% superiority over check variety were the most stable genotypes in all the three stability models for PC, TKW and KH, respectively. RIL113 was found to be stable genotype in ER and GGE models, whereas, RIL231 was the most stable genotype in AMMI and GGE models in the expression of SV. These common stable genotypes with high trait value identified through ER, AMMI and GGE models could be potential donors in active breeding programs to develop high yielding wheat varieties with improved PC, TKW, SV and KH.

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Awareness of the environmental aspects of the quality of crop production has increased in recent decades, leading to renewed interest in organics such as crop residues, green manures and organic manures. The effect of organics on urea transformation was investigated by conducting a laboratory incubation experiment in alluvial clay loam soil (Typic Ustifluvents) at 33±1°C with two moisture levels (1:1 soil:water ratio and field capacity). The rate of urea hydrolysis decreased as the time of incubation increased and the disappearance of urea N was associated with a corresponding increase in the (NH 4 + + NO 3 )-N content in soils treated with crop residues (rice straw and wheat straw), organic manures (poultry manure and farmyard manure) and green manures (cowpea and sesbania). In untreated soil, the time taken for the complete hydrolysis of the applied urea (200 μg urea N g −1 soil) was more than 96 h at both the moisture levels, whereas in amended soils it was completed in 48 h. The rate of urea hydrolysis was more rapid at field capacity than at the 1:1 soil:water ratio. Urea hydrolysis was higher in sesbaniatreated soils, followed by cowpea, poultry manure, farmyard manure, rice straw and wheat straw at both the moisture levels. At field capacity, 85.5% urea was hydrolysed in sesbania-treated soil as compared to 32% in untreated soil after 24 hours of incubation, while at the 1:1 soil:water ratio the corresponding values were 81.5 and 27.5%. Urea hydrolysis followed first order reaction kinetics at both the moisture levels.

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The thermal decomposition studies on nitrophenates of copper, nickel and cobalt have been undertaken,α-t curves show dehydration of these compounds at lower temperatures whereas dehydration cum decomposition seem to occur at higher temperatures leading to oxidative combustion of aromatic part. NO2 gas is evolved during decomposition which seems to be responsible for oxidative reactions leading to detonation. The explosion temperature and velocity of detonation have been found to be linearly related with the number of nitro groups. The mechanism of thermal explosion has also been discussed.

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