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58 tigers in Kerala's two tiger reserves: Forest Minister
58 tigers in Kerala's two tiger reserves: Forest Minister

As per a tiger census conducted at the national level in 2010, considered as authoritative figure, there were 38 tigers in Parambikulam spread over 643 sq feet area and 34 in Periyar that covers an area of 925 sq feet.

Mexican marine biologist works to save great white sharks
Mexican marine biologist works to save great white sharks

A Mexican marine biologist is using his new book to spread the message for protection of great white sharks, an animal that he contends is nearly perfect.

Hungry shark takes a huge leap out of water to catch fish, stuns fishing groups
Hungry shark takes a huge leap out of water to catch fish, stuns fishing groups

The thrilling encounter was caught on camera shows a shark snatching away catches of the two groups in Cape Cod Bay. Coincidentally, they both happened the same day.

Mystery busted! This is how first animals appeared on Earth
Mystery busted! This is how first animals appeared on Earth

The mystery behind how the first animals appeared on planet Earth has finally been busted.

Fossilised dinosaur footprints found in China
Fossilised dinosaur footprints found in China

It is believed to be the largest cluster of Sauropod footprint fossils ever found in China dating from the early Jurassic period, Xinhua news agency reported.

Critically endangered Siamese crocodile eggs hatched in Cambodia
Critically endangered Siamese crocodile eggs hatched in Cambodia

Listed on International Union for Conservation of Nature`s (IUCN) red list as critically endangered, the global population of Siamese crocodiles is declining at an alarming rate.
 

Ancient 4,000-year-old dagger found in Slovakia
Ancient 4,000-year-old dagger found in Slovakia

A fresh graduate named David found the antique by chance during a grill party near the Vah river, which runs through the town in Trnava Region.

Climate change will mitigate crop yields drastically, says study
Climate change will mitigate crop yields drastically, says study

The report says that climate change will effect key crops such as rice, wheat and maize.

Climate change means more rain but less water in rural rivers: Study
Climate change means more rain but less water in rural rivers: Study

Researchers at Australia`s University of New South Wales (UNSW) found that while hotter weather sparked heavier storms leading to floods in built up areas, it also reduces moisture in the soil, which then quickly absorbs any excess and reduces water flow in rural rivers.

Employees enter office to find roaring Puma under desk – Watch video
Employees enter office to find roaring Puma under desk – Watch video

The Puma, dark brown in colour, who was constantly growling at the employees, was captured after the people called the local fire service.

Fine dining? Aquarium visitors left horrified after stingray mercilessly devours squid! - Watch
Fine dining? Aquarium visitors left horrified after stingray mercilessly devours squid! - Watch

The video was shot at a Japanese aquarium and visitors who witnessed the incident were horrified.

How goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen decoded
How goldfish make alcohol to survive without oxygen decoded

Scientists at the University of Oslo in Norway and University of Liverpool in the UK found the molecular mechanism behind this highly unusual ability, which is unique among vertebrates and more commonly associated with brewer's yeast.

Largest volcanic region on Earth discovered under Antarctica
Largest volcanic region on Earth discovered under Antarctica

The newly discovered volcanoes range in height from 100 to 3,850 metres. All of them are covered in thick layers of ice.

New bat species resembles Star War's character 'Yoda'
New bat species resembles Star War's character 'Yoda'

Its unusual features saw it affectionately referred to as the 'Yoda bat'.

Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors game: Study
Chimps can play rock-paper-scissors game: Study

Seven chimpanzees of different ages and sexes living in the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University were part of the experiment.

2016 surpasses 2015 as hottest year on record globally in 137 years: US government report
2016 surpasses 2015 as hottest year on record globally in 137 years: US government report

Global surface temperature was also the highest on record.

NGT imposes ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns in Delhi
NGT imposes ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns in Delhi

 Last year, the green body had banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from January 1, 2017 and directed the city government to take steps to reduce dumped waste.

UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate
UNEP chief urges China to do more on climate

As well as its number one position as a source of pollution, China is also the world's biggest investor in renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol
India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets.

Pampered puppies less likely to become good guide dogs: Study
Pampered puppies less likely to become good guide dogs: Study

When researchers tracked the puppies a couple of years down the line, they found that those with mothers that were more attentive were less likely to graduate from the training programme to become guide dogs.

New species of grass snake identified in Europe
New species of grass snake identified in Europe

Researchers examined the genetic identity of more than 1,600 grass snakes many of them scientific museum specimens.

Scientists finally know how birds get their colour
Scientists finally know how birds get their colour

A study on about 9000 bird species' plumage coloration was conducted to answer that question.

Endangered Australian fish species are taking refuge in waste beer bottles for protection
Endangered Australian fish species are taking refuge in waste beer bottles for protection

The spotted handfish walks along the Tasmanian seabed on long fins resembling hands and is the first marine species in the world to be classified as critically endangered.

Chantek – One of the first apes to learn sign language dies at 39
Chantek – One of the first apes to learn sign language dies at 39

Orangutans are considered geriatric after the age of about 35.

The US is heating up! America witnesses dramatic rise in temperatures over last 4 decades: Federal report
The US is heating up! America witnesses dramatic rise in temperatures over last 4 decades: Federal report

The report says extreme heat waves have become more common and extreme cold waves less common since the 1980s.

Giant mushroom weighing 8 kgs discovered in China
Giant mushroom weighing 8 kgs discovered in China

The mushroom was found in the Pu'er Sun-River National Park in Pu'er City with half of it being covered by leaves.

Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo

There was joy and pain Friday as the zoo's only female panda gave birth to twins, but one died soon afterwards.

350 million in Europe at risk of extreme weather: Study
350 million in Europe at risk of extreme weather: Study

Two out of three people living in Europe will be affected by heat waves, coastal floods and other weather-related disasters, largely due to global warming and climate change by the end of the century, a study said.

World unlikely to achieve Paris climate goal, says study
World unlikely to achieve Paris climate goal, says study

A new study says that there is just five per cent chance of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius by the century's end as laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2016.

Scientists identify tiny prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines
Scientists identify tiny prehistoric sea worm with 50 head spines

Capinatator — whose name translates to grasping swimmer — lived 500 million years ago at a time when creatures started getting bigger and more diverse.