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Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: Study

Cow may be biggest mammal if humans keep up extinctions: Study

The spread of humans around the world from Africa thousands of years ago wiped out big mammals in a shrinking trend that could make the cow the biggest mammal on Earth in a few centuries` time, a

Apr 20, 2018, 11:16 AM IST
Global warming killing the Great Barrier Reef: Study

Global warming killing the Great Barrier Reef: Study

Corals on Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef experienced a catastrophic die-off following the extended marine heatwave of 2016, a study has found.

Apr 19, 2018, 16:35 PM IST
India, China account for more than half of world's air pollution deaths: Study

India, China account for more than half of world's air pollution deaths: Study

Air pollution has been linked to higher rates of cancer, stroke and heart disease, as well as chronic respiratory conditions like asthma.

Apr 18, 2018, 13:44 PM IST
Japanese island's mud could alter global economy: Study

Japanese island's mud could alter global economy: Study

An estimated 16 million tonnes of mud containing massive, "semi-infinite" stores of valuable rare earth minerals, found in a small Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean could alter global economy, a

Apr 17, 2018, 11:56 AM IST
Electricity can remove drug residues from wastewater: Study

Electricity can remove drug residues from wastewater: Study

Harmful organic substances, such as pharmaceutical residues, can be efficiently removed from wastewater using only electricity, say scientists who tested a process called pulsed corona discharge (

Apr 16, 2018, 16:04 PM IST
Urban areas crowded with more 'nuisance' birds: Study

Urban areas crowded with more 'nuisance' birds: Study

People living in crowded urban areas are more likely to see birds that can cause a nuisance than those that make us genuinely happy, a study has found.

Apr 16, 2018, 14:30 PM IST
Mountain erosion may add CO2 to atmosphere: Study

Mountain erosion may add CO2 to atmosphere: Study

The process of mountain erosion can be a source of new carbon dioxide gas that can release it back into the atmosphere far faster than it is being absorbed into newly exposed rock, a study has found

Apr 13, 2018, 17:40 PM IST
Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

Australia's 'punk turtle' risks being last of the Mohicans

Australia`s Mary River Turtle - with its green Mohican-style hair and ability to breathe through its genitals - is one of the world`s most distinctive reptiles.

Apr 13, 2018, 13:55 PM IST
Dead whale on Spanish beach found to have consumed 29 kilos of waste

Dead whale on Spanish beach found to have consumed 29 kilos of waste

It has been revealed that most of the waste was plastic, prompting local authorities to crack down on illegal dumping into ocean waters.

Apr 12, 2018, 16:06 PM IST
Australian birds hit by 'mysterious' illness

Australian birds hit by 'mysterious' illness

Birds in Western Australia's Perth have been hit by a mystery illness affecting motor skills that continues to allude scientists, a media report said.

Apr 11, 2018, 17:44 PM IST
NASA to study tiny sea creatures to understand Earth's atmosphere and climate

NASA to study tiny sea creatures to understand Earth's atmosphere and climate

For the first time, scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are studying the tiny sea creatures called phytoplankton and their impact on the atmosphere and climate

Apr 11, 2018, 12:57 PM IST
Sperm whale `clicks` help scientists understand behaviour

Sperm whale `clicks` help scientists understand behaviour

Scientists have recorded thousands of hours of "clicks" that sperm whales make to forage for food and communicate, helping them better understand the behaviour of one of the Southern Ocean`s key

Apr 10, 2018, 11:28 AM IST
Australian scientists go deep into caves to study impact of climate change

Australian scientists go deep into caves to study impact of climate change

Scientists from University of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia are moving into caves to understand how climate change and land use are affecting groundwater resources.

Apr 09, 2018, 18:13 PM IST
Are frequent tremors in Uttrakhand hills indicative of big quake? 'Yes', says top disaster official

Are frequent tremors in Uttrakhand hills indicative of big quake? 'Yes', says top disaster official

The hills of Uttarakhand are hit frequently by mild earthquakes -- as many as 51 since January 1, 2015 -- which are often dismissed as "usual occurrences".

Apr 09, 2018, 10:42 AM IST
To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

To prevent collapse of tropical forests, protect their shape

Fires on the edges of tropical forests and their alteration by land use makes these hot ecosystems lose their shape and stability bringing a sudden, even catastrophic, transformation of land from

Apr 02, 2018, 10:34 AM IST
Scientists develop sun shield to prevent coral bleaching

Scientists develop sun shield to prevent coral bleaching

The sun shield is made from an ultra-thin biodegradable film that is 50,000 times thinner than a human hair and contains calcium carbonate, the same ingredient corals use to make their hard skeletons

Mar 27, 2018, 12:32 PM IST
Scientists discover new way to stop spread of rice blast

Scientists discover new way to stop spread of rice blast

Scientists found that chemical genetic inhibition of a single protein in the fungus stops it from spreading inside a rice leaf -- leaving it trapped within a single plant cell.

Mar 27, 2018, 11:29 AM IST
'Orange snow' covers Eastern Europe. Here's why it happened

'Orange snow' covers Eastern Europe. Here's why it happened

The phenomenon is caused by sand from Sahara desert storms mixing with snow and rain.

Mar 26, 2018, 18:03 PM IST
Bizarre! Monkey with human-like face baffles social media

Bizarre! Monkey with human-like face baffles social media

An 18-year-old black-capped capuchin monkey from Tianjin zoo in China has become an internet sensation.

Mar 26, 2018, 12:17 PM IST
Nearly 150 pilot whales washed ashore in Australia; 135 dead

Nearly 150 pilot whales washed ashore in Australia; 135 dead

Around 150 short-finned pilot whales washed ashore in Western Australia’s Hamelin Bay on Friday and at least 135 were found dead.

Mar 23, 2018, 18:12 PM IST

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