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Bonobos more closely linked to humans than chimps: Study
Bonobos more closely linked to humans than chimps: Study

Scientists believe that modern human and common chimpanzee/bonobo lineages split about eight million years ago with the two great ape species splitting about two million years ago.

Sunscreens may protect your skin, but they may be destroying coral reefs!
Sunscreens may protect your skin, but they may be destroying coral reefs!

With these findings, the scientists have reason to believe that climate change is not the only one to blame where coral damage is concerned.

Rising levels of carbon dioxide may change crucial marine process
Rising levels of carbon dioxide may change crucial marine process

Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria, that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean, at risk.

Third orphaned cub at Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh National Park passes away
Third orphaned cub at Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh National Park passes away

The cubs were kept in an enclosure in the field bungalow of the Forest Department after their mother was electrocuted by a poacher near the Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in January.
 

Gear up! Scientists declare 2017 to be among hottest years on record
Gear up! Scientists declare 2017 to be among hottest years on record

US space agency NASA already declared 2016 as the hottest year on record.

Antarctica's 'Blood-falls': Scientists finally decode more than century-old mystery!
Antarctica's 'Blood-falls': Scientists finally decode more than century-old mystery!

According to The Sun, scientists were able to track the path of the water under the glacier using echolocation technology.

Himalayan hard rocks may affect millions, elevate flood risk
Himalayan hard rocks may affect millions, elevate flood risk

The findings could help researchers improve flood risk maps for the Ganga Plain, a low-lying region covering parts of India, Nepal and Pakistan - one of Earth's most densely populated areas.

Humans inhabited America 130,000 years ago, say study

Archaeologists discovered preserves of 130,000-year-old bones and teeth of a mastodon - an ancient extinct relative of elephants - in California, US, that show evidence of modification by early humans.

Endangered vaquita porpoise found dead in Mexico
Endangered vaquita porpoise found dead in Mexico

The remains of the vaquita were found Tuesday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) north of the town of San Felipe, in the state of Baja California on the Barra del Primer Estero beach, the statement read.

When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

But nowhere is the task bigger than in Argentina`s Mendoza region, where vintners duel "the whole gamut of natural hazards" -- not least frequent earthquakes, according to research unveiled on Wednesday.

Capture-recapture method used in Gir to know leopard density

The Gujarat forest department has started using 'capture-mark-recapture' method to estimate the leopard density in Gir forest, an official said today.

Relief to the Great Barrier Reef with vinegar
Relief to the Great Barrier Reef with vinegar

The innovative method of killing crown-of-thorns starfish (CoTS) is safe to other marine life and will now be introduced on the reef.

There could be a rise in global sea levels by over three metres: Experts
There could be a rise in global sea levels by over three metres: Experts

An international team, including researchers from University of Southampton in the UK, looked at what might happen if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated.

Giant rabbit Simon, tipped to become the 'world's largest' dies onboard United Airlines flight
Giant rabbit Simon, tipped to become the 'world's largest' dies onboard United Airlines flight

Simon died at a United Airlines pet holding facility in Chicago following a flight from London, in another embarrassment for the airline as it struggles with a global backlash this month over a passenger dragged from his seat.

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

The service station is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours.

Scientists create artificial photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into clean air and fuel
Scientists create artificial photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into clean air and fuel

Researchers have found a way to trigger a chemical reaction in a synthetic material called metal-organic frameworks (MOF) that breaks down carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials.

Desperate for a mate, world’s last male northern white rhino 'Sudan' seeks help from Tinder
Desperate for a mate, world’s last male northern white rhino 'Sudan' seeks help from Tinder

Seeing the animal's deperation for a mate, Ol Pejeta conservancy has teamed up with dating app Tinder to raise awareness of how Sudan’s species is facing extinction.

Solution to curb plastic pollution? A caterpillar that feeds on polythene!
Solution to curb plastic pollution? A caterpillar that feeds on polythene!

They conducted spectroscopic analysis to show the chemical bonds in the plastic were breaking.

'Solar Calculator' Android app developed by ISRO for computation of solar energy
'Solar Calculator' Android app developed by ISRO for computation of solar energy

The app, as per ISRO, provides monthly/yearly solar potential (in kWh/m2) and minimum/maximum temperature at any location.

Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!
Scientists accidentally discover world's oldest fungi; may be earliest known multicellular life!

The ancient fungus-like life forms, found in fossilised gas bubbles 800 metres (2,600 feet) underground in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, are remarkable not just for their age but their origin, the researchers said.

Donald Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week
Donald Trump to set new executive orders on environment, energy this week

On Wednesday, Trump is expected to sign an executive order related to the 1906 Antiquities Act, which enables the president to designate federal areas of land and water as national monuments to protect them from drilling, mining and development, the source said.

Concern over rise in tiger deaths in MP: 3 more big cats die in last two days; toll hits 40 in 14 months
Concern over rise in tiger deaths in MP: 3 more big cats die in last two days; toll hits 40 in 14 months

The report further mentions that officials had made their best efforts for their survival but two of them succumbed to the deadly parvovirus infection within a few hours.

Rude awakening: More than 2,800 companies in China found violating air pollution rules
Rude awakening: More than 2,800 companies in China found violating air pollution rules

Some companies refused the inspection or prevented inspectors from carrying out their duties.

Earth Day: Students, environmentalists, MNCs join chorus to save planet
Earth Day: Students, environmentalists, MNCs join chorus to save planet

He hoped that this year`s theme of "Environmental and Climate Literacy" would help in creating awareness about protecting nature and natural resources.
 

Earth Day observed in Kolkata

An estimated 150 students from various schools assembled at the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM) to observe the day, organisers said.

First coal-free day in UK since Industrial Revolution
First coal-free day in UK since Industrial Revolution

Friday is thought to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralised public coal-fired generator opened in 1882, at Holborn Viaduct in London.

Earth Day: PM Modi encourages working towards a clean, green planet
Earth Day: PM Modi encourages working towards a clean, green planet

With this year's theme for Earth Day being 'Environmental and Climate Literacy', PM Modi hoped that it helps in building awareness on protecting nature and natural resources.

Earth Day: Google gives out an important message through its latest doodle!
Earth Day: Google gives out an important message through its latest doodle!

With its doodle, Google has tried to guide us on ways we can play our roles as caretakers of the environment, which in turn will also help protect the Earth.  

Pollution from Europe behind one of India's worst droughts

Researchers at Imperial College London in the UK calculated the effect of sulphur dioxide emissions on rainfall in India in the year 2000.

Naked mole-rats behave like plants to survive low oxygen
Naked mole-rats behave like plants to survive low oxygen

The naked mole-rat is a cold-blooded mammal that can live to 30, rarely gets cancer and does not feel pain.