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Ageing barn owls do not suffer hearing loss: Study
Ageing barn owls do not suffer hearing loss: Study

Humans and other mammals do not have the ability to regenerate sensitive cells inside the ear. 

Nine-year-old white tiger dies after attack by Bengal tigers in Bengaluru's Biological Park – Watch
Nine-year-old white tiger dies after attack by Bengal tigers in Bengaluru's Biological Park – Watch

While the nine-year-old white tiger, Shreyas, succumbed to his injuries, which were quite severe, the other got away with minor wounds.

Pet parrot mimics owner, orders gift boxes worth $13.50 online!
Pet parrot mimics owner, orders gift boxes worth $13.50 online!

The mystery order triggered an inquest in Pretorius's house, but after ruling out her husband and son, she figured out Buddy was to blame after hearing him interact with the speaker.

Global mass extinction date predicted!
Global mass extinction date predicted!

While many scientists argue that the sixth mass extinction has already begun, the total number of species that have disappeared from the planet comes nowhere near the most apocalyptic events of the past and the rate of species loss is comparable.

ISRO-NASA team confirms presence of 'lethal pollutants' over Asia
ISRO-NASA team confirms presence of 'lethal pollutants' over Asia

Satellite images captured by the team have confirmed the presence of aerosol and nitrate covering the Asia region.

Sushma Swaraj reaffirms India's commitment to Paris climate accord
Sushma Swaraj reaffirms India's commitment to Paris climate accord

The summit was presided by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Scientists discover Octlantis – an underwater city built by octopuses in Australia
Scientists discover Octlantis – an underwater city built by octopuses in Australia

Octlantis is the name of the underwater site built by octopuses where they communicate with each other by posturing, chasing or colour changes.

7.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Mexico: Here's what to do when disaster strikes
7.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Mexico: Here's what to do when disaster strikes

 The latest disaster occurred in southern Mexico on Tuesday, September 19 at 2:14 pm (Eastern time), when the city was jolted by a massive earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale.

Australia records hottest winter in history: Report
Australia records hottest winter in history: Report

The country also experienced its driest June in history and also the driest winter since 2002.

Scientists edit butterfly wing spots and stripes
Scientists edit butterfly wing spots and stripes

The WntA protein is a very conserved signalling molecule. The WntA gene is part of a small family of genes influencing body plans and other patterns during insect development.

After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier
After Irma, special oxygen masks helped Florida pets breathe easier

The masks have a cylindrical shape that fits over the snout of a small animal. They attach to a tube that hooks up to the same oxygen used for humans.

August 2017 breaks records, declared second hottest in 137 years by NASA
August 2017 breaks records, declared second hottest in 137 years by NASA

August 2017 was 0.85 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean August temperature from 1951-1980.

Size matters? Biggest and smallest animal species at greater risk of extinction, says study
Size matters? Biggest and smallest animal species at greater risk of extinction, says study

Large vertebrates – or animals with a backbone – are often fished, hunted, trapped, poached or killed as unintentional bycatch.

Hide and seek: Venomous snake pulled out of toilet – Watch video
Hide and seek: Venomous snake pulled out of toilet – Watch video

A snake-catcher in Queensland, Australia was turned to for help after a family encountered a venomous brown tree snake in their toilet.

Experts raise concern over waste dumping in rivers, say it's giving rise to antibiotic resistance
Experts raise concern over waste dumping in rivers, say it's giving rise to antibiotic resistance

Overall total antibiotic resistance genes were "30 times more abundant in river sediments from the city compared to upstream sites."

New hope for Great Barrier Reef: Scientists say rare giant sea snail can get rid of threat
New hope for Great Barrier Reef: Scientists say rare giant sea snail can get rid of threat

Scientists including those from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, are investigating the potential of natural predators of COTS to curb populations.

Delhi's first ever 'Big Butterfly Count': Enthusiasts cover the city in search of different species
Delhi's first ever 'Big Butterfly Count': Enthusiasts cover the city in search of different species

The approximately four-hour-long butterfly count began at 8:00 am and finished at noon – the 'best window' to record butterfly species, as per experts.

US refutes EU offical's claims of softening stance on Paris climate deal
US refutes EU offical's claims of softening stance on Paris climate deal

At a summit held in Canada, a European official said that a US envoy has signalled that President Donald Trump may be ready to soften his stance on the Paris climate pact.

Footage of rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya will awe you! - Watch
Footage of rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya will awe you! - Watch

Villagers near the forest alerted rangers of Hirola Conservation Program, who took a video of these rare species and published it on YouTube in August.

British journalist dragged into river by crocodile in Sri Lanka; dies
British journalist dragged into river by crocodile in Sri Lanka; dies

The 24-year-old Oxford graduate was on a vacation in Sri Lanka, when he stopped to wash his hands at a river near Arugam Bay and was dragged into the waters by a lurking crocodile.

Scientists identify new dinosaur-eating crocodile species
Scientists identify new dinosaur-eating crocodile species

Researchers, including those from University of Tennessee in the US, found that adults of the Deltasuchus motherali species grew up to 20 feet long.

World's oldest captive panda 'Basi' dies at 37
World's oldest captive panda 'Basi' dies at 37

Basi was given an emotional send-off by her handlers - The Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in southeastern China, where she lived for 33 years.

Mammoth skeletons may fetch up to 400,000 pounds at auction

The skeletons of the family, consisting of adult male and female mammoths, a younger female and a year-old baby, were all found together during building works near the Siberian city of Tomsk in 2002. 

Air pollution may cause 60,000 deaths in 2030
Air pollution may cause 60,000 deaths in 2030

According to the study, hotter temperatures speed up the chemical reactions that create air pollutants like ozone and fine particulate matters, which impact public health. 

If air quality in India meets WHO standards, people could live longer
If air quality in India meets WHO standards, people could live longer

The Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) developed by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), when applied at the national level, translates to about four additional years over and above the existing average life span of Indians.

Our ancestors were high-flying acrobats
Our ancestors were high-flying acrobats

These first primates spent most of their time in the trees rather than on the ground, but just how nimble they were as they moved around in the treetops has been a topic of dispute.
 

Artificial reef being built near Sydney Opera House
Artificial reef being built near Sydney Opera House

The modular reef will be suspended in the waters alongside the building as part of a new research project exploring ways to maintain and enhance the marine biodiversity in Sydney Harbour.

You will be amazed to see this pic of a rare two-headed rattlesnake spotted in US
You will be amazed to see this pic of a rare two-headed rattlesnake spotted in US

The snake's picture, which went viral on social media site Facebook as soon as it was shared, has amazed people all across.

Climate change to destroy coffee-growing areas by 88 percent till 2050
Climate change to destroy coffee-growing areas by 88 percent till 2050

Latin America is the world's largest coffee-producing region and if this actually happens, all the coffee lovers are going to face a tough time ahead.

Storm Surge: What it is and how it puts human life in danger – Find out
Storm Surge: What it is and how it puts human life in danger – Find out

Forecasters warn that the storm surge from Hurricane Irma could reach 15 feet (4.5 meters) along parts of the Florida coast in the coming hours.