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Low oxygen level kills thousands of peanut bunker fish in Keansburg marina- Watch!
Low oxygen level kills thousands of peanut bunker fish in Keansburg marina- Watch!

They said that small peanut bunker fish were fleeing from large predators and ended up in the polluted stagnant water causing mass death of fish in New Jersey.

Another on brink of extinction: Northern spotted owl added to endangered species list
Another on brink of extinction: Northern spotted owl added to endangered species list

The northern spotted owl was labeled as a “threatened species” under the Federal Species Act in 1990 but the owls’ population has continued to decline. 

Obama creates world's largest marine reserve in Hawaii
Obama creates world's largest marine reserve in Hawaii

Just two months before the end of his regime, Barack Obama, US President, took a major action to protect the endangered marine life.

Human activity the reason behind climate change, reveals study
Human activity the reason behind climate change, reveals study

The study shows that warming began during the early stages of the industrial revolution and was first detected in the Arctic and tropical oceans around the 1830s, which was later spread to Europe, Asia and North America.

How does smoke effect clouds in terms of climate? NASA flies to Africa to find out!
How does smoke effect clouds in terms of climate? NASA flies to Africa to find out!

NASA's Observations of Aerosols Above Clouds and their Interactions (ORACLES) mission will observe and measure how these particles interact with clouds and change their ability to warm or cool the planet.

Rising snowfall in Antarctic may help offset global sea-level surge
Rising snowfall in Antarctic may help offset global sea-level surge

More temperature could mean increased snowfall in Antarctica which could in turn help reduce the global sea-level rise by 51 to 79 millimetres by 2100, according to a new study.
 

Vietnam scientists spot rare endangered primates
Vietnam scientists spot rare endangered primates

Because of the increase in the recent mining and poaching activities, their numbers had decreased and the scientists feared that these rare creatures might fade away.

Conversion of forest land the reason behind weakening of monsoon: Research
Conversion of forest land the reason behind weakening of monsoon: Research

The study undertaken by the IIT's Interdisciplinary Programme in Climate Studies warned that the condition would become "more critical" if deforestation continues at the present rate.

Harambe killing: Cincinnati zoo deletes official Twitter account
Harambe killing: Cincinnati zoo deletes official Twitter account

The entire world cried foul after the zoo staff killed the giant ape in a bid to save a 3-year-old boy, who had managed to crawl through the barrier and fallen into the gorilla's enclosure.

Delhi's waste chokes Yamuna of all aquatic life
Delhi's waste chokes Yamuna of all aquatic life

Noted ecologist CR Babu, who is helping the Delhi government in developing a riverfront for the Yamuna, says that the river is in fact "ecologically dead" in the 22 km urban stretch -- between the Wazirabad and Okhla barrages.

This Russian cat adopts baby monkey after his mother abandons him – Watch inspirational video!
This Russian cat adopts baby monkey after his mother abandons him – Watch inspirational video!

 Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, says she took the newborn monkey home after his mother refused to carry him on her back and introduced him to her cat Rosinka.

Water shortage may have led to demise of Maya civilisation

Something really drastic must have happened to the ancient Maya at the end of the Classic Period in the ninth century.

See pic: Two giant pandas and cub celebrate their 10th birthday with 'ice cakes'!
See pic: Two giant pandas and cub celebrate their 10th birthday with 'ice cakes'!

The two pandas arrived in Malaysia on loan in 2014 marking 40 years of diplomatic ties between China and Malaysia.

A massive rift is threatening Antarctic Larsen C ice shelf to collapse
A massive rift is threatening Antarctic Larsen C ice shelf to collapse

For almost two years now, researchers from Project MIDAS, a British Antarctic Survey that involves teams from several UK universities, have been tracking the progress of a large rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf.

Earth's temperature dropped during solar eclipse
Earth's temperature dropped during solar eclipse

The Met Office on Monday said it was the first time that satellites had been used to monitor surface "skin" temperatures during a total solar eclipse, Xinhua news agency reported.

An Alaskan village votes to relocate because of global warming
An Alaskan village votes to relocate because of global warming

The total cost of relocation is estimated some $180 million and it could take more than 10 years to complete the process, as per a local media. 

No more at risk! Three rare Channel island fox subspecies removed from endangered list
No more at risk! Three rare Channel island fox subspecies removed from endangered list

During 1990's, aggressive use of pesticides killed large number of bald eagles on islands.

Fungi show green way to recycle batteries
Fungi show green way to recycle batteries

Cunningham's team is developing the environmentally-safe way to do this with organisms found in nature -- fungi in this case -- and putting them in an environment where they can do their work.

Must see pics! Incredible images of lava from Hawaii’s volcano cascading into the ocean (Photo feature)
Must see pics! Incredible images of lava from Hawaii’s volcano cascading into the ocean (Photo feature)

 The 2,000-degree molten rock is from Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Here's why NASA calls low level of Arctic sea ice the 'new normal' – Watch!
Here's why NASA calls low level of Arctic sea ice the 'new normal' – Watch!

The melt slowed down in June, but scientists say the rate of ice loss picked up again during the first two weeks of August, and is now greater than average for this time of the year.  

New laser created from jellyfish proteins
New laser created from jellyfish proteins

The researchers filled optical microcavities with this protein before subjecting them to “optical pumping,” where nanosecond flashes of light are used to bring the system up to the required energy to create laser light.  

Fish pee: An elixir for coral reef ecosystems cut by overfishing
Fish pee: An elixir for coral reef ecosystems cut by overfishing

The researchers found that in reefs where predatory fish thrived, the corals showed signs of having a bountiful diet. 

Outbreak! Deadly parasite kills more than 10,000 Yellowstone river fish
Outbreak! Deadly parasite kills more than 10,000 Yellowstone river fish

This deadly parasite outbreak killed many fish species that are crucial to fishing industry like mountain whitefish, Yellowstone cutthroat trout and some rainbow trout. 

Scientists plan to bring back extinct bird species
Scientists plan to bring back extinct bird species

Scientists are planning to bring the extinct great auk back from the dead, almost 200 years after the penguin-sized, flightless birds disappeared.

California under fire: Massive forest fire damages 96 homes, 200 outbuildings
California under fire: Massive forest fire damages 96 homes, 200 outbuildings

California is in the fifth year of drought, and dry conditions have exacerbated wildfire conditions. 

Unique googly-eyed purple squid mesmerizes scientists- Watch!
Unique googly-eyed purple squid mesmerizes scientists- Watch!

This weird yet adorable animal was found at a depth of nearly 3,000 feet.

This is how Pacific sea-level helps in predicting global temperature changes
This is how Pacific sea-level helps in predicting global temperature changes

In contrast, when sea level drops in the western Pacific but increases in the eastern Pacific as it did in 2015, global surface temperatures bump up because the heat stored in the ocean is released, Yin said.

Music-loving ape releases debut single for World Orangutan Day
Music-loving ape releases debut single for World Orangutan Day

Kluet, a 20-year Sumatran orangutan from the Adelaide Zoo, composed his first song, titled "Give me a Klue", Xinhua news agency reported.

Watch: World's most photographed tigress 'Machhli' breathes her last at Ranthambore National Park
Watch: World's most photographed tigress 'Machhli' breathes her last at Ranthambore National Park

The 19-year-old tigress had not been keeping well for the past few months and had fallen critically ill over the last four days without eating anything.

How plants know whether it is day or night
How plants know whether it is day or night

The findings have implications both for improving crop yield and also in engineering artificial proteins that can be used to release drugs at specific spots in our body to treat cancer cells.