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High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubs
High hopes for Australian bid to breed panda cubs

Giant pandas are notoriously clumsy at mating, with males said to be bad at determining when a female is in the right frame of mind and often befuddled at knowing what to do next.

Scientists express concern after discovery of plastic chunks in Arctic ice
Scientists express concern after discovery of plastic chunks in Arctic ice

The finding has prompted fears that as the ice melts, because of climate change, plastic that has long been trapped in it is flowing into the Arctic.

World's smallest squirrel discovered in Indonesia
World's smallest squirrel discovered in Indonesia

The species, found on September 16 during an expedition, is 73 mm long and weighs about 17 grams.

NASA's heartbeat detector helps search for Mexico quake survivors
NASA's heartbeat detector helps search for Mexico quake survivors

In tests, FINDER has detected heartbeats through 30 feet of rubble or 20 feet of solid concrete. 

Jellyfish don't have brains, but they do sleep
Jellyfish don't have brains, but they do sleep

The findings push the origin of sleep further down the evolutionary tree of life - to before the emergence of a centralised nervous system.

Delhi Secretariat has an uninvited guest: 2-foot-long monitor lizard causes stir inside premises
Delhi Secretariat has an uninvited guest: 2-foot-long monitor lizard causes stir inside premises

It was a two-foot-long monitor lizard, that was found inside the premises, said officials who rescued it later.

15 vulture species facing extinction set to get global protection
15 vulture species facing extinction set to get global protection

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of species threatened with extinction has listed a majority of these vulture species as critically endangered, indicating a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Mammoth sea turtle washes up on Spain beach, crane called to lift the creature - Watch
Mammoth sea turtle washes up on Spain beach, crane called to lift the creature - Watch

Looking at its monstrous size and weight of 200 kilos reportedly, officials present at the spot had to call a crane to move the huge creature away from the beach.

Multinationals aggravating ocean pollution: Greenpeace NGO
Multinationals aggravating ocean pollution: Greenpeace NGO

The environmental non-profit, along with the Break Free From Plastic Campaign, carried out a study about ocean pollution that included an audit of plastic waste spanning 30 hectares in Manila Bay.

Obesity harmful for dogs? Here's a weight loss program to boost your pets health
Obesity harmful for dogs? Here's a weight loss program to boost your pets health

A new study shows that dogs are at equal threat of being harmed by obesity and its consequences. 

UK girl nabs biggest goldfish ever recorded in the country
UK girl nabs biggest goldfish ever recorded in the country

Lois's goldfish broke the previous record of Nick Richards – a schoolboy who caught his at a lake in Poole, Dorset, in 2010.

China's Yuncheng Lake turns a vivid pink and green
China's Yuncheng Lake turns a vivid pink and green

The dual-colours have lasted for many years, and the view only disappears in winter when the lake dries up.

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.