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Giant penguin lived along dinosaurs once upon a time: Report

A giant penguin foot-bone discovered in New Zealand shows that the ancestors of everyone’s favourite flightless bird waddled Earth during the age of dinosaurs, researchers have found.

Over 3,000 smuggled tortoises seized in China
Over 3,000 smuggled tortoises seized in China

More than 3,300 live tortoises smuggled from Hong Kong were seized in China's Guangdong province, officials said.

Arctic is already witnessing spring – thanks to climate change!
Arctic is already witnessing spring – thanks to climate change!

The study covers 12 years of observations at a West Greenland field site near Russell Glacier, a dynamic front protruding from the massive inland ice sheet that covers most of the island.

Scientists to test 50 coral reefs to seek ways to counter climate change
Scientists to test 50 coral reefs to seek ways to counter climate change

Last year was the warmest on record the third time in a row, damaging corals from Australia`s Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean, a loss for fragile species and a threat to coastal economies in the magnitude of billions of dollars.

All four monitor lizards in Delhi zoo dead due to 'shock'
All four monitor lizards in Delhi zoo dead due to 'shock'

As per the postmortem report, the lizards died of shock. Khan said the reptiles died on February 1, 2, 11 and 15.

Remembering Steve Irwin: Nine facts about 'The Crocodile Hunter' on his 55th birthday
Remembering Steve Irwin: Nine facts about 'The Crocodile Hunter' on his 55th birthday

Irwin is synonymous with the wild and his ways with nature and the animals made people adore him even more.

China suffered from air pollution more in January, says official data
China suffered from air pollution more in January, says official data

The city of Haikou in Hainan Province continued to have the cleanest air out of the nation's 74 major cities, while Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province was the worst polluted.

eToilets: What you need to know, how technology transforms sanitation
eToilets: What you need to know, how technology transforms sanitation

eToilets are unmanned toilets which work on an indigenous technology and are placed on a cement or metal base. 

Corbett Tiger Reserve authorities issue 'shoot at sight' orders after suspected poacher movement
Corbett Tiger Reserve authorities issue 'shoot at sight' orders after suspected poacher movement

The orders were passed following a report which told of suspected poacher movement near the southern boundary of the park.

Four new species of small night frogs discovered in Western Ghats
Four new species of small night frogs discovered in Western Ghats

According to a report published on Tuesday, the newly discovered species that are small enough to sit on a fingernail were there in abundance but had likely been overlooked because of their size.

Fifth of world food lost to over-eating, wastage: Study
Fifth of world food lost to over-eating, wastage: Study

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers worldwide is lost through over-eating or wastage, according to a new study.

Nuclear power could soon be harnessed from oceans
Nuclear power could soon be harnessed from oceans

Scientists are developing a new way of extracting uranium from seawater, an advance that may help countries that lack resources to harness nuclear power from the oceans.

Venomous marine snail may provide potent painkiller: Study
Venomous marine snail may provide potent painkiller: Study

The medical community is in need of alternative therapies that do not rely on the opioid pathways to relieve pain.

China has been hiding what may have been an actual Jurassic Park!
China has been hiding what may have been an actual Jurassic Park!

The survey covered an area of 11,000 square kilometres in Zhejiang. Scientists identified eight new species among the fossils.

Unveiled: 'Prakriti Metro Park' of Delhi created from waste materials - Watch
Unveiled: 'Prakriti Metro Park' of Delhi created from waste materials - Watch

The park called 'Prakriti' is located near Shastri Park Metro Station, in New Delhi. 

Odisha: Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in a week, number may go up
Odisha: Endangered Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in a week, number may go up

Over 3,55,000 eggs have been laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles within a week of mass nesting in Rushikulya river mouth of Ganjam coast, which is an all-time record. 

Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!
Air pollution claims two Indian lives every minute, says study!

The study says causes of air pollution and climate change are intricately linked and needed to be tackled together.

Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects
Good looks, attractive scent, both carry equal weightage in insects

It could explain why, when looks are deceiving, the insects are still able to show a preference for mates from the same species ?

Air quality inspectors investigate air quality in China
Air quality inspectors investigate air quality in China

The teams went to cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and neighbouring areas, including Shanxi, Shandong and Henan provinces, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said.

Dedicated to climate-change, 'Science Express' train flagged off to cover 68 stations
Dedicated to climate-change, 'Science Express' train flagged off to cover 68 stations

India's Science, Environment and Railway ministers on Friday flagged off, the world's largest "science exhibition on wheels", the Science Express train to create an awareness on climate change in the country.

India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years
India's only live volcano 'Barren Islands' active again after 150 years

Scientists attached to the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) said that India's only active volcano, the Barren Islands volcano which is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, erupted for about four hours in January this year.

Indian animals residing in surprising harmony, says study
Indian animals residing in surprising harmony, says study

Using dozens of non-invasive camera traps for sampling entire populations, rather than track a handful of individuals, the research team recorded some 2,500 images of the three predators in action.

A small effort of ours can reduce global warming – Read
A small effort of ours can reduce global warming – Read

The study simulated the effects of painting roofs white to reflect incoming solar rays and found that it could help cool cities and reduce the effects of global warming.

'Extinct' woolly mammoth may be back to Earth in two years – Know how
'Extinct' woolly mammoth may be back to Earth in two years – Know how

A team of scientists from Harvard University is producing a hybrid woolly mammoth embryo using DNA from specimens found frozen in Siberian ice.

Seagrasses can improve water quality of sea by suppressing pollution
Seagrasses can improve water quality of sea by suppressing pollution

According to researchers, seagrass meadows reduce bacteria pathogenic to humans and marine life by up to 50 percent.

Climate change winning? Scientists confirm receding Antarctic sea ice has hit record low!
Climate change winning? Scientists confirm receding Antarctic sea ice has hit record low!

The sea ice is likely to decrease further as it usually melts to its smallest for the year at the end of February in the summer of southern hemisphere, researchers said.

Earth has a new guest – Scientists unearth new continent called 'Zealandia'
Earth has a new guest – Scientists unearth new continent called 'Zealandia'

Scientists say that 5 million square kilometer landmark east of Australia is a continent and this theory is backed by satellite data and rock samples.

World's oceans lost 2% of oxygen over last 50 years, warn scientists
World's oceans lost 2% of oxygen over last 50 years, warn scientists

The authors said they needed to conduct more research to determine how much of the oxygen loss was due to global warming and how much was related to natural climate cycles.

Do you know where Asia's cleanest village is? - Read
Do you know where Asia's cleanest village is? - Read

Mawlynnong has a environmentally conscious village population to alomost zero tolerance for littering and throwing waste.

Washington zoo gears up to send off giant panda Bao Bao
Washington zoo gears up to send off giant panda Bao Bao

In addition, a ceremony will be organised by the zoo on February 21, to bid farewell to Bao Bao.