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China 'winning' war on smog, helping life expectancy: Study

China 'winning' war on smog, helping life expectancy: Study

As public discontent mounted over the country's choking smog, China's ruling Communist Party made clean air a priority.

Mar 13, 2018, 18:20 PM IST
Ancient giant shark tooth goes missing in Australia

Ancient giant shark tooth goes missing in Australia

One of just a few Megalodon specimens in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, "very few people" knew of its location, he added, without elaborating on exactly how many.

Mar 13, 2018, 18:17 PM IST
Bizarre! 11-foot-long Burmese python devours deer that weighs more than itself

Bizarre! 11-foot-long Burmese python devours deer that weighs more than itself

In a rare case, a 11-foot-long Burmese python consumed an entire deer that weighs more than the snake itself.

Mar 13, 2018, 12:46 PM IST
Watch: Orangutan in Indonesian zoo caught smoking a cigarette

Watch: Orangutan in Indonesian zoo caught smoking a cigarette

This is not the first that a zoo orangutan has been caught sneaking a smoke in Indonesia, which has an abysmal record of animal protection and one of the world's highest smoking rates.

Mar 09, 2018, 10:46 AM IST
Climate change impacts women more than men: UN

Climate change impacts women more than men: UN

With dry seasons now becoming longer, women are working harder to feed and care for their families without support. 

Mar 08, 2018, 18:15 PM IST
Study reveals termites sacrifice elderly, use females as cannon fodder in ant wars

Study reveals termites sacrifice elderly, use females as cannon fodder in ant wars

Such an ageist system boosts the life expectancy of soldiers by keeping them safe when they are younger.

Mar 07, 2018, 18:07 PM IST
Oldest reptile that could shed its tail to escape predators identified

Oldest reptile that could shed its tail to escape predators identified

Interestingly, the research team found that young captorhinids had well-formed cracks, while those in some adults tended to fuse up.

Mar 07, 2018, 17:59 PM IST
Researchers find rare mineral in plants for first time

Researchers find rare mineral in plants for first time

This is the first time that the rare and unstable mineral has been found to be associated with plants.

Mar 07, 2018, 17:54 PM IST
Beetles face extinction due to loss of old trees: Report

Beetles face extinction due to loss of old trees: Report

The new European Red List of Saproxylic Beetles by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessed the conservation status of almost 700 species of saproxylic beetles.

Mar 06, 2018, 18:05 PM IST
Arctic permafrost may unleash carbon within decades: NASA

Arctic permafrost may unleash carbon within decades: NASA

The researchers calculated that as thawing continues, by the year 2300, total carbon emissions from the coldest northern Arctic will be 10 times as much as all human-produced fossil fuel emissions in

Mar 06, 2018, 17:29 PM IST
Farmers crack open a giant egg, find another fully-formed one inside

Farmers crack open a giant egg, find another fully-formed one inside

The egg was produced by a free-range chicken (that is, kept in natural conditions, not caged) at Stockman’s Eggs in Kairi in far north Queensland. 

Mar 06, 2018, 16:11 PM IST
127 million-year-old fossil of smallest known prehistoric baby bird discovered

127 million-year-old fossil of smallest known prehistoric baby bird discovered

The fossil is made up of a nearly complete skeleton and would have weighed just three ounces when it was alive.

Mar 06, 2018, 11:55 AM IST
Spring is arriving earlier in polar regions than anywhere else

Spring is arriving earlier in polar regions than anywhere else

This northward increase in the rate of springtime advance is roughly three times greater than what previous studies have indicated.

Mar 05, 2018, 18:20 PM IST
Endangered Sumatran tiger disemboweled, hung for attacking Indonesian locals

Endangered Sumatran tiger disemboweled, hung for attacking Indonesian locals

Despite warnings by conservation officials to not harm the big cat, the villagers announced plans to kill the animal.

Mar 05, 2018, 17:15 PM IST
Among all devices, smartphones will be most damaging to the environment by 2020: Study

Among all devices, smartphones will be most damaging to the environment by 2020: Study

While smartphones consume little energy to operate, 85 percent of their emissions impact comes from production.

Mar 05, 2018, 12:30 PM IST
1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands: Study

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands: Study

Just 160 kilometres (100 miles) away in the west Antarctic, the same species is in decline due to sea ice melt blamed on global warming, they said.

Mar 02, 2018, 17:22 PM IST
Antarctica sea ice cover declines to second-lowest on record

Antarctica sea ice cover declines to second-lowest on record

Last year also saw near record-lows for the wintertime maximum sea ice cover, at 18.05 million square kilometers.

Mar 02, 2018, 17:18 PM IST
'Doomsday' seed vault undergoes makeover as Arctic temperatures rise

'Doomsday' seed vault undergoes makeover as Arctic temperatures rise

The underground vault – that has also been called Noah's Ark for seeds – houses and protects the world's crops for a worst-case scenario, that is doomsday.

Mar 02, 2018, 12:09 PM IST
Only 13% of world's tiger conservation areas meet global standards: Report

Only 13% of world's tiger conservation areas meet global standards: Report

Tigers are one of the most poached and most hunted animals in the world, which has led their population to be listed as 'endangered species'.

Mar 01, 2018, 11:26 AM IST
Global fossil fuel emissions underestimated: Study

Global fossil fuel emissions underestimated: Study

The researchers are now calling for further investigation into fossil fuel emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas which is emitted along with ethane and propane from natural gas sources.

Feb 27, 2018, 19:50 PM IST

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