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Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

The slimmer pelvis of our species entails greater difficulty for childbirth, but it reduces the force that the abductor muscles of the hip have to exert to maintain the stability of the pelvis while

Dec 18, 2017, 16:44 PM IST
Australia extends a helping hand, offers technological aid to prevent crop burning

Australia extends a helping hand, offers technological aid to prevent crop burning

Punjab and Haryana generate an estimated 30 million tonnes of paddy straw each year, which is later set on fire and is believed to be a major contributing factor to air pollution, especially over

Dec 18, 2017, 16:31 PM IST
European Union, 12 other nations call out Japan on Antarctic whaling

European Union, 12 other nations call out Japan on Antarctic whaling

Besides EU, the letter was also signed by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.

Dec 18, 2017, 15:55 PM IST
IIT scientists use onion skin to generate electricity

IIT scientists use onion skin to generate electricity

Piezoelectric materials have the ability to convert energy from everyday mechanical motions into electricity.

Dec 18, 2017, 14:52 PM IST
Baby panda makes press debut at Japan zoo

Baby panda makes press debut at Japan zoo

The panda named Xiang Xiang -- derived from the Chinese character for "fragrance" -- has sparked a media frenzy since its birth on June 12 at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo.

Dec 18, 2017, 11:46 AM IST
Treating humps: Dubai opens world's first camel hospital

Treating humps: Dubai opens world's first camel hospital

There is an operating theater and an x-ray room with MRI, and CAT scan facilities are to be installed next year.

Dec 15, 2017, 17:09 PM IST
Kolkata zoo to have four anacondas next year

Kolkata zoo to have four anacondas next year

The green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), also known as water boa, are the most common and is a non-venomous boa species found in South America.

Dec 14, 2017, 19:33 PM IST
Scientists urge IUCN to uplist Cheetahs from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered'

Scientists urge IUCN to uplist Cheetahs from 'vulnerable' to 'endangered'

Fewer than 3,600 adult cheetahs remain in the region, the researchers found.

Dec 14, 2017, 10:38 AM IST
Oldest vertebrate alive: Shark found in Arctic waters believed to be 512-years-old – See pic

Oldest vertebrate alive: Shark found in Arctic waters believed to be 512-years-old – See pic

Estimated to be up to 512-years-old (meaning it was born before Shakespeare), the shark weighs more than a tonne and could have been born as early as 1505.

Dec 14, 2017, 08:34 AM IST
Human-sized penguin of pre-historic time found in New Zealand

Human-sized penguin of pre-historic time found in New Zealand

The fossils, which were discovered in 2004 on some rocks near Hampden Beach in South Island of New Zealand, suggested that it was one of the largest penguins in history.  

Dec 13, 2017, 17:00 PM IST
World losing battle against climate change, urge leaders to take concrete action: Macron

World losing battle against climate change, urge leaders to take concrete action: Macron

All countries have signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by cutting greenhouse emissions and investing in green energy.

Dec 13, 2017, 10:33 AM IST
'New normal': Temperatures in Arctic rising twice as fast as rest of the planet

'New normal': Temperatures in Arctic rising twice as fast as rest of the planet

The region around the north pole "shows no sign of returning to the reliably frozen region it was decades ago," the report said.

Dec 13, 2017, 08:39 AM IST
NASA shares time-lapse video of island forming from underwater volcano - Watch

NASA shares time-lapse video of island forming from underwater volcano - Watch

The new study offers insight into its longevity and the erosion that shapes new islands.

Dec 12, 2017, 18:20 PM IST
Why do some dolphins, whales get stranded along coasts?

Why do some dolphins, whales get stranded along coasts?

Mass strandings occur around the world and can affect anywhere from three to several hundred animals during any given event.

Dec 11, 2017, 18:52 PM IST
Pollution in Beijing region reduced by 38%

Pollution in Beijing region reduced by 38%

From January to November, the capital saw the average concentration of PM2.5 - the smallest, most harmful particles of pollution - reduced to 60 micrograms per cubic meter, a reduction of 25.6

Dec 11, 2017, 18:48 PM IST
The United Kingdom has found its new highest peak – Mount Hope

The United Kingdom has found its new highest peak – Mount Hope

 The map-makers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) were prompted to take another look at the mountains because of concerns for the safety of pilots flying across the White Continent.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:51 AM IST
This heart-wrenching video of starving polar bear will make you teary-eyed - Watch

This heart-wrenching video of starving polar bear will make you teary-eyed - Watch

The video shows a bony, emaciated polar bear trying to cling on to his life as he hunts for a morsel of food. 

Dec 09, 2017, 17:46 PM IST
World's oldest eye discovered? 530-million-year-old fossil gives clue

World's oldest eye discovered? 530-million-year-old fossil gives clue

The remains include an early form of the eye seen in many of today's animals, including crabs, bees and dragonflies, researchers said.

Dec 08, 2017, 15:51 PM IST
Cocoa trees produce tastier chocolates under stress: Study

Cocoa trees produce tastier chocolates under stress: Study

To gain higher yields, growers sometimes plant cocoa trees in solitary groves, in which the trees are exposed to stressful conditions.

Dec 07, 2017, 20:12 PM IST
13-year-old becomes youngest Indian to be selected for Antarctica Expedition

13-year-old becomes youngest Indian to be selected for Antarctica Expedition

Aanya, a Class 8 student, is presently studying in Sahyadri School, Pune.

Dec 07, 2017, 17:02 PM IST

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