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New soot particle from wildfire emissions discovered

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 15:51

A study led by Indian-origin researcher Rajan Chakrabarty has found a previously unrecognised form of soot particle, identified by the authors as "superaggregates", from wildfire emissions, offering new insights into global climate study.

How desert scorpions build cool burrows

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 21:40

Desert scorpion burrows have complex construction, with a flat platform just below the entrance leading to a cool deep dead end chamber that provides a refuge for the scorpions to rest during the heat of the day.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Algerian team return to hero`s welcome

Last Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014, 03:11

Algeria`s World Cup team returned home to a hero`s welcome on Wednesday after their historic progress to the knockout stages was ended by Germany in extra-time.

Algerians deny extra-time defeat due to Ramadan

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 13:09

Algeria goalkeeper Rais M`Bolhi insists his side`s 2-1 extra-time defeat to Germany was not down to his team-mates` observance of Ramadan as the Desert Foxes bowed out of the World Cup.

NASA`s Orion spacecraft passes most complex parachute test

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 18:29

The US space agency, NASA, has successfully completed the most complex and flight-like test of the Orion spacecraft`s parachute system on Wednesday.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Algeria close to 2nd round after Korea feast

Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014, 13:48

Algeria moved them tantalisingly close to a first ever appearance in the knock-out rounds after dishing out a 4-2 defeat to South Korea in Porto Alegre on Sunday.

Mystery of missing 50,000-strong Persian army solved

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:58

Scientists have solved one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all times: The sudden disappearance of a large Persian army of 50,000 men in the Egyptian desert around 524 BC.

9 illegal migrants die, hundreds rescued in Sudan-Libya desert

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 01:29

Nine illegal immigrants have died among some 300 abandoned by smugglers in the scorching Sudanese-Libyan desert, with the others in poor condition, Khartoum`s army said on Wednesday.

Mike Watts, who found oil in Thar desert, to quit Cairn Energy

Last Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 17:43

Dr Mike Watts, the man credited with discovering India's largest onland oil field in Rajasthan, will step down from the board of Cairn Energy plc in mid-May.

Arid areas absorb unexpectedly high amounts of atmospheric carbon

Last Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014, 20:46

A new research, conducted over a period of ten years in Mojave Desert, has found that arid areas absorb an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere.

London smog forces British PM Cameron to skip jog

Last Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014, 20:04

The thick blanket of smog caused by dust from Africa`s Sahara desert that is engulfing the city of London today even forced British Prime Minister David Cameron to cancel his daily morning jog.

Study reveals importance of rift orientation in sculpting Africa`s margins

Last Updated: Sunday, March 02, 2014, 19:40

Geoscientists have revealed that the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 million years ago could have lead to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent.