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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 2016.

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
Scientists identify new shark species in the Atlantic Ocean

Scientists identify new shark species in the Atlantic Ocean

Sixgill sharks are among the oldest creatures on Earth, with ancestors dating back to over 250 million years, well before dinosaurs.

Feb 26, 2018, 10:20 AM IST
Heat build-up lesser in chaotically arranged cities: Study

Heat build-up lesser in chaotically arranged cities: Study

The new finding could provide city planners and officials with new ways to influence those effects.

Feb 24, 2018, 18:19 PM IST
Coral reefs threatened by ocean acidification; may dissolve before 2100: Study

Coral reefs threatened by ocean acidification; may dissolve before 2100: Study

Most studies show that acidification will be overwhelmingly bad for ocean life, also threatening creatures such as oysters, lobsters, and crabs.  

Feb 24, 2018, 18:11 PM IST
Is Delhi experiencing its warmest February ever?

Is Delhi experiencing its warmest February ever?

Experts attribute the rise in temperature in Delhi to the cloud cover over northern Rajasthan and Delhi.

Feb 21, 2018, 09:40 AM IST
Land plants arose 100 million years earlier than thought

Land plants arose 100 million years earlier than thought

The study indicates that these events actually occurred a hundred million years earlier, changing perceptions of the evolution of the Earth's biosphere.

Feb 20, 2018, 11:26 AM IST
Pangolins being smuggled through ivory trade routes: Study

Pangolins being smuggled through ivory trade routes: Study

The researchers found that local hunters in Gabon are selling increasing numbers of Pangolins to Asian workers stationed on the continent for major logging, oil exploration, and agro-industry projects.

Feb 19, 2018, 16:24 PM IST