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Corals becoming diseased due to plastic waste: Study

Corals becoming diseased due to plastic waste: Study

The findings, published in the journal Science, add to the burden of climate-related disease outbreaks that have already had an impact on coral reefs globally.

Jan 27, 2018, 09:16 AM IST
New population of 'walking fish' found in Tasmania

New population of 'walking fish' found in Tasmania

The habitat of this second colony of handfish is small within a radius of 20 metres because instead of swimming they walk on the seafloor.

Jan 24, 2018, 19:05 PM IST
Gen-next smart solar windows could produce electricity

Gen-next smart solar windows could produce electricity

The scientists made the discovery while investigating the phase transition of the material, an inorganic perovskite.

Jan 24, 2018, 18:57 PM IST
India fourth worst country in curbing environmental pollution: EPI report

India fourth worst country in curbing environmental pollution: EPI report

The EPI ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality.

Jan 24, 2018, 11:52 AM IST
Global temperature targets likely to be missed within decades

Global temperature targets likely to be missed within decades

Immediate action is required to develop a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative future or, alternatively, prepare adaptation strategies for the effects of a warmer climate.

Jan 23, 2018, 18:55 PM IST
Moss that can remove lead from water identified

Moss that can remove lead from water identified

Knowing where the lead accumulates is important for understanding how it occurs and for developing the most efficient phytoremediation.

Jan 23, 2018, 18:35 PM IST
Greenland's ice sheet is drifting into the sea due to Earth's heat loss

Greenland's ice sheet is drifting into the sea due to Earth's heat loss

Based on the data, researchers estimated that the loss of heat from the Earth's interior to the fjord is about 100 MW m-2 (milliWatt per square metre). 

Jan 23, 2018, 16:31 PM IST
New paper test can identify contaminated water

New paper test can identify contaminated water

The device is easy-to-use and transport, weighing less than one gramme.

Jan 18, 2018, 18:32 PM IST
Microwaves emit as much carbon dioxide as nearly 7 million cars: Study

Microwaves emit as much carbon dioxide as nearly 7 million cars: Study

Microwaves across the EU consume an estimated 9.4 terawatts per hour (TWh) of electricity every year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity generated by three large gas power plants.

Jan 18, 2018, 18:25 PM IST
Second giant panda baby born in Malaysia

Second giant panda baby born in Malaysia

Xing Xing and Liang Liang, known in China as Feng Yi and Fu Wa, were sent to Malaysia in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Jan 18, 2018, 09:03 AM IST
'Clockwork Orange' frog species named after Stanley Kubrick

'Clockwork Orange' frog species named after Stanley Kubrick

Both the new frogs, scientifically listed as D kubricki and D kamagarini, are characterised by a bright orange blotch on the shanks, reminiscent of the 'orange pieces of nature'.

Jan 17, 2018, 13:29 PM IST
New catalyst can help turn carbon dioxide into plastic

New catalyst can help turn carbon dioxide into plastic

Paired with carbon capture technology, this could lead to an incredibly green production mechanism for everyday plastics, meanwhile sequestering harmful greenhouse gases.

Jan 16, 2018, 18:08 PM IST
75% deaths in India in 2015 due to household burning, coal combustion: Report

75% deaths in India in 2015 due to household burning, coal combustion: Report

Overall, air pollution contributed to nearly 1.1 million deaths in 2015, with the burden falling disproportionately (75 percent) on rural areas.

Jan 16, 2018, 16:30 PM IST
Feeding your pet raw meat exposes them to harmful parasites, bacteria: Study

Feeding your pet raw meat exposes them to harmful parasites, bacteria: Study

Raw meat-based diet can lack important nutrients, which can lead to health problems, particularly in young animals.

Jan 15, 2018, 19:15 PM IST
Seven new species of spiders discovered; named after Harry Potter, GoT characters

Seven new species of spiders discovered; named after Harry Potter, GoT characters

Two species are named after spider characters from the classic works by J R R Tolkien.

Jan 15, 2018, 16:04 PM IST
Floods due to global warming will put humanity at risk in coming 20 years

Floods due to global warming will put humanity at risk in coming 20 years

Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters, researchers said.

Jan 12, 2018, 17:28 PM IST
Female swimmer bitten by sea lion in San Francisco

Female swimmer bitten by sea lion in San Francisco

A retired paramedic who was also swimming in the same area helped the victim back to shore where she received first-aid care.

Jan 12, 2018, 16:46 PM IST
Butterflies origin pushed back in time

Butterflies origin pushed back in time

Researchers say they can learn more about the conservation of butterflies and moths by studying their early evolution. 

Jan 11, 2018, 19:42 PM IST
Extinct giant burrowing bat fossil found in New Zealand

Extinct giant burrowing bat fossil found in New Zealand

The teeth and bones of the animal, which lived 16 to 19 million years ago, were discovered near St Bathans in Central Otago where the scientists have been working for the past 16 years.

Jan 11, 2018, 14:25 PM IST
New York City sues oil companies over climate change

New York City sues oil companies over climate change

The city alleges the fossil fuel industry was aware for decades that burning fuel was impacting climate change.

Jan 11, 2018, 12:44 PM IST