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2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, says WMO report

2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, says WMO report

The WMO's provisional Statement on the State of the Climate says the average global temperature from January to September this year was approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

Nov 06, 2017, 19:26 PM IST
Pollution in Delhi increases, air quality 'severe' at several places

Pollution in Delhi increases, air quality 'severe' at several places

The safe range for PM2.5 is 60 microgrammes per cubic meter as per Indian standards and 25 units as per International norms.

Nov 06, 2017, 17:27 PM IST
Geckos' tail-regrowth cells could coax human spinal injuries to heal: Scientists

Geckos' tail-regrowth cells could coax human spinal injuries to heal: Scientists

Geckos are able to regenerate a new tail within a month – faster than any other type of lizard.

Nov 06, 2017, 17:13 PM IST
Siberian tiger attacks, mauls keeper at Russian zoo, visitors scare it away

Siberian tiger attacks, mauls keeper at Russian zoo, visitors scare it away

The Siberian tiger – the largest cat in the world – was supposed to be contained in another part of its compound when the woman brought its food.

Nov 06, 2017, 14:12 PM IST
Horses can read human body language: Study

Horses can read human body language: Study

The findings enhance our understanding of how animals can communicate using body posture across the species barrier and are specifically helpful for informing horse handlers and trainers about the ways horses perceive human body language.

Nov 05, 2017, 14:10 PM IST
Greenland ice at much more risk than thought, says study

Greenland ice at much more risk than thought, says study

Researchers have created the most comprehensive, accurate and high-resolution relief maps ever made of Greenland's bedrock and coastal seafloor.
 

Nov 04, 2017, 15:08 PM IST
Loyal companion: Dog turns fierce, saves woman from getting raped

Loyal companion: Dog turns fierce, saves woman from getting raped

A rapist was scared off by the aggressive dog when he tried to rape its owner in a park in UK.

Nov 04, 2017, 12:35 PM IST
Humans began eating grapes 22,000 years ago: Study

Humans began eating grapes 22,000 years ago: Study

The study found evidence that people may have been eating the popular fruit as many as 15,000 years before they domesticated the fruit as an agricultural crop.
 

Nov 03, 2017, 19:42 PM IST
Male woolly mammoths often met disastrous ends: Study

Male woolly mammoths often met disastrous ends: Study

Researchers analysed 98 woolly mammoth specimens collected from various parts of Siberia and discovered that the fossilised remains more often came from males of the species than females.

Nov 03, 2017, 14:36 PM IST
Warm air caused ozone hole to shrink to its smallest size since 1988: Scientists

Warm air caused ozone hole to shrink to its smallest size since 1988: Scientists

An unstable and warmer Antarctic vortex – the stratospheric low pressure system that rotates clockwise in the atmosphere above Antarctica – strongly influenced the smaller ozone hole in 2017.

Nov 03, 2017, 14:35 PM IST
Scientists discover new species of orangutans, but they are already endangered

Scientists discover new species of orangutans, but they are already endangered

The researchers say the population is highly vulnerable and its habitat is facing further pressure from development.

Nov 03, 2017, 12:55 PM IST
Delhi air quality improves slightly but continues to hound people

Delhi air quality improves slightly but continues to hound people

The change in the wind direction has slightly improved the air quality in Delhi but it continues to remain 'very poor', according to Central Pollution Control Board.

Nov 03, 2017, 12:47 PM IST
Coral reefs can adapt to climate change, says study

Coral reefs can adapt to climate change, says study

Researchers found that some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance.

Nov 02, 2017, 20:22 PM IST
Watch: This giant white shark tried to click a selfie but failed

Watch: This giant white shark tried to click a selfie but failed

A video showing a curious giant white shark trying to hold a camera and playing with it has gone viral but eventually failed.

Nov 02, 2017, 14:23 PM IST
Jellyfish-inspired electronic skin glows when hurt

Jellyfish-inspired electronic skin glows when hurt

An electronic skin that can mimic the full range of biological skin's sensitivity has great potential to transform prosthetics and robotics.

Nov 02, 2017, 13:39 PM IST
Australian snakes have Asian origin, says study

Australian snakes have Asian origin, says study

About 85 percent of the more than 1,000 snake and lizard species in Australia descended from creatures that floated across the ocean.

Nov 02, 2017, 12:52 PM IST
Sordid business of illegal wildlife trade blooming, warns WWF

Sordid business of illegal wildlife trade blooming, warns WWF

It is believed that Pangolins are the most illegally traded animals for their scales, which are used to treat asthma, rheumatism and arthritis.

Nov 02, 2017, 09:56 AM IST
Delhi air turns into poison, health experts warn against going out

Delhi air turns into poison, health experts warn against going out

The advisory points out that while a normal adult breathes approximately six litres of air per minute at rest, during exercising it increases to 20 liters.

Nov 01, 2017, 18:41 PM IST
Is air pollution linked to cancer? Study says yes

Is air pollution linked to cancer? Study says yes

The study included more than 600,000 adults in the US who participated in the Cancer Prevention Study II and who were followed for 22 years (from 1982 to 2004).  

Nov 01, 2017, 14:25 PM IST
Delhi air filled with smoke as crop burning increases

Delhi air filled with smoke as crop burning increases

SAFAR has discouraged all kinds of outdoor activities and has advised those suffering from asthma or other respiratory issues to keep their medications handy.

Nov 01, 2017, 08:52 AM IST