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'Sightless' corals relish the taste of plastic, says study

'Sightless' corals relish the taste of plastic, says study

Visual cues, such as a resemblance to prey, do not factor into the appeal because corals have no eyes.

Oct 25, 2017, 17:02 PM IST
Monsoon forecast in India can be better predicted now

Monsoon forecast in India can be better predicted now

The new method uses rainfall rates to mark the span of the monsoon at any given location throughout the affected region.
 

Oct 25, 2017, 13:23 PM IST
We are born with the fear of snakes and spiders, says study

We are born with the fear of snakes and spiders, says study

Researchers conclude that fear of snakes and spiders is of evolutionary origin.

Oct 24, 2017, 18:47 PM IST
Team of vets give new lease of life to bear with massive tongue in Myanmar

Team of vets give new lease of life to bear with massive tongue in Myanmar

A team of experts team travelled to Myanmar, working with local vets to carry out the tongue amputation.

Oct 24, 2017, 18:20 PM IST
Sumatran tigers on path to recovery: Study

Sumatran tigers on path to recovery: Study

The study showed a Sumatran tiger population density increase to 2.8 tigers per 100 sq km in 2015 from 1.6 tigers per 100 sq km in 2002.

Oct 24, 2017, 16:33 PM IST
Low-pitched rumble of rocks could aid in earthquake prediction: Study

Low-pitched rumble of rocks could aid in earthquake prediction: Study

The sounds are emitted typically a week before an earthquake occurs, so deciphering them would allow scientists to pinpoint the timing of a tremor, the research paper said.

Oct 24, 2017, 13:56 PM IST
Diver shadowed by tiger shark in Australian waters says he's lucky to be alive

Diver shadowed by tiger shark in Australian waters says he's lucky to be alive

I thought this was it, this is how I'm going to die," the diver said.

Oct 23, 2017, 18:28 PM IST
Delhi: Air quality report card two days after Diwali similar to last year

Delhi: Air quality report card two days after Diwali similar to last year

The Supreme Court ban on sale of firecrackers did not prevent people from lighting sparklers, rockets and loud Diwali "bombs" though the volume was lower than previous years.

Oct 22, 2017, 10:57 AM IST
With over 2.5 million pollution-related deaths a year, India tops global list

With over 2.5 million pollution-related deaths a year, India tops global list

More than 2.5 million people died due to various forms of pollution in 2015.

Oct 20, 2017, 15:40 PM IST
World's deepest Lake Baikal dying mysteriously

World's deepest Lake Baikal dying mysteriously

Over the past several years, a major international tourist attraction, has been crippled by a series of detrimental phenomena, some of which remain a mystery to scientists.

Oct 19, 2017, 14:30 PM IST
Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more protection

Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more protection

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) will submit their action plans to the CMS COP12 wildlife summit in Manila from October 23-28.

Oct 19, 2017, 11:45 AM IST
Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists

Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists

As the oceans get warmer, fish, which seem to be better predators in warmer waters, will extend their range from the equator to feed in colder latitudes where the number of large invertebrates is higher.

Oct 19, 2017, 11:38 AM IST
These 10 rivers are responsible for feeding the seas with 95% of plastic waste

These 10 rivers are responsible for feeding the seas with 95% of plastic waste

While eight of these 10 river systems are in Asia, two are in Africa.

Oct 18, 2017, 18:31 PM IST
World's largest mud explosion occurred due to a volcano: Scientists

World's largest mud explosion occurred due to a volcano: Scientists

As per a study, Lusi, the world's largest mud eruption that began on the Indonesian island of Java in 2006 is not stopping any time soon as it is connected to a nearby volcanic system.

Oct 18, 2017, 16:39 PM IST
Endangered parrot to be saved through crowdfunding

Endangered parrot to be saved through crowdfunding

Scientists have revealed that they were seeking donations from the public to help save the swift parrot, which is currently at risk of extinction due to predatory sugar gliders -- a species of gliding possum introduced to Tasmania early last century

Oct 18, 2017, 13:29 PM IST
Diwali 2017: Why should your pets suffer while you celebrate?

Diwali 2017: Why should your pets suffer while you celebrate?

With the onset of the Diwali season every year, vets report increase in anxiety disorders, such as stress colitis.

Oct 18, 2017, 12:57 PM IST
Won't burst crackers on Diwali, say 87% citizens of Delhi-NCR

Won't burst crackers on Diwali, say 87% citizens of Delhi-NCR

With the air quality reduced to toxic levels – five times the safe levels set by the WHO – Delhi features in the list of the most polluted cities in the world.

Oct 18, 2017, 08:54 AM IST
India can reduce 520 million tonnes of greenhouse gas: Study

India can reduce 520 million tonnes of greenhouse gas: Study

Merely by conservation of nature, and reforestation, about 37 percent of global greenhouse gas emission could be reduced by 2030. 

Oct 17, 2017, 19:38 PM IST
Whales, dolphins follow rich 'human-like' culture, says study

Whales, dolphins follow rich 'human-like' culture, says study

Further, vocal mimicry and 'signature whistles' used by dolphins to make a call associated with an individual when they're not there, suggests they too gossip about each other. 
 

Oct 17, 2017, 16:40 PM IST
Even in worst-case scenario, repetition of Diwali 2016 pollution unlikely: SAFAR

Even in worst-case scenario, repetition of Diwali 2016 pollution unlikely: SAFAR

Delhi faced its worst air pollution and smog in 17 years the following day after Diwali 2016, with unabated and unchecked stubble burning in neighbouring states being coupled with additional emissions from Diwali firecrackers bought the PM2.5 volume to over 600 units.

Oct 17, 2017, 09:11 AM IST