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Blue Whale: Underground, Unknown and Dangerous

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Blue Whale: Underground, Unknown and Dangerous

Despite demands for a ban on a game that is believed to have pushed a 14-year-old Mumbai boy to suicide, it may not be possible to bar the Blue Whale Challenge, an Internet expert said. The ban issue was recently raised in the Maharashtra assembly and in the Rajya Sabha by members who called for […]

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Groundwater Replenishment Noted in West, South India: Scientists

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Groundwater Replenishment Noted in West, South India: Scientists

An international team of researchers, including experts from IIT-Kharagpur and NASA, has reported discernible groundwater storage replenishment in certain Indian regions, in a new study, attributing it to changes in strategy in the public and private sectors. Published in the Nature Scientific Reports in August, the study says this groundwater storage (GWS) rejuvenation may possibly […]

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‘Loss of Biodiversity Greater Threat Than Climate Change’

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on ‘Loss of Biodiversity Greater Threat Than Climate Change’

The threat to humanity posed by the loss of biodiversity is as great or even greater than that posed by climate change, a Mexican biologist said. Jose Sarukhan, coordinator of the Mexican government’s National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Conabio), said the main source of pressure on what he termed “natural capital” […]

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IIT Kharagpur Technology Keeps Coconut Water Fresh For Months

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on IIT Kharagpur Technology Keeps Coconut Water Fresh For Months

Coconut water can be kept fresh for months without preservatives, thanks to a new technique developed by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Untreated coconut water has a shelf life of only 24 hours. The team of Sankha Karmakar and professor Sirshendu De, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, used a membrane-based separation […]

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2016 Confirmed as Hottest Year Globally: Report

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on 2016 Confirmed as Hottest Year Globally: Report

A US government report has confirmed that 2016 topped 2015 as the hottest year globally in 137 years of record keeping. “Most indicators of climate change (in 2016) continued to follow trends of a warming world,” the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Thursday. “Several, including land and ocean temperatures, sea level […]

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India’s Women Geologists Are Rocking It

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Feature, OP-ED  /  Comments Off on India’s Women Geologists Are Rocking It

By Sahana Ghosh | IANS A hammer and compass in hand, India’s women geologists are literally rocking it. Notwithstanding the dangers of remote environments, encounters with wild animals, limited access to toilets and the occasional “detention” by left-wing extremists in disturbed areas, these women of the Geological Survey of India have evened out the odds to […]

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Climate Change Effect: Ladakhi Tribe No Longer Vegan

By   /  August 8, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Climate Change Effect: Ladakhi Tribe No Longer Vegan

By Kushagra Dixit |IANS The little-known Brokpa tribals of Ladakh, who claim to have been vegans for some 2,200 years of their existence, are slowly opting for an alternative diet including dairy products, eggs and meat — thanks to climate change. Climate change has made summer and winter warmer and seen the advent of pests, leading […]

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India May Face Deadly Heat Waves Within Decades: Study

By   /  August 4, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on India May Face Deadly Heat Waves Within Decades: Study

Nearly 1.5 billion people in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are likely to face deadly heat waves within the next few decades due to climate change, exposing them to unsurvivable temperatures and widespread food crisis, an MIT study has warned. Scientists predicted that by the end of this century climate change could lead to severe summer […]

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Wood Beetles are Nature’s Recyclers – With a Little Help from Fungi

By   /  August 1, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Wood Beetles are Nature’s Recyclers – With a Little Help from Fungi

Dead wood-eating beetles can cause damage to residential properties, just like termites may do. But they repay humans by performing a priceless service: helping us recycle decomposing dead trees. Decomposition may have an unpleasant ring to it but it is a fundamental process in a functioning ecosystem, ensuring that we are not buried under the […]

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Pregnant Women With Hepatitis C Have 90% Chance of Infecting their Newborn

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  Feature, Health  /  Comments Off on Pregnant Women With Hepatitis C Have 90% Chance of Infecting their Newborn

(July 28 is World Hepatitis Day) By Rupesh Dutta | IANS  The parents of 31-year-old Naina Bharali are worried since their only daughter has been diagnosed with cirrhosis (liver cancer) — caused by the Hepatitis C virus. She is four months pregnant and they fear the new born will also get infected by the blood-borne […]

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