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Arctic ice cap is smallest since late 1970s

Washington, May 6 (IANS) The Arctic ice cap this year is the smallest it has been since the late 1970s, when satellite monitoring of the polar region began and the experts attribute the shrinkage to climate change and global warming. We had less ice this winter in the Arctic than any other winter during the satellite era, Efe news agency quoted Jeff Key, head of the satellite research ce...

1 day ago
How India drifted towards Eurasia 80 million years ago

Washington, May 5 (IANS) For years, scientists have struggled to explain how India could have drifted northward so quickly. Now, geologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unearthed India's rapid move toward Eurasia 80 million years ago that later gave rise to the Himalayas. According to them, India was pulled northward by the combination of two subduction zones -...

2 days ago
Resurrection of woolly mammoths in the offing

Washington, May 4 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time catalogued the entire mammoth genome, a feat that could serve as a recipe for engineering elephants that are able to survive in Siberia. The catalogue of genetic differences between woolly mammoths and elephants revealed how ice-age giants braved the cold. In the latest study, Vincent Lynch, evolutionary geneticist at th...

3 days ago
Decline of herbivores harmful to ecosystems

Washington, May 3 (IANS) The decline of the world's large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the spectre of an empty landscape in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, shows a new study. Large numbers of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, desert...

5 days ago
Antarctic ice sheet melting ever faster

Washington, May 1 (IANS) Using gravitational satellite data, researchers have found that during the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice its mass in its western portion compared to what it accumulated in the east. The southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster, the researchers determined. The researchers weighed Antarctica's ice sheet and found that fro...

5 days ago
Antarctic ice sheet melting faster ever

The southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster, the researchers determined. The researchers weighed Antarctica's ice sheet and found that from 2003 to 2014, the ice sheet lost 92 billion tonnes per year. Since 2008, ice loss from West Antarctica's unstable glaciers doubled from an average annual loss of 121 billion tons of ice to twice that by 2014, the researchers found...

7 days ago
Antarctica's dry valleys brimming with microbial life: Study

Washington, April 29 (IANS) Using a helicopter-borne sensor, a team of researchers has unearthed compelling evidence that beneath the Antarctica's dry valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient climate change. The team found that brines or salty water form extensive aquifers below glaciers, lakes and within permanently frozen soils.<...

11 days ago
Hundreds bid tearful adieu to mountaineer Mastan Babu

Hyderabad, April 25 (IANS) Hundreds bid tearful adieu to India's ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was buried in his native village in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday. The last rites of the 40-year-old, who died while scaling a mountain between Argentina and Chile, were performed with state honours in a family field in Gandhijana Sangam in Nellore district. 'Mastan Babu amar rahe...

14 days ago
NASA celebrates Earth's splendid beauty

Washington, April 22 (IANS) Celebrating the Earth Day, NASA has released some of the most gorgeous images and a stunning video of planet Earth as captured from the International Space Station (ISS). As part of its Earth Day programme, the US space agency is asking people for videos, messages, Instagram pictures celebrating our world, with the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome. In the imag...

19 days ago
Ruskin Bond, Varanasi's allure and much more

Stories picked up from Ruskin Bond's body of work to a journey into the intoxicating city of Varanasi - the IANS bookshelf this week has a melange of options for bookworms. Take a look. 1. Book: A Gathering of Friends: My favourite Stories; Author: Ruskin Bond; Publisher: Aleph; Pages: 244; Price:Rs.395 The 21 stories in the book are the greatest pieces of fiction written by the ...

20 days ago
Visit a springboard to take India-Canada ties to new level: Modi

Ottawa, April 15 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped to make his three-day visit to Canada a springboard to take the bilateral partnership in trade, investment and innovation to a new level, and that both sides would resume commercial cooperation in civil nuclear energy. Modi in an Op-Ed piece in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday said that after more than four decades,...

21 days ago
Whale genealogy gives new insight into evolution: Research

Wellington, April 15 (IANS) New Zealand researchers said they have developed the world's most comprehensive family tree of one of the largest and most unusual animals ever to live. The evolutionary history of baleen whales went back almost 40 million years and indicated periods of intensive evolution and extinction, University of Otago researchers said on Wednesday. While most ot...

28 days ago
Anaesthetic gases raising Earth's temperature too

London, April 8 (IANS) Anaesthetic gases may help doctors to cause temporary loss of sensation in patients and carry out surgery smoothly, but by accumulating in the Earth's atmosphere, they also contribute to climate change, says a new study. Over the past decade, concentrations of the anaesthetics desflurane, isoflurane and sevoflurane have been rising globally and the study has detect...

1 month ago
Missing Indian mountaineer found dead in South America

Hyderabad, April 4 (IANS) Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was missing since March 24 while climbing the mountains between Chile and Argentina, has been found dead, officials said here on Saturday. Mountains retained its favourite child... R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu, read an announcement on Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' created by his friends and well-wishers. Th...

1 month ago
Missing Indian mountaineer found dead

Hyderabad, April 4 (IANS) Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who was missing since March 24 while climbing the mountain between Chile and Argentina, has been found dead, his friends said on Saturday. Mountains retained its favourite child.. R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu, read an announcement on Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' created by his friends and well-wishers. The bod...

1 month ago
'Mountains retained its favourite child, RIP Malli Mastan Babu'

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Ace Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu who went missing in the Andes mountains on March 24 during a climbing mission has been found dead. A Facebook page 'Rescue Malli Mastan Babu' launched by his supporters and well wishers had this single post on Saturday : Mountains retained its favourite child.. R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu. Babu was a top Indian mounta...

1 month ago
Search on for Indian mountaineer missing in Andes

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Helicopter teams from Argentina and Chile are searching the Andes mountains for missing Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, the government said on Friday. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted the information about Babu. He went missing on March 24 while climbing the mountain between Chile and Argentina. Babu is a top Indian mo...

1 month ago
Why polar bears can't survive on land

New York, April 2 (IANS) Polar bears, increasingly being forced on shore due to sea ice loss, may be eating land-based foods including berries, birds and eggs. However, these foods cannot make up for the benefits from their traditional, lipid-rich prey - ice seals -- says a new study. Although some polar bears may eat terrestrial foods, there is no evidence the behaviour is wides...

1 month ago
When darkness took over AIFW ramp

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Painting a journey of dusk until dawn through a prism of colours, designer Namrata Joshipura presented her collection 'Night Goddess' at the ongoing Amazon India Fashion Week here. Her line hinges on 1970s' style statements with a mesh of spunk and old world charm. While exploring the darker realms of night, the range captures style of the 1970s with its cuts a...

1 month ago
Loss of Antarctic ice shelf accelerates

Washington, March 28 (IANS/EFE) The ice shelves around Antarctica have been thinning at accelerated rates for the past two decades, researchers say in an article appearing in Science magazine. The study, whose lead author is Fernando Paolo, a geophysics PhD candidate at the University of California San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, emphasises concern about rapid rise in se...

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