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2 days ago
World oceans rising dangerously, says NASA

Washington, Aug 27 (IANS) Oceans around the world are rising dangerously, warns NASA, adding that the ramifications of sea level rise can be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by climate models. Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly three inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than nine inches due to natural variation, according to the latest...

6 days ago
Inspired by Three Musketeers, inspiring James Bond

For over five centuries till the 1960s, every newly-appointed Pope's procession was stopped thrice by a Vatican servitor who proclaimed: Pater Sancte, sic transit gloria mundi! (Holy Father, so passes worldly glory!). In the secular world, the best example is how hugely popular authors gradually disappear from the sight and minds. Like this prolific writer of best-selling thrillers of internation...

10 days ago
Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama on Arctic oil drilling

Washington, Aug 19 (IANS) US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Barack Obama's fresh approval for offshore drilling in the Arctic. The Arctic is a unique treasure, said Clinton on Twitter on Tuesday. Given what we know, it's not worth the risk. Clinton's breakaway from the Obama administration came only one day after Obama gave th...

15 days ago
Stagnant, warm deep sea helped end last Ice Age

London, Aug 14 (IANS) The build-up and subsequent release of heat from stagnant water of Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last ice age within the Arctic region, says new research. As well as being stagnant, these deep waters were also warm, said lead researcher David Thornalley from University College London. The study examined how the circulation of the o...

18 days ago
Indian children youngest to reach Everest base camp

Kathmandu, Aug 11 (IANS) Two children from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have set a record for being the youngest climbers to reach Mount Everest base camp, a media report said on Tuesday. Accompanied by their parents, Gwalior-based siblings Kandarp Sharma, 5, and Ritvika, 8, reached the base camp at an altitude of 5,380 metres on Monday morning, according to the expedition organise...

28 days ago
The fascinating journey of life-sustaining force on Earth: Water

Title: The Water Book: The Extraordinary Story of Our Most Ordinary Substance; Author: Alok Jha; Publisher: Headline (Britain); Pages: 376; Price: Rs.499 Wonder where the water you just gulped down came from? The tap, the office water dispenser, under the earth or from the sky? Well, it actually landed on Earth from space some four billion years ago - covering an unknown journey of hundr...

1 month ago
Destructive electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere

Washington, July 27 (IANS) A unique study has been done of potentially destructive high-energy electrons streaking into Earth's atmosphere from space, employing two different and distant vantage points high above the Earth. The researchers launched their project in Antarctica to record X-rays produced as falling electrons collide with the Earth's atmosphere. This is exciting for ...

1 month ago
Native Americans came from Australasia not Siberia: Scientists

Washington, July 24 (IANS) Debunking the latest discovery claiming that the first people to reach the Americas came from Siberia, now in Russia, around 23,000 years ago, new research proposes that native Americans living in the Amazon bear an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia. The new discovery suggests a previously unknown wave of migration to the America...

1 month ago
50 million year old sperm found in Antarctica

London, July 20 (IANS) The world's oldest sperm cells preserved in a tiny cocoon in Antarctica for a whopping 50 million years have been recovered by researchers, a scientific journal has reported. An ancient relative of worms or leeches likely created the cocoon while mating, and released its sperm inside, the study said. Our discovery of sperm in a leech cocoon from Antarctica ...

1 month ago
'Antarctica will get three degrees hotter by century-end'

Panaji, July 14 (IANS) The temperature in Antarctica may rise by as much as three degrees by the end of the century, an expert has said, adding this could be the tipping point as far as the fight against global warming is concerned. There are models about the kind of increase in (temperature in) 21st century in Antarctica and it is suspected that the temperatures in the Antarctica penins...

1 month ago
Indian climate technology benefitted GDP by Rs.1.34 lakh crore

Panaji, July 12 (IANS) Systems developed by Indian scientists to forecast weather, tsunamis and cyclones benefitted the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by nearly Rs.134,000 crore, union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. India has provided tsunami and cyclone warning systems to around 24 countries, which were reaping benefits of technology indigenously d...

1 month ago
Sea levels to rise 20 feet

New York, July 11 (IANS) Sea levels could rise at least six metres or around 20 feet above current levels if current climate trends continue, says a study analysing three decades of research on the historic effects of melting polar ice sheets. Global mean sea level rise of 20 feet could be catastrophic to the hundreds of millions of people living in these coastal zones, the study, publis...

1 month ago
'Minions' - Great family entertainer

Film: Minions; Voiceovers by: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell, Katy Mixon and Michael Beattie; Directors: Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda; Rating: ***1/2 Minions, who? For the uninitiated, they are those tiny, yellow-pill shaped, jabbering creatures, who first made their appearance ...

2 months ago
First species of Yeti crab found in Antarctica

London, June 25 (IANS) The first species of Yeti crab from hydrothermal vent systems in Antarctica, has been discovered by a team of British scientists. Named after world-renowned British deep-sea and polar biologist professor Paul Tyler, the species Kiwa Tyleri belongs to an enigmatic group of squat lobsters known as Kiwaidae. The species occurring at extremely high densities ex...

2 months ago
President greets Iceland on eve of National Day

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of Iceland on the eve of their National Day. In his message to Iceland President Olafur Ragnar-Grimsson, Mukherjee said: On behalf of the government, people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I convey my warm greetings and felici...

2 months ago
Polar bear seen eating dolphins

London, June 15 (IANS) A polar bear was spotted preying on a white-beaked dolphin carcass that had been trapped in the ice in Svalbard, a group of Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to global warming these polar bears are fast adapting to new milieu and are now preying on new species, who primarily feed on ringed and bearded seals. In April 2014, a male polar bear with...

2 months ago
Dramatic ice sheet collapse triggered global climate change

London, June 11 (IANS) Scientists from the University of Southampton have found that the climatic events that ended the earlier ice age are surprisingly different to those of the last ice age. At the end of an ice age continental ice sheets, oceans and atmosphere change rapidly. These results will help scientists understand the processes that control Earth's dramatic climate chan...

2 months ago
Alexa Chung a 'nightmare to date'

London, June 6 (IANS) TV presenter and model Alexa Chung says she is a nightmare to date because she is fiercely independent. The 31-year-old, who is rumoured to be in a relationship with Alexander Skarsgard, has confessed she is a difficult girlfriend. I don't like being told what to do. And I don't want to be penned in. I don't want to feel I have to be anywhere... I am quite r...

2 months ago
President thanks Sweden for backing Indian claim for UNSC membership

Stockholm, June 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday thanked Sweden for backing India's claim for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, an official statement said. Speaking at the state banquet hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf, the president said: Our countries have similar views on many issues of regional and global concern. We have been co-operating closely in the Un...

2 months ago
India, Sweden ink six agreements on Pranab visit

Stockholm/New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) India and Sweden on Monday inked six agreements, including in the field of polar research and for boosting trade, during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to the key Arctic Council member, in the first-ever visit by an Indian head of state. Mukherjee is on a five-day visit to Sweden and Belarus. The president, who began his visit May 31, w...

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