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2 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...

7 days 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 ...

10 days 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...

14 days 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 ...

20 days 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...

22 days 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...

23 days 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...

24 days 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 ...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

1 month 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...

2 months ago
Mukherjee leaves on Sunday for five-day visit to Sweden, Belarus

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee leaves on Sunday for a five-day state visit to Sweden and Belarus, in the first presidential visit to both countries. The visit is set to see bolstering of bilateral ties as well as a push to the government's initiatives like Make in India, Swachh Bharat and Skill India. The president will be in Sweden from May 31 to June 2, and...

2 months ago
'Montreal Protocol has helped slow ozone depletion'

London, May 27 (IANS) Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is in much better shape now than it would have been without the United Nations (UN) treaty, a new study says. Without the Montreal Protocol, a very large ozone hole over the Arctic would have occurred during that cold winter and smaller Arctic ozone holes would have become a regular occurrence. The Montreal Pr...

2 months ago
NASA selects scientific tools for Europa mission

Washington, May 27 (IANS) The US space agency has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. The aim is to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbour conditions suitable for life. Europa has tantalised scientists with its enigmatic icy surface and evidence of a vast ocean. We have gathered amazing data from 11 flybys of the Galileo sp...

2 months ago
Over 100 Russian combat aircraft start surprise exercise

Moscow, May 26 (IANS) The Russian air force on Tuesday mobilised more than 100 aircraft from their bases to operational airfields as part of a surprise combat readiness inspection, according to the Russian defence ministry. The flight personnel have received their flight tasks and started navigational calculations, a statement by the ministry stated, adding that the air units would manoe...

2 months ago
Sudden ice loss in Antarctica affects Earth's gravity field

London, May 25 (IANS) A sudden increase in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica is causing small changes in the gravity field of the Earth, says a team of scientists. Around 2009, multiple glaciers along a vast coastal expanse, measuring some 750 km in length, suddenly started to shed ice into the ocean. To date, the glaciers added roughly 300 cubic km of water to...

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