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LiDAR laser technology discovers Roman gold mines in Spain

London, Nov 21 (IANS) With the help of a laser system called the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology that is attached to an aircraft, archaeologists discovered a vast gold mining network created by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago in Spain. Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria river valley, in Leon, the researchers also unearthed the complex hydraulics system ...

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Northeast's traditional environmental knowledge important: Expert

Kolkata, Nov 20 (IANS) The traditional environmental knowledge from India's northeast and northern regions, particularly the Himalayas, integrated with modern science is important for battling climate change, suggested Nobel laureate Betsy Weatherhead here Thursday. Weatherhead, an American environmental scientist with a background in ozone depletion and climate change, shared the 2007 N...

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China vows to boost capacity to explore polar regions

Beijing, Nov 20 (IANS) China has vowed to strengthen its capacity to undertake polar region expeditions, following President Xi Jinping's visit to a Chinese icebreaker in Australia. Xi boarded the icebreaker called Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, and while on the vessel, visited an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of China's polar expeditions, Xinhua reported Wednesday. He also s...

3 days ago
Russia seeks Google's help for underwater map of Arctic shelf

Moscow, Nov 18 (IANS/TASS) The Russian government Tuesday invited US internet search giant Google to create an underwater map of the Arctic shelf. Russia's ministry of natural resources said it was discussing with Google a joint project on creating a panoramic map of the Arctic shelf. We have held a meeting with the representatives of Google ... We offered them to think about one...

7 days ago
New Zealand, Germany to boost trade ties

Wellington, Nov 14 (IANS) New Zealand and German leaders Friday agreed to support efforts to increase mutual trade and investment during German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Auckland. Merkel and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key released a joint statement after their meeting, Xinhua reported. The statement said they welcomed the commitment in the European Union (EU) New ...

11 days ago
31 endangered species added to UN protection list

Quito, Nov 10 (IANS/EFE) The 11th Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has ended in Quito with a decision to include 31 endangered species in its list, the executive secretary of the convention, Bradnee Chambers, said. The convention, which falls under the aegis of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), began last week with the presence of around 700 delega...

11 days ago
New database on plants to spur global research

Dublin, Nov 10 (IANS) In a move that may help scientists preserve plants better, botanists at Trinity College, Dublin have launched a database with information for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. With climate change and growing human population rapidly re-shaping plant distributions, the database called COMPADRE Plant Matrix, will foster collaborations between scientists, said...

12 days ago
Penguin-bot to study flightless birds

London, Nov 9 (IANS) French researchers have developed a baby penguin robot to get up close and personal with penguins and study their behaviour. The team from the University of Strasbourg tried about five different versions of the robots until they found the right one to study penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica. It was covered in grey fur, sported black arms, a painted black-an...

16 days ago
Ancient women manipulated male behaviour to survive wars

Washington, Nov 5 (IANS) We have gone through studies that focus on the problems warfare poses for men and how they shaped human male cognition. Now, a novel study based on traditional stories from across the world highlights how wars have affected women. According to researchers, ancestral women developed certain strategies to increase their odds of survival and their ability to manage ...

19 days ago
Meeting most of the world - Modi government's foreign policy overdrive

New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS) Barring most of the African Union countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have met leaders of most countries of the world by the end of December 2014, pointing to the heightened stress on foreign policy by the new Indian government that took power on May 26. Modi, who set off a foreign policy buzz with invites to eight South Asian neighbours, including Pakist...

20 days ago
Russia invites India to jointly develop hydrocarbon projects

Moscow, Nov 1 (IANS/TASS) Indian companies will be able to participate in development and production of hydrocarbons in the Arctic and in East Siberia, Russia's Deputy Minister of Energy Yuri Senutin told TASS news agency Saturday. The high-ranking official participated in a meeting of a Russia-India working group on energy and energy effectiveness. For the first time ever we hav...

20 days ago
Tectonic event led to burst of animal life during Cambrian Age

New York, Nov 1 (IANS) A major tectonic event may have triggered the rise in sea level and other environmental changes that led to the Cambrian explosion, the sudden burst of animal life 530 million years ago, showed a research. The new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the Cambrian explosion that has puzzled scientists since the time of Charles Darwin. Th...

21 days ago
Antarctic ozone hole stands steady: Scientists

Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The Antarctic ozone hole has reached its annual peak size and holds steady, say scientists, trying to determine if the ozone hole trend over the last decade is a result of temperature increases or chorine declines. The size of this year's hole was 24.1 million sq km - an area roughly the size of North America. The single-day maximum area was similar to t...

22 days ago
Russia to ask UN to agree to Arctic borders expansion

Moscow, Oct 30 (IANS/EFE) Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergey Donskoy, said Wednesday that his country intends to ask the UN to allow Russia to expand its land borders in the northern Arctic region in 2015. The request will be presented to the UN in the spring of next year, as we have plans to expand Russian borders in the Arctic region, Xinhua quoted the minis...

22 days ago
India to acquire polar research vessel

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Giving a boost to India's scientific research, the government Wednesday approved the acquisition of a polar research vessel for Rs.10.51 billion. The approval was given by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official release said here. The vehicle, which is an ice-breaker and research-cum-supp...

23 days ago
Russia to have full radar coverage of the Arctic

Moscow, Oct 29 (IANS/TASS) Russia will have full radar coverage of the Arctic by the end of this year as part of its plan to expand military presence in the region, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday. The minister said Russia was expanding military presence in the Arctic region, building infrastructure on its islands. He told a session of the defense ministry's P...

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Geological discovery raises questions on continent formation

Sydney, Oct 27 (IANS/EFE) The discovery of fragments of Australia in the subsoil of the volcanic Vanuatu island in the South Pacific raises new questions on how continents are formed, an Australian university said Monday. A study by the James Cook University has found tiny crystals of zircon belonging to Australia in the subsoil dating back to up to three billion years that shouldn't be ...

27 days ago
Ocean circulation: a major factor in climate change

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) It isn't just the atmosphere, but the circulation of the oceans plays an equally important role in regulating the Earth's climate, new research shows. The study revealed that the cooling of Earth and continental ice build-up in the Northern Hemisphere 2.7 million years ago coincided with a shift in the circulation of the ocean - which pulls in heat and carbon di...

1 month ago
Five-year-old Indian treks up to Everest base camp

Patna, Oct 22 (IANS) The parents of five-year-old Harshit Saumitra, the youngest climber to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, are trying to register their son's name in thed Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records. We will try to get Harshit Saumitra's name in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climber to reach the base camp o...

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Antarctic ice yields century-old notebook of early explorer

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) The summer thaw in Antarctica has revealed a century-old notebook from one of the frozen continent's early European explorers, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust announced Monday. The trust's conservation specialists found the notebook outside British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's expedition base at Cape Evans, Xinhua reported citing the trust. Th...

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