animals and plants

100 threatened animals, plants face extinction by 2020


September 11th, 2012 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 11 (IANS) An international consortium of more than 8,000 scientists has called for urgent help to save Earth's 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi, the Daily Mail ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Marine life under threat from UV radiation


July 27th, 2012 - 4:43 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 27 (IANS) Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the latest threat to seas and oceans besides global warming and atmospheric carbon, is causing an alarming spike in deaths of marine animals ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Scaring grasshoppers could hit the whole of ecosystem


June 15th, 2012 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 15 (IANS) Grasshoppers, stressed by the fear of an attack by spiders, could harm our ecosystem dearly by consuming a greater quantity of carbohydrate-rich plants, similar to what ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Helicopter-borne poachers kill 22 elephants in Congo


April 25th, 2012 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 25 (IANS) In a brazen attack carried out by helicopter-borne poachers, a herd of 22 elephants were killed and their tusks and genitals hacked off at a national ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Sexual reproduction has genetic advantages


April 10th, 2012 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 10 (IANS) Courtship rituals can be a full-time activity, demanding time and effort, but now scientists have discovered why it might be worth it. Animals and plants which ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Clock gene prepares plants for spring bloom


March 12th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 12 (IANS) Insight into the body clock of plants reveals how they adjust to changing seasons, causing flowers to bloom in spring.University of Edinburgh researchers tested computer models ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Catching killer weeds easier with geographic profiling


February 12th, 2012 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 12 (IANS) Catching killer weeds and invasive species has just got easier with geographic profiling (GP), a statistical tool that tracks wanted criminals, a study reveals. A team ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Will evolution succumb to climate change?


June 9th, 2011 - 6:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 9 (IANS) Animals and plants may not be able to evolve their way out of the threat posed by climate change, says a study. Many species of animals, ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Women guides on jungle trails in Madhya Pradesh


May 31st, 2011 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS
Bhopal, May 31 (IANS) In a unique initiative, Madhya Pradesh plans to train and employ rural women as guides for tourists in the Kanha National Park in the state.Thanks to ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Self-cloning marine animals may help shed light on ageing process


April 21st, 2011 - 11:22 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 21 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Gothenburg believe that the key to delaying ageing in humans is held in marine animals that reproduce asexually by cloning.They have shown how ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Male, female parts in plants ‘talk in the same way as cells do in your brain’


March 18th, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 18 (ANI): For many years, biologist have observed regular oscillations in several parameters that control growth of pollen tubes, such as pH and calcium ions, but the actual molecular channels ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Stressed plants and animals ‘keys to better stock market predictions’


November 4th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 04 (ANI): A new study has revealed that stock markets react to crisis in a similar way to plants and the human body.An extensive analysis of biological and financial data ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

UN biodiversity summit ends with agreement (Roundup)


October 30th, 2010 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS
By Joydeep Gupta Nagoya (Japan), Oct 29 (IANS) The Oct 18-29 UN biodiversity summit ended here Friday with agreement over a strategic plan on how to protect animals and plants, how to provide ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Indian evening has global audience dancing


October 29th, 2010 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS
By Joydeep Gupta Nagoya (Japan), Oct 29 (IANS) India took over the final evening of the UN biodiversity summit here with a show of Bollywood and Bharatnatyam, plus a whiff of samosa, while ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

India facilitating global plan to save animals and plants


October 28th, 2010 - 10:12 am ICT by IANS
By Joydeep Gupta Nagoya (Japan), Oct 28 (IANS) The Oct 18-29 UN biodiversity summit Thursday appointed India as one of the facilitators in an attempt to reach a global deal that aims to ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Save 587 sites to save life, urge scientists


October 26th, 2010 - 11:28 pm ICT by IANS
By Joydeep Gupta Nagoya (Japan), Oct 26 (IANS) With animals and plants disappearing fast, scientists have made a plea to save 587 sites around the globe that are home to 920 species on ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Fertilizer chemicals harm reproductive functions of water organisms


August 28th, 2010 - 2:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 28 (ANI): North Carolina State University toxicologists have found that fertilizer chemicals pose danger to creatures that live in water.The NC State researchers show that water fleas take up nitrates ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Nature’s batteries’ could have been an energy source for early life


May 26th, 2010 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 26 (ANI): Researchers may have stumbled upon new clues to the origin of early life on Earth.The team at the University of Leeds found that a compound known as pyrophosphite ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Avatar’ Sequel Will Reveal The Oceans Of Pandora


April 22nd, 2010 - 7:47 pm ICT by GD
By Ranjan Bhaduri Apr 22, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Very few films manage to create a sensation worldwide and set records at the box office like the latest James Cameron flick 'Avatar' did. The movie ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Brazil vows to reduce uses of plastic bags


March 30th, 2010 - 8:07 am ICT by IANS
Sao Paulo, March 30 (IANS/EFE) Brazil has pledged to reduce the use of plastic bags in the country as part of its environment conservation campaign. Brazil expects to use 1.5 billion fewer plastic ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Humans driving extinction faster than new species can evolve


March 8th, 2010 - 2:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 8 (ANI): One of the world's experts on biodiversity has warned that humans are driving animals and plants to extinction faster than new species can evolve.According to a report in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Conserving and restoring moorlands can slow down climate change


March 7th, 2010 - 11:47 am ICT by ANI
Washington, March 7 (ANI): Scientists have stressed that conserving and restoring the moorlands is important because they are some of the rarest habitats in the world, home to extremely rare animals and ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Invasive alien species threaten Pacific region, says study


February 19th, 2010 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS
Suva (Fiji), Feb 19 (IANS) Fiji and other countries in the Pacific region are facing a serious threat from alien invasive species, the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP), an association of scientists ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Sea emerges as new source of superfoods


December 24th, 2009 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 24 (IANS) Foods that can fight obesity or cut down cardiac risks and chocolate that soothes are among a slew of superfoods sourced from the sea, its animals and plants. ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Ocean acidification could leave one billion hungry, says UK’s Environment Secretary


December 15th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 15 (ANI): Hilary Benn, Environment Secretary, UK Government, has warned at the ongoing Copenhagen climate conference that more than one billion people could suffer food shortages because of ocean acidification, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Climate change ‘devastates’ Galapagos


December 4th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec.4 (ANI): The coastal wildlife of the Galapagos Islands has been devastated by rising ocean temperatures due to global warming and human activity like fishing and tourism, Sky News has quoted ... Read more...

Posted in Sports |

Scientists identify new kind of flying reptile


October 14th, 2009 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) Researchers have identified a new type of flying reptile, providing the first clear evidence of an unusual and controversial type of evolution. Pterosaurs, flying reptiles, also known as pterodactyls, ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Mosses may provide new “compass” for stem cell research


September 30th, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 30 (ANI): Mosses can now act as a novel "compass" for scientists to better program stem cells for medical purposes, according to Israeli and German scientists.Dr. Nir Ohad of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists identify new species of gecko


September 25th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 25 (ANI): A new study has identified a new species of gecko, which was long misunderstood as another kind of gecko.The tiny pinkish-brown gecko, which scurries through rocky habitat on ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old Roman salthouse in England


September 21st, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 21 (ANI): Archaeological excavations at the planned 1.5 billion pounds port at Coryton, England, have revealed a 2,000-year-old Roman salthouse.According to the Echo, the site where the mine was found ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists discover key missing link in signaling pathway for plant steroid hormones


September 9th, 2009 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 9 (ANI): Researchers at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology have discovered a key missing link in the so-called signaling pathway for plant steroid hormones.Many important signaling pathways are ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Global warming threatens existence of tropical species


August 26th, 2009 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 26 (ANI): A new research has determined that global warming threatens the existence of tropical species, the ecosystem and its by-products.The research was done by herpetologist Laurie Vitt, curator ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Fusing of ancient microbes reveals new pathway for evolution of life on Earth


August 20th, 2009 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 20 (ANI): NASA-funded research has found that humans not might be walking on Earth today if not for the ancient fusing of two microscopic, single-celled organisms called prokaryotes 2.5 billion ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Tiny tots mark Friendship Day with animals and trees at Jamshedpur zoo


August 2nd, 2009 - 11:57 pm ICT by ANI
By Girija Shankar OjhaJamshedpur, Aug.2 (ANI): In a unique expression of love and friendship, many Kindergarten students tied ribbons as friendship bands to animals and trees at a Jamshedpur zoo to mark ... Read more...

Posted in Feature |

Australia and Pacific becoming ‘extinction hotspots’ for animals and plants


July 29th, 2009 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 29 (ANI): A new study has found that the Earth is in the throes of its "sixth great extinction event" and Australia and the Pacific are becoming the worst regions ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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