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‘System needed to prevent zoonotic diseases in South Asia’


August 4th, 2012 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Countries in South Asia need to put in place systems and processes to help prevent the trans-border spread of zoonotic diseases, that are transmitted from ... Read more...

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‘Loss of biodiversity rivals climate change impact’


May 3rd, 2012 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 3 (IANS) Loss of biodiversity seems to affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, says a new study.The study is ... Read more...

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Plastic from synthetic clothes threaten food chain


January 29th, 2012 - 10:26 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 29 (IANS) Microscopic plastic debris that are released from washing synthetic clothes are accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Chandigarh’s mango growers in a pickle


January 22nd, 2012 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Jan 22 (IANS) The early flowering of mango trees in and around Chandigarh has left the growers worried, with horticulturists saying it could indicate an impending poor yield this ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Tips to boost tiger numbers ignored, says ecologist


July 19th, 2011 - 6:39 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, July 19 (IANS) Key recommendations of a task force appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boost tiger numbers have not been implemented, environmentalist Madhav Gadgil, a ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Green nod for several Goa mines faulty, says ecologist


April 4th, 2011 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, April 4 (IANS) Several iron and manganese ore mines in Goa are operating after getting clearances on the basis of faulty environment impact assessment (EIA) reports, an ecologist and ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Loch Ness monster seen in British lake?


February 18th, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 18 (IANS) The legendary Loch Ness monster -- a dinosaur-like creature with a cluster of humps on its back -- has reportedly been seen in a lake in Britain.The terrifying ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Vikings used glowing ’sunstone’ to navigate on cloudy days


January 31st, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 31 (ANI): The 'magical' stories about the glowing 'sunstone' that, when held up to the sky, revealed the position of the Sun even on a cloudy day, may all be ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Dead birds falling from sky ‘is not the end of nature’


January 7th, 2011 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 7 (ANI): The recent spate of incidents where in one case, 500 red-wing blackbirds died together in Louisiana and in another, 100 jackdaws turned up dead on a street in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Listening to birdsong may help beat the winter blues


December 21st, 2010 - 11:47 am ICT by ANI
London, Dec 21 (ANI): Scientists have suggested that spending five minutes a day listening to birdsong may help beat the winter blues.The National Trust has compiled recordings of birdsong to remind those ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Some snails evolved ‘counter-coil’ to evade predators’ uneven bite


December 8th, 2010 - 6:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 8 (ANI): Evolutionary benefit often makes for show-stopping stuff - for instance, a cheetah's speed or a moth's almost perfect mimicry of tree bark. In case of some snails, it's ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Exposure to mercury pollution causes homosexuality in birds


December 1st, 2010 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 1 (ANI): A new study by US scientists has revealed that exposure to mercury pollution could be hitting some wild birds' reproductive prospects hard by causing males to pair with ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Novel discovery boosts chances of finding aliens: NASA


December 1st, 2010 - 1:22 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 1 (ANI): NASA scientists have made a major discovery that could boost the chance of finding extraterrestrial life on other worlds.They have found microbes in a deadly poisonous arsenic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

To save world’s tigers, save their preys: Scientists


November 24th, 2010 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 24 (ANI): In order to save tigers from extinction, their preys need to be protected, say scientists.Chris Carbone of the Institute of Zoology in London pulled together population data for ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why some people get sicker than others when exposed to same illness


October 31st, 2010 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): A new study conducted on a population of wild sheep located on a remote island off the coast of Scotland that gauged the animals' susceptibility to infection may ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Adultery sites reveal secrets of human nature


October 31st, 2010 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): For all those who think the adultery website AshleyMadison.com is good only for two-timers, think again - it can reveal our true nature too, according to a new ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Climate change may result in tipping point for populations, not just species


October 21st, 2010 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 21 (ANI): Researchers have indicated that as the Earth's climate gets warmer, species are expected to shift their geographical ranges away from the equator or to higher elevations."This study illustrates ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Move it or lose it’ ultimatum for species conservation


October 2nd, 2010 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 1 (ANI): Experts have said that climate change is forcing a 'move it or lose it' approach to species conservation.Managed relocation (MR) is literally the physical relocation of endangered or ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ant communities have suicide bombers too!


July 14th, 2010 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 14 (ANI): Self-bombing terrorists don't just exist among humans, as ants too commit suicide in a very dramatic way while taking others out with them, according to an ecologist.In a ... Read more...

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Female toads ‘grow fat’ to thwart unwanted mates!


July 11th, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 11 (ANI): A new study has revealed that female toads can thwart unwanted suitors by simply inflating their bodies.The female toad, when grasped by its unwanted male counterpart, inflates ... Read more...

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Parents who devote less time to offspring more prone to homosexuality


July 10th, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 10 (ANI): Birds that devote less time to their offspring engage in more same-sex behaviour, according to a new study.The results of the study offer a possible explanation for the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Inflatable Female Toads Throw Off Unwanted Males


July 9th, 2010 - 7:39 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
July 9, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): In a bizarre biological find, researchers from Australia have revealed that the female toad can thwart her unwanted suitors by simply inflating their ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Plants too show intelligence in capturing nutrients


June 26th, 2010 - 6:18 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, June 26 (IANS) Researchers have discovered that a plant's strategy to capture nutrients in the soil is the outcome of integrating different types of information. University of Alberta ecologist J.C. Cahill says ... Read more...

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Chimpanzees kill for territory


June 22nd, 2010 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 22 (IANS) Bands of chimpanzees violently kill others from rival groups in a bid to expand their own territory, says a new research which provides the first definitive evidence for ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

IPCC chief Pachauri welcomes debate on climate science


June 16th, 2010 - 12:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 16 (ANI): The chairman of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has said that he welcomes "the development of a vigorous debate" on climate science.In an ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Seals use whiskers to track faraway fish


June 12th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): A team of German scientists have found that harbour seals can track passing miniature submarines from 130 feet away by using their extraordinarily sensitive whiskers to follow the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Urbanisation, global trade stripping forest cover


February 10th, 2010 - 3:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) The growth of cities and global trade has led to extensive tropical deforestation, according to a new study. Ruth DeFries, professor at the Earth Institute's Centre for Environmental ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mum’s care sometimes knows no bounds - literally


January 31st, 2010 - 4:14 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 31 (ANI): A new study on crickets and spiders has shown that a mother's care sometimes knows no boundaries.Jonathan Storm, a behavioural ecologist now at the University of South Carolina ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Mountain plants unable to withstand invasion by exotic species


January 22nd, 2010 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): A recent study by an international research team has revealed that mountain plant communities are not particularly resistant to invasion by exotic species.In 2005, scientists from various ... Read more...

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Rare sighting of brown-and-white panda may point towards inbreeding


January 19th, 2010 - 6:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 19 (ANI): The recent sighting of an extremely rare giant panda with brown and white fur is raising fears that the species may be suffering from inbreeding.In November 2009, a ... Read more...

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Uneven local conditions more harmful to biodiversity than slower shifts in climate


January 16th, 2010 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 16 (ANI): A new study has found that an increase in the variability of local conditions could do more to harm biodiversity than slower shifts in climate.Although extreme weather would ... Read more...

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Global warming indigestion may push gorillas, monkeys to extinction


January 13th, 2010 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 13 (ANI): Global warming-induced indigestion could threaten the existence of mountain gorillas and other leaf-eating primates, suggests a new study.Experts predicted that the annual temperatures are expected to rise ... Read more...

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Hopes revive for saving Tasmanian devil from extinction


January 1st, 2010 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 1 (DPA) Hopes were renewed Friday that the Tasmanian devil could be saved from extinction after Australian researchers picked the genetics of the deadly facial tumours afflicting the world's largest ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Glacial retreat paper contradicts its own data: Vandana Shiva


November 17th, 2009 - 10:12 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) Ecologist Vandana Shiva Tuesday criticised a discussion paper on Himalayan glaciers released by the environment ministry last week, as its conclusions contradict the data mentioned in the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Chinese dam may be a methane menace


September 30th, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 30 (ANI): A new research by scientists has found that a particular dam in China could be producing tonnes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.According to a report in Nature ... Read more...

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