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Woman arrested for carrying Rare Turtles

Police arrests a woman carrying turtles in the capital to sell them off in east east Delhi's Anand Vihar area. 123 turtles were recovered from her possession, belonging to an endangered species. A probe is on to nab other members of the racket, police said. Omawati, a resident of Etawah, was seen carrying 6 bags by a police team patrolling...

Scientists identify four drunk personality types

Do you know which type of drunk you are - a menacing Mr Hyde or a friendly Mary Poppins? Psychologists have found that people turn into one of four character types when drunk. These include the Ernest Hemingway who is barely affected by excessive alcohol; the Mary Poppins who is friendly and compassionate and the Nutty Professor who is transformed from...

Pluto may have traces of life: Brian Cox

According to an UK physicist, Brian Cox, Pluto’s subsurface ocean warms enough to sustain life. Pluto’s surface mainly consists of vast frozen mountains which cannot sustain any life, but the oceans beneath can be warm enough to host life, cox stated. The physicist said, “The New Horizons probe showed you that there may well be a subsurface ocean on Pluto, which...

Extinction of herbivorous may lead to ‘empty landscape’

According to a newly published study, the decline of the world’s large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an “empty landscape” in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Oregon State University scientists say population of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in...

Red giant stars ‘chemical clock’ was off

A team of astrophysicists, led by Cristina Chiappini discovered a group of red giant stars for which the 'chemical clock' does not work.The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam study found that according to their chemical signature, these stars should be old, but instead, they appear to be young when their ages are inferred using asteroseismology. The team explained in the...

Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle can be passed down to future generations: Study

Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle can be passed down to future generations: Study
According to a study, published in the journal Cell, the genetic faults, which caused by trauma or poor lifestyle can be passed down to future generations. The study shows that DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations. The study was made by the scientists at the University of Cambridge. Previously, large studies have shown that devastating events such as famine can...

NASA: Scientists released images of Pluto

The long-awaited images were unveiled on July 15 in Maryland, home to mission operations for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. A zoom-in of Pluto reveals an icy range about as high as the Rockies. To the scientists' great surprise, there are no impact craters. On Charon, deep troughs and canyons can be seen. The images were collected as New Horizons swept within...

Government should take serious actions to tackle global warming: OECD

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Governments need to significantly accelerate their efforts and strengthen their climate change policies.  Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Progress examines the 34 OECD members plus Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and South Africa, and the EU bloc, which together account for more than 80% of...

Volcano Erupts in Japan, the Pacific “Ring of Fire”

A volcano on the remote southern-Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted in spectacular fashion on Friday, spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky. Authorities told people on the island to evacuate. Authorities have started evacuating the island and airlines have been asked to re-route flights. One person was reported to have suffered minor...

New ‘most distant’ galaxy in the universe

Peering through the voids of space is a lot like time travelling: the deeper we gaze into aseemingly endless Universe, the further back in time we can see. Now, a team of researchers led by astronomers from Yale University and UC Santa Cruz have announced that they've discovered the most distant galaxy to date. In fact, the galaxy, known...

Mysore: 103rd Indian Science Congress to begin next year

The vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore announced today that the 103rd edition of Indian Science Congress, the country's largest science event, will be held here from January 3-7, 2016. The five-day science event will include Pride of India expo, plenary sessions, Hall of Pride, ISCA awards, genesis symposium, vision talks, women and children science congress, Vigyan Jyot,  young scientist's award, science communicators' meet...

Asiatic lion census ends, officials expect a rise in population

The four-day census of Asiatic lions in the Gir sanctuary finally got over Tuesday afternoon with more than 2,200 forest staffers, officers and volunteers completing field trips in an area spread over 22,000 square kilometres .After the first round officials expect a rise in the population of big cats. The numbers would be announced by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on May 10...

Harlequin ladybird declared as UK’s fastest invading species

Harlequin ladybird declared as UK’s fastest invading species
The Harlequin ladybird has been declared as United Kingdom's fastest invading species. The ladybird eats native species and it has reached every corner of the UK. The harlequin ladybird has now been declared the UK’s fastest invading species. It preys on seven native ladybirds, including the native two-spot, which has slumped 44 per cent. After first arriving in the UK in Essex in...

Climate Change: Global warming ‘tipping points’ Discovered

A group of scientists has recognized potential 'tipping points' where rapid regional climate change due to global warming could generate a natural disaster. The scientists analyzed the climate model simulations on which the recent 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports is based. They found data of 41 cases of regional abrupt changes in the ocean, sea ice, snow cover,...