Monthly Archives: May 2010

India’s Hidden Beaches

Kalpeni The total length of the sand shoreline, which is mostly shaded by palms growing almost near the water, is more than 300 kilometres. Privacy here is not to be looked for, as since the beginning of 2002, the Karnataka … Continue reading

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Ecuador, Guatamala Volcanoes Blow

Thousands of people were evacuated and airports were closed as Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano and the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupted late on Friday. The eruptions choked major cities with ash and left two dead, officials said. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom … Continue reading

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Australia Hauls Japan into International Court Over Whaling

Australia will initiate legal action in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean, three Rudd government ministers announced . read here

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Bursting ‘Bubbles’ the Origin of Galactic Gas Clouds

Like bubbles bursting on the surface of a glass of champagne, ‘bubbles’ in our Galaxy burst and leave flecks of material in the form of clouds of hydrogen gas, researchers using CSIRO’s Parkes telescope have found.Their study explains the origin … Continue reading

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First Human Infected With a Computer Virus

A British researcher has successfully infected himself with a computer virus. Mark Gasson, senior research fellow at the University of Reading, was able to infect a tiny, radio frequency identification (RFID) chip with a virus before he placed it under … Continue reading

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New Star-Forming Regions in Milky Way

Astronomers studying the Milky Way have discovered a large number of previously-unknown regions where massive stars are being formed. Their discovery provides important new information about the structure of our home Galaxy and promises to yield new clues about the … Continue reading

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50 Places to Explore Outer Space Online

  Guest Post by Anna Miller Dear Readers ,Anna Miller has sent me this article by email to post it.As I found it useful, I am reproducing it here.Enjoy. One does not have to keep his or her head in … Continue reading

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Bacteria Can Make You Smarter

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior, according to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.”Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil … Continue reading

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China’s homegrown satellite navigation system Beidou to serve the world by 2020

China’s homegrown satellite navigation system Beidou is expected to cover the world by around 2020, the chief designer of the system Sun Jiadong said Wednesday.The Beidou System, also know as the Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS), is a global satellite … Continue reading

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Maps that changed the world

BE ON GUARD! 1921 The infant USSR was threatened with invasion, famine and social unrest. To counter this, brilliant designers such as Dimitri Moor were employed to create pro-Bolshevik propaganda.Using a map of European Russia and its neighbours, Moor’s image … Continue reading

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GIS-based monitoring of pollution in UP, India

BY the end of this year, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) will start with monitoring the pollution status of the industries across the state with the help of a Geographical Information System (GIS) being designed with the help … Continue reading

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57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt

Archeologists have unearthed 57 ancient Egyptian tombs, most of which hold an ornately painted wooden sarcophagus with a mummy inside, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said . The oldest tombs date back to around 2750 B.C. during the period of … Continue reading

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NASA Study Sheds Light on Ozone Hole Chemistry

A team of scientists led by Michelle Santee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., examined how nighttime temperatures affect chlorine monoxide, a key chemical involved in ozone destruction. Combining NASA satellite measurements with a state-of-the-art chemical model, they found … Continue reading

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Hubble Finds a Star Eating a Planet

The hottest known planet in the Milky Way galaxy may also be its shortest-lived world. The doomed planet is being eaten by its parent star, according to observations made by a new instrument on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic … Continue reading

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Creation of ‘Synthetic Cell’ may lead to New Types of Biofuels

J. Craig Venter, the genome pioneer, has created a “synthetic cell” by synthesizing a complete bacterial genome and using it to take over a cell. Venter’s breakthrough, reported in the online edition of Science, represents a preliminary step toward the … Continue reading

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Toothy Tree-Swinger May Be Earliest Human

The new human Homo gautengensis, a toothy, plant-chomping, literal tree swinger that was just named the world’s earliest recognized species of human , described in a paper accepted for publication in HOMO-Journal of Comparative Human Biology, emerged over 2 million … Continue reading

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South Asian Nations Unite to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife experts from seven nations across South Asia have laid the foundation for a South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network that will serve as a coordinated regional response to illegal poaching and trafficking of such species as tigers, leopards and bears. … Continue reading

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The Warm Ocean

The Oceans appear to be warming up a bit. The upper layer of Earth’s ocean has warmed since 1993, indicating a strong climate change signal, according to a new international study co-authored by oceanographer Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion … Continue reading

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Earth’s Mantle in Overdrive Under Alaska

A new 3-D model of the mega-quake and tsunami-launching subduction zone in Alaska has uncovered a big surprise: The Earth’s mantle there is moving a whopping 20 to 30 times faster than the crust. So instead of being dragged along … Continue reading

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Arctic team reports unusual conditions near Pole

A group of British explorers  back from a 60-day trip to the North Pole said  they had encountered unusual conditions, including ice sheets that drifted far faster than they had expected.The three-member team walked across the frozen Arctic Ocean to … Continue reading

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Hong Kong University tops in research output

India: According to a survey, Science Citations Index (SCI) Journal Publications and Citations 2002-2009 by Thomson Reuters, Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is at the top position with 784 citations. The university has the … Continue reading

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Malaria risk prediction in Afghanistan using remote sensing

Malaria is a significant public health concern in Afghanistan. Currently, approximately 60% of the population, or nearly 14 million people, live in a malaria-endemic area. Afghanistan’s diverse landscape and terrain contributes to the heterogeneous malaria prevalence across the country. According … Continue reading

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Rivers: From Source to Sea

Rivers provide us with food, energy, recreation, transportation routes, and of course water for irrigation and for drinking. But where do they start and where do they end? Rivers begin in mountains or hills, where rain water or snowmelt collects … Continue reading

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First Hole in North Pole Ice Drilled by Explorers

A group of Arctic explorers has made the grueling journey to the North Pole and drilled a hole in the ice to take the first ever sample of ocean water at the pole in an effort to better understand the … Continue reading

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Flash Floods

Typically, flash floods occur primarily at night and when there is an abundance of atmospheric moisture; in addition, there is usually little, if any, vertical wind shear present. Flash flooding can be produced by large, slow-moving storms or as a … Continue reading

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Shrinking of Rivers Tigris and Euphrates leads to Iraq’s Drinking Water Drying Up

Clean drinking water is an increasingly scarce resource for millions of people in Iraq, according to a new report  by the International Committee of the Red Cross.The Tigris and the Euphrates rivers, which supply most of Iraq’s drinking water, are … Continue reading

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Neural Evidence for Sudden Insight Found

Our daily lives are filled with changes that force us to abandon old behavioral strategies that are no longer advantageous and develop new, more appropriate responses. While it is clear that new rules are often deduced through trial-and-error learning, the … Continue reading

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For Space Shuttle Atlantis, The End Is Here

One last flight is planned for each of NASA’s three space shuttles, beginning with Atlantis, which is poised for liftoff on Friday (May 14, 2010) for a 12-day mission to deliver a Russian docking compartment to the International Space Station. … Continue reading

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Most Distant Galaxy Cluster Revealed by Invisible Light

Clusters of galaxies are the largest building blocks in the universe. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of the Virgo cluster, comprising some 1000-2000 galaxies. By observing galaxies and clusters that are very distant from Earth, astronomers can look … Continue reading

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Coca Cola is Not Showing Responsible Behavior In India

Interestingly some multinationals behave differently in different parts of the world. Coca-Cola is not alone. I have found an article about this by The New Ecologist.I am reproducing it here. Read and think. Coca-Cola is usually a company that makes … Continue reading

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Now, a daily shot of Otelixizumab can halt diabetes in 6 days

It comes as a new hope for people with type-1 diabetes, fed up of taking lifelong insulin shots in their abdomen and thighs. In what is being termed as a major breakthrough, scientists are clinically trying a new drug which … Continue reading

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Environmental Refugees

When major disasters hit or if sea levels rise drastically, millions of people are displaced and left without homes, food, or resources of any kind. These people are left to seek new homes and livelihoods, yet they are not offered … Continue reading

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Coral and Global Warming: Diversity in Some Coral Populations May Affect Their Survival

An international team of marine biologists has found that existing diversity in some coral populations may significantly influence their response to extreme temperature disturbances — such as those predicted from climate warming. The team demonstrated that natural selection acting on … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Mountain Building affects Mammal Diversity Patterns

If you travel from the tropics to the poles,  you’ll notice that the diversity of mammals declines with distance from the equator. Move from lowland to mountains, and you’ll see diversity increase as the landscape becomes more varied. Ecologists have … Continue reading

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Amazing Image of Icelandic Volcano Ash

The ash-cloud image, taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite shows a thick plume of ash blowing east and then south from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Clouds bracket the edges of the scene, but the dark … Continue reading

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Intelligent robot porter system using LiDAR

Researchers from Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are creating autonomous robots that use LiDAR in a new way. Rather than having a robot simply follow a one-step process of LiDAR measurement, the new process has two steps.The first step is … Continue reading

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Neanderthals, Humans Interbred, DNA Proves

Most of us are part Neanderthal. The first draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome has provided the strongest evidence yet that modern humans and Neanderthals interbred and that all non-Africans today have Neanderthal gene fragments in their genetic codes. Click … Continue reading

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World’s Most Beautiful Islands

Hawaii Hawaii is the only US state made up of islands. It occupies most area of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii’s natural beauty, warm tropical climate, inviting waters and waves, and active volcanoes make it a popular … Continue reading

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This might be Noah’s Ark!

 This picture released by the evangelical group claims to show one of the explorers examining part of a structure which they claim might prove the existence of Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat. There are no external images of the … Continue reading

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World Fails to Slow Loss of Animals, Plants

World leaders have failed to fulfill their commitments to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen “alarming” biodiversity declines, finds the first assessment of how the targets expressed in the 2002 Convention on Biological … Continue reading

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Current Could Push Oil Spill Up East Coast

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to strike the Louisiana coastline , and officials are bracing for impacts to shorebirds, turtles, shellfish and other endangered wildlife. But many ocean scientists are now raising concerns that a powerful current … Continue reading

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World’s first coral reef atlas published

The coral reefs of the Central Indian Ocean have now been quantified and mapped in the world’s first coral reef atlas, prepared by the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad. The atlas, called the ‘Coral Reef Atlas of the World’, also … Continue reading

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Russia and Norway Reach Accord on Arctic Border

The leaders of Russia and Norway resolved a 40-year-old dispute over dividing the Barents Sea and part of the Arctic Ocean into clear economic zones extending to the edge of Europe’s northern continental shelf. The agreement could herald oil and … Continue reading

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Endangered Sea Turtles at Risk from Gulf Oil Spill

Endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be affected by the oil spilling from the broken Deepwater Horizon wellhead during their peak migration to nesting beaches, warn scientists and conservation workers who have invested … Continue reading

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Earthlings, you are not alone,there is Life on Mars

Earthlings, you are not alone. Scientists from Nasa have reportedly found “compelling” new evidence of life on Mars. A special mission to the Red Planet has revealed the presence of a form of pond scum — the building blocks of … Continue reading

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Animal Clean-Up After Oil Spill

When it comes to organizing efforts to rescue wildlife affected by oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico that made landfall in Louisiana late Thursday, timing is everything. The first step is to search for, and collect, … Continue reading

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