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Earth Formed More Quickly than Previously Thought

Researchers from Israel, the U.S. and Japan are  saying that the nuclear clock used to measure the age of the solar system has been “ticking faster” than previously thought and that the Earth formed much more quickly than originally believed.Paul … Continue reading

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Latest:Evidence of Water Flows Found at Mars

Evidence of ancient water is found byMars Exploration Rover Opportunity, according to a paper published in the May 4 edition of the journal Science entitled, “Ancient Impact and Aqueous Processes at Endeavour Crater, Mars.” The latest discovery was made at the rim … Continue reading

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Spiral Lava Flow On Mars!!

High-resolution photos of lava flows on Mars show coiling spiral patterns  resembling snail or nautilus shells. The discovery, made by Arizona State University graduate student Andrew Ryan, was published in a paper published April 27, 2012, in the scientific journal Science.The new discovery is the … Continue reading

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India stands tall today: Agni 5 launch

 5,000 km range Agni 5 missile was launched from a test range at Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha at 8.07 am. It took 15 minutes to reach its target in Southern Indian Ocean. Agni-V is a solid fueled intercontinental ballistic … Continue reading

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Alpine Rail Tunnel Sparks Protests

It is a project of epic dimensions and it has been blocked for almost 20 years by a protest of epic tenacity and occasional violence.Italian plans for a 56-kilometre rail link under the Alps, four miles longer than the Channel tunnel … Continue reading

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Too many mangroves is not a good thing :In Dubai, Camels will work to control Them

Too many mangroves is not a good thing —  not at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai, where they were introduced in 1990. So an ecologist at Dubai’s Wildlife Protection office has proposed using camels to trim back … Continue reading

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Dark Energy triggered expansion of Universe six billion years ago:A 3D Map by Astronomers

What is Dark Energy? More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important … Continue reading

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Good News:End of the Earth Postponed

It’s a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan “Long Count” calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with … Continue reading

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Is Extreme Weather Linked to Global Warming?

The past decade has been one of unprecedented weather extremes. Scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany argue that the high incidence of extremes is not merely accidental. From the many single events a pattern … Continue reading

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Inaccuracy of GPS : A tool to predict quake

GPS users often complain about some inaccuracy in the device. A researcher at the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat, India, turned that inaccuracy into a tool to predict earthquakes. The researcher, Sheetal Karia, supported her findings by … Continue reading

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Urban sprawl: India’s slumming ‘n’ shining

Even as the glitz quotient goes up in the cities, with the number of shopping malls and multiplexes rapidly increasing, there is a less glamorous, but faster, growth of urban slums. Today, one in every seven city dwellers lives in … Continue reading

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Bacteria Use Sibling LikeTouch to Communicate:New Study

What if bacteria could talk to each other? What if they had a sense of touch? A new study by researchers at UC Santa Barbara suggests both, and theorizes that such cells may, in fact, need to communicate in order to … Continue reading

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High Productivity Farms Could be Better for Environment than Organic Farms

Inspite all buzz for orhganic farms,new research finds that farms that aim for high food production using environmentally-friendly practices could be better for the environment than both organic and conventional farms. A new study, led by Oxford University scientists    found that … Continue reading

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Possible Global Warming Solution:An Artificial Volcano Can Cool the Planet by Dimming the Sun

Dimming the sun by engineering the effects of an artificial volcano is a feasible and potentially cost-effective option to reduce temperatures on Earth, the first major study of the practicality of planetary-scale solar radiation management (SRM) concludes.The authors, US aerospace company … Continue reading

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2011 Ninth Warmest Year on Record

The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA .NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures on an ongoing basis, released an  analysis that shows … Continue reading

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Issues,Priorities and Challenges for Indian Agriculture:A Worldbank View

While agriculture’s share in India’s economy has progressively declined to 18% due to the high growth rates of the industrial and services sectors, the sector’s importance in India’s economic and social fabric goes well beyond this indicator. First, nearly three-quarters … Continue reading

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‘No evidence’ of links between Pacific earthquakes

Scientists have quelled fears that a series of highly destructive large-scale earthquakes in the past few years, in countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, signal an increased global risk of these deadly events. A new study suggests that the pattern of … Continue reading

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New Study Link Earthquakes and Tropical Cyclones

Roadway in Leogane, Haiti. (Credit: Estelle Chaussard,Science Daily) A groundbreaking study led by University of Miami (UM) scientist Shimon Wdowinski shows that earthquakes, including the recent 2010 temblors in Haiti and Taiwan, may be triggered by tropical cyclones (hurricanes and … Continue reading

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India’s Green Revolution Over?

Farmers in the village of Chotia Khurd in northern India don’t realize it, but they symbolize a growing problem that could become a global crisis. They gathered on a recent morning in a stone-paved courtyard — a circle of Sikhs … Continue reading

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Study Debunks Myths About Gender and Math Performance

ScienceDaily (Dec. 12, 2011) — A major study of recent international data on school mathematics performance casts doubt on some common assumptions about gender and math achievement — in particular, the idea that girls and women have less ability due … Continue reading

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Fracking can cause Earthquakes!!!

Given that the geological structures found beneath the ground are the result of dynamic processes and not of intentional design, they are not always as stable as they could possibly be. In some cases, the disturbance caused by the injection … Continue reading

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The Lights of Cities of Aliens

Light pollution is not something to be terribly happy about. Researchers from Princeton and Harvard universities now suggest a seemingly more straightforward method to see who is out there by seeing who’s left the light on. Edwin Turner, a professor … Continue reading

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Natural Compound Helps Reverse Diabetes in Mice

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have restored normal blood sugar metabolism in diabetic mice using a compound the body makes naturally. The finding suggests that it may one day be possible for people to take … Continue reading

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New Understanding of Animal Communication at Oceans by Miami Scientists

Understanding animal communication has long been a fascinating and vast area of research for those who dare to welcome the challenge. Some species use body language to express their message while others use calls and loud noises. In fact, some … Continue reading

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Water Flowing On Mars

Observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during late spring through summer, fade in winter, and return during the next spring. … Continue reading

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Handicapped student refused in Geography Course

Dear Readers I found this news on net and was very dissapointed as a teacher of Geography.I hereby invite your comments on this shocking act by a premier university of India. Manish Arora, 18, has one dream – to be … Continue reading

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Spatial data should be integrated:NATMO

There should be an agency in India to bring all spatial data like census maps, wetland maps, geological maps, etc together. It is important to deal with emerging threats like terrorism, observed Dr. Prithvish Nag, Director, National Atlas and Thematic … Continue reading

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Indian Wetlands Under Threat

Wetlands are defined as transitional  between terrestrial and aquatic eco-systems where the water table is usually at or near the surface or  the land is covered by shallow water . Wetlands have been categorized both as biomes and ecosystems. A patch … Continue reading

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Surprising Findings about Japan’s 9.0 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake

Magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake and resulting tsunami struck off the northeast coast of Japan on March 11  caused widespread destruction and death. Using observations from a dense regional geodetic network (allowing measurements of earth movement to be gathered from GPS … Continue reading

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Indian Scientists at Hyderabad and AMU Deny the Existence of Higgs Boson

Indian scientists, B. G. Sidharth, Director of the B. M. Birla Science Centre at Hyderabad, and Syed Afsar Abbas, Professor at the Physics Department of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), have denied the possibility of existence of Higgs boson, also known … Continue reading

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Urban Sprawl is Finished:Rising Oil Prices Will Turn Suburbs into Remote Slums

Many predict oil prices to start rising in just a few years. Even the US military says that we could start seeing massive shortages of oil as soon as 2015. Such shortages would not only effect the products we buy … Continue reading

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Is Pluto a Comet with a Poisonous Atmosphere?

Pluto may no longer have official planetary status, but the dwarf planet does have an atmosphere. In fact, it’s the onlydwarf planet with a known atmosphere. What’s more, it has just been announced that its atmosphere reaches nearly one quarter of the … Continue reading

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Zero Population Growth and Environment

Malthus’s Essay on Population, published in 1798, still plays a role in environmental policymaking. The discrepancy between rates of human population growth and agricultural productivity lies at the heart of Malthusianism. One dynamic leads to ever-increasing population; the other to … Continue reading

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Japanese once-in-a-millennium earthquake tilted the world’s axis by 25cm

The earthquake that struck Japan on Friday was so powerful that it actually moved the whole planet by 25cm, experts say.According to Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology the 9.0 magnitude ‘quake was so powerful it shifted the axis … Continue reading

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Sixth Mass Extinction: Is It Coming?

With the steep decline in populations of many animal species, scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that have occurred just five times during the past 540 million years. Each of these … Continue reading

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Islamic Leaders Preach Conservation in Sumatra, Indonesia

Do religious texts mandate respect for the earth and other species? Holy Koran does. In Indonesia, the country with the highest rate of deforestation and some of the most diverse habitat in the world, many Islamic leaders believe religion is … Continue reading

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Evolution Driving Ecology?

Ecology drives evolution. In the Jan 28 issue of the journal Science, UC Davis expert Thomas Schoener describes growing evidence that the reverse is also true, and explores what that might mean to our understanding of how environmental change affects species … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Man Drew Maps on The Roof of Cave

A team of researchers from Bangalore have unearthed maps in Karnataka that date back to 1500-2000 BC.The team from the Archaeological Survey of India has found the proto-historic man, who had inhabited the region around Tungabhadra river near Hampi, had … Continue reading

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Growth and Development cames at a Huge Cost:A Case Study of Chandrapur,India

Growth and development in the form of industrialisation, urbanisation, power production and coal mining may have brought Chandrapur into the list of developing cities, but like other evolving cities, this growth has come at a huge cost. Not only has … Continue reading

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Overdependence on GPS Units Cause Memory and Spatial Problems

McGill University researchers conducted a series of three studies which magnify the effects GPS systems have on the human brain, and found that avid GPS users have a higher risk of suffering from problems with memory and spatial orientation. Veronique … Continue reading

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Early Universe Was a Liquid

In an experiment to collide lead nuclei together at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider physicists from the ALICE detector team including researchers from the University of Birmingham have discovered that the very early Universe was not only very hot and dense … Continue reading

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Snowball Earth was Trigger for Early Animal Evolution

A team of scientists, led by biogeochemists at the University of California, Riverside, has found new evidence linking “Snowball Earth” glacial events to the rise of early animals.The controversial Snowball Earth hypothesis posits that the Earth was covered from pole … Continue reading

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Less than 3.7 billion years from now, the world is going to end

A team of physicists claims their calculations show how the universe will end.They say there is a 50-50 chance of the universe ending in the next 3.7 billion years.A new study suggests the universe and everything in it could end … Continue reading

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Stronger Sun Makes Earth Cool’ Not HOT

Contrary to the belief that an increase in solar activity from the Sun heats up Earth too, scientists have found that it’s quite the opposite. Based on a three-year snapshot of time between 2004 and 2007, scientists at the Imperial … Continue reading

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Completely New Climates:We’re Headed for Major Change — fast

Geographers have projected temperature increases due to greenhouse gas emissions to reach a not-so-chilling conclusion: climate zones will shift and some climates will disappear completely by 2100. Tropical highlands and polar regions may be the first to disappear, and large … Continue reading

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Big Bang Was Followed by Chaos

Seven years ago Northwestern University physicist Adilson E. Motter conjectured that the expansion of the universe at the time of the big bang was highly chaotic. Now he and a colleague have proven it using rigorous mathematical arguments.The study, published … Continue reading

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