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New tortoise species discovered

The last reported range of the species was from Gwa in Myanmar, where TSA/WCS is carrying out a conservation breeding of this endangered tortoise for further reintroduction into the wild.

Designer plants on Mars

Humans on Mars will need to move away from complete reliance on shipped cargo, and achieve a high level of self-sufficient and sustainable agriculture. To fulfill this need, NASA-funded scientists are designing plants that can not only survive the harsh conditions but also provide oxygen, food and even medicine to astronauts while living off their waste.

First priority: Grow crops before living on Mars

Although Mars is one of the most Earth-like planet and closest to earth, Mars and Earth are different in many ways. If and when human beings are able to set up a colony on Mars, they would need a high level of self-sufficiency and sustainable agriculture, instead of 100 % reliance on shipped cargo from Earth, which is impractical.

Song-birds sing in the trees by the brook: Study

A new study on woodlands in agricultural landscapes near Protected Areas in Meghalaya highlights the importance of woodlands surrounding forested Protected Areas to maintain the ecological functioning of bird communities.

Ice loss in Antarctica, is contributing to Global sea level rise

The data collected by various scientific studies shows that the problem not only exists, but is growing in severity with each passing year.

Tobacco use kills over 1.3 mn every year in Southeast Asia: WHO

Tobacco use kills nearly six million people annually with over 600,000 deaths due to exposure to second hand smoke

Bengal, northeast may conduct joint elephant census

There are around 9,000 elephants and 22 corridors in the north-east Indian states

Butterfly-inspired technique could make solar energy cheaper

Mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by a butterfly species to heat up its flight muscles before take-off, the amount of power produced by solar panels can increase by almost 50 percent, a study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found.

UV light can make fruits germ-free

The UVC light inactivated 90 percent of pathogens present on rough-surfaced fruit.

Six ‘solar cities’ to be developed in northeast

The six cities - Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam, Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Agartala in Tripura - will be developed under the Development of Solar Cities

Super-sized black hole spotted

Challenging previous notions about the way host galaxies grow in relation to black holes, an international team of astronomers has spotted a super-sized black hole that grew much faster than its host galaxy.

Decline in the population of Seabirds.

Seabirds population has dropped 70 percent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well, says a study.

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