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84 endangered Amur leopards found in China, Russia

In a good and bad news to tiger conservationists, scientists estimate that 84 highly endangered Amur leopards are roaming in the wild across its current range along the southernmost border of Primorskii Province in Russia and Jilin Province of China. This new estimate of the Amur leopard population was recently reported in the scientific journal, Conservation Letters by scientists from China, Russia, ...

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‘Breakthrough’ algorithm exponentially faster than any previous one

What if a large class of algorithms used today — from the algorithms that help us avoid traffic to the algorithms that identify new drug molecules — worked exponentially faster? Computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a completely new kind of algorithm, one that exponentially speeds up computation by ...

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New spider species found deep in southern Indiana cave

IMAGE: This is a female specimen of the newly described rare spider species Islandiana lewisi. Credit: Dr. Marc Milne Spiders are ubiquitous within our forests, fields, and backyards. Although you may be used to seeing the beautiful yellow and black spiders of the genus Argiope in your garden, large ground-scurrying wolf spiders in your yard, or spindly cellar spiders in your ...

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NASA infrared data reveals Tropical Storm Emilia is strengthening

IMAGE: On June 28 at 4:59 p.m. EDT (2059 UTC) the AIRS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite showed powerful storms with very cold cloud top temperatures (purple). Credits: NASA JPL, Heidar Thrastarson Infrared NASA satellite imagery provided cloud top temperatures of thunderstorms that make up Tropical Storm Emilia. Comparing those NASA temperature readings with another satellite’s data obtained the following day, forecasters ...

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How the scent of a male sensed to measure him up by female blackbucks?

At Tal Chhapar, a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of the Thar desert, a strange drama is staged twice every year. In the blistering heat of summer from March to April and the post-monsoon months of September and October, up to a hundred blackbuck males stake out territories on the flat land to entice females to mate with them in ...

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Forests may lose ability to protect against extremes of climate change: Study

A view of Białowieża Forest, Belarus-Poland. CREDIT: IUCN Elena Osipova

Forests, one of the most dominate ecosystems on Earth, harbor significant biodiversity. Scientists have become increasingly interested in how this diversity is enhanced by the sheltering microclimates produced by trees. A recent University of Montana study suggests that a warming climate in the Pacific Northwest would lessen the capacity of many forest microclimates to moderate climate extremes in the future. ...

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What makes dog man’s best friend?

From pugs to labradoodles to huskies, dogs are our faithful companions. They live with us, play with us and even sleep with us. But how did a once nocturnal, fearsome wolf-like animal evolve over tens of thousands of years to become beloved members of our family? And what can dogs tell us about human health? Through the power of genomics, ...

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Cyclone Prapiroon: NASA’s GPM satellite finds heavy rainfall on southwestern side

When the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, it saw very heavy rainfall occurring in one part of Tropical Storm Prapiroon. Tropical Depression 09W was located east of the Philippines when it was upgraded early today, June 29, to Tropical Storm Prapiroon. The tropical storm is in a favorable environment for intensification. ...

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Facing music from volcano eruption? Better listen to it before, says study

A volcano in Ecuador with a deep cylindrical crater might be the largest musical instrument on Earth, producing unique sounds scientists could use to predict its eruption, said a new study. New infrasound recordings of Cotopaxi volcano in central Ecuador witnessed eruptions in 2015 and its crater changed shape. Now the deep narrow crater makes air to reverberate against the ...

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Weather forecast to become more accurate as new technique found now

Meteorologists have long known for wrong rainfall forecasts but now researchers from the University of Missouri have developed a system that improves the precision of forecasts by accounting for evaporation in rainfall estimates, particularly for locations 30 miles or more from the nearest National Weather Service radar. “Right now, forecasts are generally not accounting for what happens to a raindrop ...

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NASA satellite Aqua caaptures formation of Tropical Storm Maliksi over Philippines

Tropical Storm Maliksi formed in the Philippine Sea, off the northeastern coast of the Philippines as NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard Aqua captured an image of the storm on June 8 that showed the circulation center over open waters of the Philippine Sea. Bands of thunderstorms circling the center extended over ...

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Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: Who will win Rs.20 Cr crown?

IPL 2018 trophy winner

When: Sunday, 27 May 2018, 7:00 PM (IST) Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will clash for the IPL Final 2018, fourth time this season, before one of them clinch the coveted IPL 2018 championship. Sunrisers and the Super Kings, the top two teams will fight it out for the trophy but making it worth ...

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Mahesh Babu rallies behind Rashid Khan, IPL Final to be stormy today

Rashid Khan and Mahesh Babu

After Friday’s match of IPL, the 19-year-old Rashid Khan made a won a surprising star behind him and it is Mahesh Babu, the Telugu actor whose rare tweets are reckoned by millions of his fans. Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan’s stunning performance for SunRisers Hyderabad to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs to clinch the opportunity to play in the ...

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Tuticorin protests beginning of anti-corporate outrage in India?

Mass Murder of Innocent People #IncompetentEPS pic.twitter.com/D7l7j7XDSx — M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) May 23, 2018 Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu has evoked an outrage unparalleled in Indian history, especially against corporate plants. Tamil Nadu has been the hub of several plants ranging from nuclear energy to underground Neutrino tunnel but rarely was the opposition evident as in the case ...

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What is Cyclone Sagar?

On May 18, 2018, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Sagar in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen to the north and Somalia to the south. Credit: NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team

Indian Met Department has issued an alert to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharasthra and the Lakshadweep over the cyclone ‘Sagar’, which is building up over the Arabian Sea with potential to hit the coastal region of northern Indian Ocean on Saturday. Formerly known as 01A, Tropical Cyclone Sagar, quickly formed in the Indian Ocean and strengthened into a tropical ...

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Cyclone Sagar to Hit Today: Kochi, Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai to witness heavy rains

On May 18, 2018, the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a true-color image of Tropical Cyclone Sagar in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen to the north and Somalia to the south. Credit: NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team

Indian Met Department has issued an alert to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharasthra and the Lakshadweep over the cyclone ‘Sagar’, which is building up over the Arabian Sea. Tropical Cyclone Sagar, formerly known as 01A, captured NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite appeared more organized and has been strengthening since May 17. On Friday, May 18 the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer ...

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Sauna bath daily reduces risk of heart disease by 61%, says study

Frequent sauna bathing is good as it reduces the risk of stroke, said a new international study. The study followed people taking a sauna for 15 years and found the frequent goers benefit more from it. Those taking saunda 4-7 times a week were 61% less likely to suffer a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week, said ...

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Rare Tapanuli Orangutan to be extinct soon, thanks to China’s mega dam

The rare Tapanuli Orangutan, discovered last year in Sumatra, Indonesia, and one of the rarest animals on the planet could become an extinct species soon unless urgent action is invoked to reign in on a mega dam in China, said a team of global scientists. Besides the usual deforestation, the researchers have pointed out that the Batang Toru project being ...

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