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Humans are changing Earth in many different ways at once

A recent study says climate change is killing off Earth’s little creatures, a fact that has chilling implications for global biodiversity.

Citizen science: How India’s conservationists are mapping wildlife to protect it

From Hornbill Watch to Amphibians of India and Roadkills India, citizens are creating a conservation constituency rooted in sound science.
Meghnad Saha

Are you ready for the 1941 Lok Sabha elections? Yes, you read it right

Although largely unknown, India has a national calendar that was devised to solve discrepancies of the Gregorian Calendar. And, according to that, we're in 1940.
Residential buildings stand in Lavasa, India (Representational image)

‘Biggest polluters’ India & China also showing the way to make Earth greener

According to a study, India & China account for the biggest chunk of the increase in global green cover between 2000 and 2017.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

India and China are greener than you think, says NASA

A NASA study says contrary to the popular notion, India and China account for one-third of the worlds greening efforts
Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin, the British scientist conservatives love to hate

On his 210th birth anniversary, ThePrint profiles Charlies Darwin, one of the world's greatest scientists and the man behind the theory of evolution.
From extreme left clockwise: Mary Anning, Lise Meitner, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Caroline Herschel, Barbara McClintock (Wikipedia)

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, remembering the 5 early pioneers

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the world got five trailblazers in the field of science — including an astronomer, a palaeontologist and a geneticist.
File image of Nalini Anantharaman | @royalsociety/Twitter

Math & humanities must be linked as before World War II, Infosys Prize winner says

Nalini Anantharaman speaks about the Infosys Science Prize she recently won, being born to an Indian immigrant in France, and wanting to be a pianist.

Researchers have taught bees to add & subtract, and here’s how it can help AI

Showing that a bee can combine simple arithmetic and symbolic learning has opened up other areas of research, such whether other animals can add and subtract.
An IndiaSnakes volunteer during a rescue | Indiansnakes.org/Facebook

Why thousands of Indians continue to die of snakebites

The World Health Organisation says snakebites kill 47,000 people a year in India, which is home to over 270 species of which 60 are venomous. 

OnCamera

PM Narendra Modi

India-Pakistan face-off over Pulwama is Narendra Modi’s biggest foreign policy challenge

New Delhi can pat itself on the back for persuading Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to not fly directly from Pakistan.
shiv sena

Is pact with Shiv Sena sign of BJP’s desperation or smart manoeuvring ahead of elections?

The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra assembly election in alliance. The BJP is also forming an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

Defence

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7 islands in Lakshadweep and Andamans identified for seaplane operations 

Private sector participation was also invited for tourism-based projects in two archipelagos in the region. 
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.