Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Topic: Animals

Inequality is not confined to humans. Animals are divided by privilege, too

A study published in the Journal of Behavioural Ecology has found that mammals, fish, birds and even insects benefit from inherited wealth and abilities.

Sampling DNA from air could help track animals, transform wildlife monitoring

Two groups of researchers sampled DNA from the air in two European zoos and discovered a wealth of genetic material, including from animals outside the zoo and meat fed to animals.

There’s more to being vegan than plant-based meat. It’s not as healthy as you think

While there is no denying the obvious benefits of plant-based meats, a lot is blown out of proportion. We need a sharp eye to bust the myths.

Why Indian leopards switched from ‘healthy salad’ to ‘risky junk’

In ‘Leopard Diaries’, Sanjay Gubbi writes that unlike the tiger, the leopard is not a choosy eater — but what it eats usually is fast running out where it lives in India.

Dog-like predator with kangaroo pouch, believed extinct since 1930s, possibly lived till 2000s

Last known thylacine or Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in an Australian zoo in 1936. New study suggests the animal possibly survived up until a few decades ago.

Himalayan bears sleeping less and Sarus cranes not nesting in monsoon only. That’s bad news

When planning for climate change, India can’t be only thinking about people.

Orca to elephants — Keeping large mammals in zoos is extremely damaging to their brains

Kiska, a young female orca captured in 1978, lives alone in a Canada aquarium. She swims in slow, endless circles and has gnawed her teeth to pulp.

First, the pandemic made Indians abandon pets, then they rushed to adopt them

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our relationship with pets. But it’s natural that more Indians are relying on animals and ‘adopting’ to the times.

A belief in mathematical justice guides Hindu responses to suffering: Maneka Gandhi

The belief that sufferings in this life is a result of bad deeds in past lives stops Hindus from doing things that can make the human society more comfortable.

Monkeys in Thailand, wild goats in North Wales taking over locked-down cities

Monkeys in Thailand are hungry and missing people while wild goats of North Wales are enjoying being on the streets during the Covid lockdown.

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Neeraj Chopra won Gold at Tokyo Olympics in 2021 | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Armed forces’ ‘sports for wellness’ rule cost India. Time to bring back ‘gladiator sportsmen’

Until 1970s, Indian armed forces allowed units to spare military training for some men to help them focus only on sports. Then came the outcry to ban sports competitions.
Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.


File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.