The Zhenyuanlong, a close cousin of the Velociraptor, was a fluffy, feathered poodle from hell
With much to gain, wolves seem to do their utmost to win the geladas’ trust
We can take delight in chimpanzees’ sense of morality, But distressingly, many humans do not even show this measure of empathy
Curious Bends is a weekly newsletter curated by science journalists Akshat Rathi and Vasudevan Mukunth.
Our godmen are rich beyond the dreams of avarice, but ask one of them to set out a position on climate change and he will tie himself in knots and call it yoga
Among nightingales, singing is not for the weak and the lazy
Through interviews, anecdotes and research, Padmaparna Ghosh and Samanth Subramanian bring alive the rich breadth of human imagination and knowledge
Syed Ali Gilani calls ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban un-Islamic Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani described ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban and other similar organisations as un-Islamic. In the statements given in Srinagar Geelani expressed concern over the growth of sects and other sub-divisions within Islam. He described the actions […]
While Beijing may have a better grip on air pollution control than New Delhi and other India cities do, its problems are indicative of a more fundamental problem with the process of urbanisation
1. Japan trumps China for Bangladesh port In a setback to China which had plans of building a port about 25 km away, Japan is all set to start construction of the 18m-deep port at Matarbari on Bangladesh’s South-East coast by January 2016. China is trying to develop closer economic and military […]
The Pope’s latest Encyclical is a devastating indictment of the developed world’s approach to consumption and climate change
Let’s be pessimistic and assume the apocalypse is going to happen. What does Earth look like afterwards?
The Indus Basin is the second most overstressed on the planet, its water levels falling by 4-6 mm/year
St. Stephen’s student alleges sexual harassment by professor A PhD student at St Stephens college in Delhi has gone to the police alleging that her chemistry professor had sexually harassed her, and that the principal, Valson Thampu had tried to brush the matter aside when she brought it to […]
No yoga therapy is provided in hospital and while six of the seven centres built to promote yoga among the survivors have been abandoned, one of them is now used as a venue for wedding parties.
1. AAP leads counter attack in ‘degree wars’ The Aam Aadmi party has taken the fight to the Bharatiya Janata Party in what are now turning out to be ‘degree wars’ between the political rivals. The AAP has alleged that a minister in BJP’s Goa coalition, Ramkrishna Dhavalikar […]
Natural causes apart, poor advance management and cleaning of the gutters in the run up to the monsoons ensure the story is repeated every year.
1. Air pollution kills 80 people in Delhi everyday A new study has revealed that air pollution claims the lives of between 20,000 and 30,000 people annually in Delhi, amounting to close to 80 deaths per day. Air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India. The study predicts […]
Nepal’s doctors and medical workers compensate for poor infrastructure with fierce commitment
1. Sexual harassment claims rock Greenpeace An ex-employee of the NGO Greenpeace has come out with a post on an online forum outlining her experience of sexual harassment and rape when she worked at the organisation. The victim had earlier shared her experience on Facebook, and had got […]
The Prime Minister is embracing the world on the one hand, while on the other, thanks to his NGO crackdown, civil society internationally feels India is unwelcoming, say Indian social sector workers
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador has started the ‘Chevron’s Dirty Hands’ international campaign to draw attention to an environmental disaster that the giant oil company refuses to pay for
Maharasthra’s farmer suicides double in two months In Maharashtra, between January and March, the state government had reported 601 farmer suicides, but by May 2015 the figures had risen to 1,088 cases. However, one out of four cases had been found ineligible for assistance due to legal loopholes such as the land not […]
A new study led by Imperial College, London, suggests preservation of organic remains might be much more common that has always been assumed – even of dinosaurs
On June 9, the UNESCO added 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, bringing the total number of such sites worldwide to 651. According to the body, “Biosphere reserves are places for learning about sustainable development aiming to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with the […]
The floods in Jammu and Kashmir caused unprecedented devastation, but it is imperative to learn from that experience to minimise the impact of any future such natural disaster
New Delhi: Ever since power distribution was privatised in Delhi in 2002, peak power demand has more than doubled from around 3,000 MW to around 6,000 MW. The surge, helped by a steady rise in the city’s population, the increasing affluence of its residents – who now command the highest average […]
1. Industrial toxins behind Maggi’s lead content? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has alleged that high lead content in the soil being used to grow the onions used in making the Maggi ‘tastemaker’ may be behind the high lead content in the product. FSSAI chief […]
Care must be taken with estimating how India’s heatwave will behave since it will be based upon very few rare events in the observational record
With the improvements to the land and ocean data sets and the addition of two more years of data, NCEI scientists found that there has been no hiatus in the global rate of warming
The IMD has revised its forecast for the 2015 southwest monsoon from 93% to 88% of the long-period average.
The hidden costs of fossil fuel use, together with their subsidies, easily overshadow the health budgets of governments worldwide
The clamour for more green action will only increase, says Nitin Sethi
With missionary zeal, the erstwhile Hooda government tried to remove obstacles in the path of DLF’s ‘leisure’ project in Gurgaon.
Nuclear waste lasts a very long time, and we often struggle to think over such time scales
Japan already has the most powerful seismic network in the world – and research institutions in the country are constantly growing it
Earlier in the day, a smaller quake measuring 3.8 had struck near Sakai, on the island of Honshu, followed by a 4.7 quake that struck 135 km southeast of Itoman
The SBM should not become yet another government scheme that makes the right noises initially only to die a quiet death once the spotlight moves away.
Based on tweets sent between 2008 and 2014, mathematicians from the University of Vermont found Twitter users weren’t happy when they tweeted about the climate and that they prized affirmative action
What was once seen as a futuristic source of limitless energy has been reframed as a response to global warming, an ideal solution for countries looking for a continuous source of low-carbon power. But who are these countries?