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  • Bhopal gas tragedy: UCC can't be sued for plant contamination, says US court August 1, 2014

    In a major blow to victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, a US court has ruled that the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) cannot be sued for the ongoing contamination from the chemical plant. Non-governmental organisation EarthRights International had filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York on behalf...
  • Scientists warn of Earth's sixth mass extinction event July 25, 2014

    Washington: The loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event, scientists warn. Since the year 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 per cent average decline...
  • Finding life beyond Earth is within reach: NASA July 15, 2014

    Washington: NASA expects to find the first traces of alien life within the next 20 years. Experts from NASA and its partner institutions have outlined a road-map to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes. "Just imagine the moment,...
  • Is the upcoming film 'Earth to Echo' a rip-off of Steven Speilberg's 'E.T.'? July 1, 2014

    Los Angeles: The similarities between "Earth to Echo" and "E.T." are more than striking. But reviews are mixed on whether it is an inspired updating of the Spielberg classic, or a cheap knockoff. The family fun movie, out in time for America's 4th of July holiday weekend, recounts a group of...
  • Earth-like planet discovered 16 light-years away June 29, 2014

    Melbourne: Researchers have found a potentially habitable planet, located just 16 light years away, which is among the top three most Earth-like exoplanets ever discovered. An international team of researchers discovered the "super-Earth" planet, GJ 832 c, which takes 16 days to orbit its red-dwarf star, GJ 832, and has a...
  • PSLV C23 launch cleared; 49-hour countdown begins on Saturday June 27, 2014

    Chennai: A 49-hour countdown for the June 30 launch of PSLV C23 carrying French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 and four co-passenger spacecraft from the spaceport of Sriharikota will begin at 8.52 AM on Saturday. The Launch Authorisation Board (LAB), which met Friday at Sriharikota, cleared the launch, paving the way for...
  • Earth-size 'diamond' discovered in space June 25, 2014

    Washington: Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized 'diamond' about 900 light-years away in space, which is possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallised, forming - in effect - an Earth-size diamond in space. The object is likely...
  • Quiz: Can you identify these famous Indian landmarks as seen from space? June 23, 2014

    Some are historical monuments and heritage sites while others are prominent geographical landmarks. You've seen these famous Indian landmarks several times in photos. This is how they look from space. How many can you identify? ...
  • Travelogue, documentary series, dance competition - Doordarshan announces five new shows June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: A travelogue documentary series and a show based on transformation in rural India are among five fresh shows being offered by the national broadcaster Doordarshan. Starting Friday, DD National will roll out "Nadiyaan Gaati Hain", the first of the five shows, which promise to offer a whiff of fresh...
  • Want to save the planet Earth? This bizarre movement believes voluntary human extinction is the only solution! May 27, 2014

    While the world is busy conducting researches over newer methods to save the planet Earth, this movement has a simple solution - the voluntary extinction of humans. The VHEMT, pronounced vehement, is a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement. Is human extinction really the only way to save the planet Earth? The official...
  • NASA unveils Earth Day 'global selfie' mosaic of 36,000 pictures May 23, 2014

    New York: NASA unveiled its "global selfie" on Thursday, a mosaic of more than 36,000 pictures uploaded to social media showing people and places around the world in commemoration of Earth Day, the US space agency said. NASA asked people on April 22, Earth Day, to upload pictures tagged with #GlobalSelfie...
  • NASA discovers square-shaped hole in Sun May 13, 2014

    Washington: NASA scientists have discovered a strange coronal hole, almost square in its shape, on the surface of the Sun. The coronal hole is an area where the solar wind is streaming out of the Sun at superfast speeds, researchers said. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured a video of...
  • Rajgarh: Woman killed as soil mine caves in May 3, 2014

    A woman was killed and three others were injured when an earth mine caved in at Bhandawad village under Jeerapur Police Station area in the district, police said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday when the women were digging out the soil. Kamlabai Kirar (42) died on the spot, police...
  • Rufous Hummingbird featured in Google's 2014 Earth Day doodle April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Celebrating Earth Day 2014, Google has put up a first-of-its-kind 6-in-1 doodle that features six representatives from the animal kingdom, and Rufous Hummingbird is one of them. On this occasion, we help you know more about this small hummingbird. Rufous Hummingbird is about 3-inches in size with a long,...
  • On Earth Day, Apple announces free recycling of all used products April 22, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener...
  • Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish, puffer fish in 6-in-1 Earth Day Google doodle April 22, 2014

    New Delhi: To commemorate Earth Day 2014 Google has posted a 6-in-1 animated doodle on its home page with six representatives from the animal kingdom - Rufous Hummingbird, veiled chameleon, dung beetle, Japanese macaque, moon jellyfish and puffer fish. Google has been celebrating Earth Day through its popular doodles for the...
  • Is that the Loch Ness monster on Apple Maps? April 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Is the shape that we can see in Apple Maps' satellite image of Loch Ness that of Nessie, the legendary monster that many believe inhabits the waterbody in the Scottish Highlands? The giant squid like shape was also previously spotted on Google Earth about five years ago. Andrew Dixon and...
  • NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet April 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Rare blood red lunar eclipse to unfold on Tuesday April 14, 2014

    Florida: Night owls and early risers in North America will be able to watch a rare celestial show on Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color from bright orange to blood red to brown, depending on local weather conditions. The lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours...
  • Opposition of Mars: Tonight Mars, Earth and sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: On the night of Tuesday April 8, Mars, Earth, and the sun are arranged in a nearly-straight line. Astronomers call this event an 'opposition of Mars' because Mars and the Sun are on opposite sides of the sky. Oppositions of Mars happen every 26 months. Mars rises in...
  • Earth Hour: A voluntary blackout tonight for environmental issues by over 7,000 cities in 154 countries March 29, 2014

    London: Lights will be switched off in homes, offices and famous landmarks at 8.30 p.m. Saturday for an hour to mark WWF's annual Earth Hour. Millions of people around the globe will participate in the celebration of the eighth edition of the Earth Hour to show their support for environmental issues...
  • In support of 'Earth Hour campaign' Howrah Bridge to go dark for an hour March 28, 2014

    Some of the iconic structures in Kolkata, including the Howrah Bridge, would go semi-dark for an hour on Saturday to support conservation of energy under the Earth Hour campaign. Between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Saturday, all ornamental lights would be switched off at the famous Howrah Bridge and the...
  • Nothing should get in the way of great sex: Condom maker Durex asks couples to 'turn off to turn on' in viral Earth Hour ad March 28, 2014

    A 'global wake-up call from Durex' asks couples seen lost in their smartphones at various romantic settings to log off and reconnect on Earth Hour. "It's time for tech lovers to switch off and reconnect for Earth Hour 2014. On March 29th at 8:30pm we will #TurnOffToTurnOn. Watch the video and...
  • US: Anti-war activist, author Jonathan Schell dies at 70 March 27, 2014

    New York: Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and anti-war activist who condemned conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and warned of a nuclear holocaust in terrifying detail in his prize-winning book, "The Fate of the Earth," has died at age 70. Schell's companion, Irena Gross, said that Schell died on Tuesday at...
  • Being a youth icon and influencing people is always good, says Arjun Kapoor March 26, 2014

    Mumbai: Young actor Arjun Kapoor has been named the national ambassador of the Earth Hour to be observed March 29. He is glad that he can influence young minds and bring about positive change. "Being a youth icon and influencing people is always good. But this (the Earth Hour) is something...
  • Astronomers discover echoes from expansion after Big Bang March 18, 2014

    New York: Astronomers announced on Monday that they had discovered what many consider the holy grail of their field: ripples in the fabric of space-time that are echoes of the massive expansion of the universe that took place just after the Big Bang. Predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago,...