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Himalayan glaciers melting twice as fast: Study

WASHINGTON: Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast now as they were before the turn of the century, according to a new study that relied on recently declassified Cold War-era satellite imagery.The study, which appeared in Science…

Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material

BEIJING: Scientists have developed an insulator that mimics the structure of individual polar bear hairs and may have many real world applications in the architecture and aerospace sectors.For polar bears, the insulation provided by their…

PM Modi impressed by solar-powered Kochi airport

KOCHI: Impressed by the fully solar-powered operations at the Cochin International Airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said it should be an inspiring model for energy guzzlers and suggested that stadiums can tap the natural resource…

GM fungus wipes out 99% of malaria mosquitoes

A genetically modified fungus wiped out malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a month and a half, in trials in west Africa which have come closer than ever before to studying the potential impact of releasing an engineered organism in the wild.…

Trips to polluted cities can make you sick: Study

NEW YORK: Even a short stay for travellers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take them at least a week to recover from, according to a study conducted in India, Pakistan and China.Researchers…

Food delivery apps drowning China in plastic

NEW YORK: In all likelihood, the enduring physical legacy of China’s internet boom will not be the glass-and-steel office complexes or the fancy apartments for tech elites. It will be the plastic.The astronomical growth of food delivery…

Light pollution may harm amphibians: Study

NEW YORK: Artificial sources of light at night time may harm amphibian populations, a study has found.Researchers exposed wood frogs to a control and two anthropogenic light conditions: intensified daytime illuminance and artificial light…

Youths rally in climate protest before EU vote

BERLIN: Tens of thousands of young climate activists rallied in Germany on Friday in the latest mass protest demanding urgent action against global warming, ahead of the weekend's European Parliamentary elections.At least 5,000 students…

Your beach house may soon be worth less

SALISBURY: For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone’s guess.Some research suggests rising sea…