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Chennai oil spill

When two boats collided in sea (it is so surprising how they can collide in open sea when there is so much open space in first place!!), it spilled 20 tonnes of oil to the sea near the port. It is  believed to have affected a 30-km stretch along the coastline and is spreading because Read More

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Artist Elephant!!

We know that Chimpanzees, Dolphins, Crows, Whales and Elephants are most intelligent animals in the world, after man. How amazing is our Asian Elephant!! It has the largest brain in animal kingdom. Its trunk is most powerful muscle that can do many things including pulling trunks, drinking water and eating. They move in herds. Their Read More

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Dire warning from Steven Hawking for human race

In a grim prognosis, renowned British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the human race today is facing the “most dangerous” time in its history. Stephen Hawking is one of the foremost thinkers alive today. Noting that the planet is in crises, the 74-year-old Cambridge professor said the world is facing huge environmental and Read More

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Risks of Herbicide resistant GM crops – II

In the last article, we saw the two types of Genetically Modified crops and the basics behind the herbicide resistant GM crops. Monsanto first introduced Glyphosate-resistant soybean in 1996 and later introduced glyphosate-resistant corn in 1998. These crops, commonly called “Roundup Ready”, have become ubiquitous in American agriculture with 93% of soybeans, 82% of cotton, Read More

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Danger of eucalyptus trees

When the government started thinking of social afforestation programs, they wanted to grow trees that “grow fast” and have “market value at the earliest”. Couple of trees fitted the bill – Eucalyptus  and Acacia.They were popularized by government departments and there were many plantation drives across the country. Both Eucalyptus  and Acacia are not native Read More