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The helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction

A striking bird with monochrome plumage and a formidable “beak”, the helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction, one of the latest victims of a thriving global trade in exotic wildlife. For decades poachers in Borneo’s western forests focused on capturing orangutans and sun bears, but in the past few …

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Planet-saving climate goal difficult to achieve, say experts

The global target to prevent climate catastrophe, crafted at a landmark summit last year in Paris, will be very difficult, if not impossible, to hit, said some of world’s top scientists meeting this week in Oxford. The first-ever climate pact to enjoin all nations vows to cap global warming at …

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Sugarcane waste yields carbon for use in batteries

Researchers from Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion batteries. While making anode-grade carbon is currently very expensive and time-consuming, …

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100,000 deaths from Indonesia forest fires, study estimates

Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia’s government to tackle the annual crisis. The study by scientists from Harvard University and …

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Ammani to finally hit the screens on October 14

Actor-filmmaker Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s third Tamil directorial Ammani will finally hit the screens on October 14 — after months of delay. Lakshmy is confident that the film will strike a chord with the audience. “It’s not a woman-centric film. Everybody can relate to this universal subject. It’s a story about a …

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Will the Paris agreement be ratified by end of 2016?

If there is one question that climate treaty watchers are speculating on the world over, it is this: Will the Paris agreement be ratified by end of 2016? The treaty that was negotiated at the UN summit in Paris last year can enter into effect only 30 days after at …

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New species of pterosaur from early Jurassic period discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of pterosaur – an extinct group of flying reptiles – from the early Jurassic period in the Patagonia region of South America. The cranial remains were in an excellent state of preservation, said the researchers who have named this new species ‘Allkauren koi’ from …

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I never had a godfather: Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput has been shooting for films back-to-back. In between, he also shifted to a new sea-facing apartment in Bandra (W)“I still don’t feel fully settled. I am still doing up my house. It is very quiet, and has a great view. It is a perfect place to come …

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