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Tallest gets taller: Mount Everest gets new height!

The world’s highest mountain got a bit taller this week when the Foreign Ministers of Nepal and China jointly certified the elevation of Mount Everest at 8,848.86 metres above sea level — 86 cm higher than what was recognised since 1954.  The earlier height The height recognised till now was 8,844 m. This was determined […]

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In depth: What’s a desalination plant planned in Mumbai

Recently, Maharashtra announced the setting up of a desalination plant in Mumbai. Chennai already has two such plants while Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh too are planning. So what is a desalination plant and how does it work? The plan The proposed project will be set up on 25-30 acres of land at Manori, Mumbai. It […]

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Mushrooms that glow and are tasty too!

We all know the healthy properties of mushrooms, we like to eat them, and it can be counted as one of the favourite dishes for many. But would it be downright creepy if you are about to switch on the lights of your kitchen and see something glowing in the dark? Worry not, they may […]

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Fancy a ‘green’ plate?

We all know plastic is a curse, we shouldn’t use it but sometimes in absence of a substitute, it becomes imperative. For example, travelling disposable cups, plates and spoons. But now there’s an alternative.  Scientists have designed a set of “green” tableware made from sugarcane waste and bamboo that could serve as a potential alternative […]

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Not just skyscrapers, Mumbai’s wildlife too is on the map

The first thing that comes to mind when you describe Mumbai is its buildings. The concrete jungle filled with hundreds of skyscrapers leaves little place for imagining a life of flora and fauna. But that’s not true. Mumbai is also home to several birds and animals. Mostly because of its coastal areas and many lakes.  […]

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Now you can visit this 129-year-old tunnel in Pakistan

Sometimes you can find treasure in the trash. That’s what happened in Pakistan when people were digging a pit for some plantation in Ayubia National Park. A 100-year-old British-era tunnel was found from a trash mound.  The historic ’Moto Tunnel’ was built 1891 and would still have been buried in a garbage dump and neglect […]

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Coral reef taller than a skyscraper found in Australia

A new, and enormous, coral reef has been found at the northern tip of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the first such discovery in 120 years, scientists say. Like an underwater mountain, the unnamed reef is about 1.5km long, 500m (1,640ft) high, the reef is taller than New York’s Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin […]

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A 12 YO makes the discovery of a lifetime!

You may just be an amateur, but if you really keep looking you may get your goal some day. An aspiring palaeontologist has been a rage the world over after he discovered a dinosaur skeleton dating back 69 million years! The Grade 7 student from Calgary discovered a rare dinosaur skeleton earlier this year at […]

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Eight Indian beaches get Blue Flag Certification

In a first, eight Indian beaches have been awarded Blue Flag Certification by an eminent international jury. The government has hailed it as a big moment for environmentalists and the Swachh Bharat programme.  What does it mean? The eight beaches selected for the certification are Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), […]

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How is the Mauritius oil spill threatening sea life

A small island nation of Mauritius had to declare an emergency because its beaches and related sea life was in danger.  What happened On July 25, a Japanese ship named M V Wakashio struck a coral reef resulting in an oil spill of over 1,000 tonnes into the Indian Ocean. The ship was carrying an […]