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    India to launch Cartosat-3, 13 nanosatellites from US

    India will launch its cartography satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into sun synchronous orbit on November 25, the Indian space agency said on Monday.According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL variant (PSLV-XL) will put into orbit Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites from the US on November 25. The rocket...

    • 18 min ago
  • Science

    Want To Save Jungles? Pay Nations Not To Chop Down Trees

    When Norway decided a decade ago to pay Guyana, a small jungle-covered country in South America, to reduce its rate of deforestation, no one was sure how much effect the move would have. Now they know it does work, according to a study published Monday in the United States. This type of international program -- money for forests -- has appeared in numerous forms since 2000, and is...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Better Soil Moisture Sensors using Graphene Oxide

    Researchers develop a stable low-cost microsensor from graphene oxide to measure soil moisture on field Agriculture uses 80% of the usable water in India. However, almost half of it is wasted due to inefficient irrigation systems-a scenario to be avoided as water is getting scarce. Plants get nutrition from the nutrients dissolved in the soil moisture, and they grow best in soil that has...

    • 2 hrs ago
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    Smoke haze blankets Sydney as bushfire threat rises

    Sydney (AFP) - Sydney was shrouded in dangerous haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.Official data showed that pollution had reached "hazardous" levels across Sydney, with the highest readings of PM 2.5 particulates in the city's northwest reaching 186 parts per million on the air...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    Mongolia's new 'cleaner' fuel linked to deaths, illness

    Ulaanbaatar (AFP) - One cold night in October, Gerel Ganbaatar decided to stay with her parents in one of Mongolia's traditional ger communities on the outskirts of the capital -- a decision which would prove fatal.Within hours of arriving, she and her parents both became breathless and nauseous.They desperately called for help -- but by the time medics arrived Gerel, who was four months...

    • 6 hrs ago
  • Health and Lifestyle

    In the deserts of Dubai, salmon farming thrives

    Dubai (AFP) - From a control room in the middle of Dubai's desert, Norway's sunrises and sunsets and the cool currents of the Atlantic are recreated for the benefit of thousands of salmon raised in tanks despite searing conditions outside.Dubai is no stranger to ambitious projects, with a no-limits approach that has seen a palm-shaped island built off its coast, and a full-scale ski slope created...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals

    Beijing (AFP) - Private sleuth Sun Jinrong brings heat detectors, tiny surveillance cameras, and a blow dart loaded with a tranquiliser to his search for one desperate client's missing loved one: A cat named Duoduo.Unlike Jim Carrey's goofy Ace Ventura character, the man dubbed by China's media as the nation's first pet detective is a stoney-faced animal lover who solves cases with the...

    • 6 hrs ago
  • Africa

    Sudanese hope Ethiopian dam ends Blue Nile floods

    JUREF GHARB (Sudan) (AFP) - The Blue Nile is a renegade river, according to Sudanese farmer Osman Idris, its unpredictable flooding swallows crops and houses as it crashes through Sudan from Ethiopia on its way to Egypt."Tonight, the level of water will be low," said Idris, a resident of Juref Gharb, a small village on the bank of the Blue Nile outside Khartoum."Tomorrow, it will...

    • 7 hrs ago
  • Climate

    Steep climb in global nitrous oxide levels: Study

    Global atmospheric levels of nitrous oxide (N2O) increased 10 per cent between 2000-2005 and 2010-2015, according to a new research. The absolute value of the increase was 1.6 TgN per year. N2O is the third-most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). It has the highest global warming potential among the three - 300 times than CO2. The research also flagged a...

    • 9 hrs ago
  • Science/Environment

    Paying countries not to chop down forests works, study shows

    Washington (AFP) - When Norway decided a decade ago to pay Guyana, a small jungle-covered country in South America, to reduce its rate of deforestation, no one was sure how much effect the move would have.Now they know it does work, according to a study published Monday in the United States. This type of international program -- money for forests -- has appeared in numerous forms since...

    • 12 hrs ago

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