New frog — and a sub-family — discovered in India’s Western Ghats

One more new frog species has been spotted in the Western Ghats of India, reconfirming the region’s status as home to one of the richest assemblage of frogs in the world. Photo credit: S P Vijaykumar for the report in Mongabay India The scientists have named the frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana. Astrobatrachus is in recognition of…

Will the pill work for the elephant and other animals

Amidst rising human-wildlife conflicts in the country, India plans to roll out a pilot experimental research project in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand to test the most appropriate method to control populations of four species of wild animals – blue bulls or nilgai, elephants, monkeys and wild boars – whose growing numbers are causing extensive…

Indian scientists urged to speak out about pseudoscience

A leading Indian science-advocacy group is urging the country’s researchers to speak out against pseudoscience, which it fears has gained a foothold in the past few years, partly through support from some agencies of the Indian government. The call to arms, made by the non-profit Breakthrough Science Society, comes after some members of an alumni…

Thousands across India in support of science

Thousands of scientists, university students and science enthusiasts gathered in dozens of Indian cities to march in support of science on 9 August — lamenting their country’s low levels of funding for research, and complaining about government promotion of ‘unscientific ideas’. But several scientists also stayed away from the event, either because they had been…

Tulips in Holland

Tis almost end of the  short season for tulips in Holland — in their full glory at the Keukenhof Gardens.  

What would be most dangerous, if an asteroid hits the Earth?

Courtesy: American Geophysical Union release If an asteroid struck Earth, which of its effects—scorching heat, flying debris, towering tsunamis—would claim the most lives? A new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters and described as the first to look at all seven impacts of dangerous asteroids,  has the answer: violent winds and shock waves are the…