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Leopards that live in cities are protecting people from rabies

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Leopards that live in cities are protecting people from rabies

When leopards stray into a city, people often fear them because of the danger they pose. But it turns out these big cats could be valuable neighbours: by preying on feral dogs in Mumbai, they are reducing the risk of people catching rabies. About 20,000 people die of rabies in India every year. Feral dogs are the main source, as they bite people and pass on the rabies virus. Christopher O’Bryan and Alexander Braczkowski at the University of Queensland and their colleagues compiled existing data on the diet of leopards living in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the edges of...

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Researchers design a solar-powered desalination device for rural India

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Researchers design a solar-powered desalination device for rural India

The air was hot and gritty. Shehazvi had to squint to see past the sun into the edge of town, past the cars and motorcycles whizzing by, past the scorched earth, to where old buildings stood beautiful in their own way, muted pinks and oranges still curving and curling in all the right places. No rain again today. She and her daughter climbed out of the rickshaw and walked down the alley that leads to their home, 200 rupees lighter than when they left for Jalgaon city earlier that day. That's how much it cost every time she took her...

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India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours

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India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours

The smoggy cities of India are suddenly looking a lot greener, with just under 50 million trees having been planted in India in a record-breaking attempt to raise awareness of conservation. The event took place on Monday in Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s most populous states found in the north of the country. More than 800,000 people from all walks of life, ranging from students and housewives to government officials, planted 49.3 million tree saplings in just 24 hours. The saplings included 80 different species of trees were from 950 different nurseries around the state. Pakistan previously held the record,...

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India sends 20 satellites into orbit in historic launch

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India sends 20 satellites into orbit in historic launch

India successfully launched a record 20 satellites aboard its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket late on Tuesday, marking another milestone for the country’s burgeoning space program. PSLV C-34 launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 9:26 a.m. local time Wednesday (11:56 p.m. ET Tuesday), carrying India’s Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite, two satellites from Indian universities and a haul of satellites from countries including the U.S., Germany, Canada and Indonesia. The satellites reportedly include SkySat Gen2-1, which was made by Google. The country’s previous largest single launch was in 2008 when 10 satellites were sent into low Earth orbits, according...

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Over 60 UFOs Reported At Indian Airport Since October 2015

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Over 60 UFOs Reported At Indian Airport Since October 2015

The head of the paramilitary security force responsible for guarding airports and government offices across India revealed that 62 UFO sightings have been reported at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in New Delhi in the past four months since late October 2015. Are they arriving, departing or connecting to Mars? Surender Singh has been Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) since July 2015, so all of these unidentified flying object sightings have occurred on his watch. Responsible for security at over 300 industrial sites including such as atomic power plants, airports, space facilities, oil fields and...

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