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For the love of birds

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013
BIRDS are notoriously difficult to count. It takes a lot of effort to note the type and number of birds in an area. This website brings together thousands of people from all over the world, who are involved in counting birds and describing their behaviour. eBird’s daily view of bird movements has vastly improved data.

Intern’s discovery

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013
An Oxford museum intern has found rare specimens of butterflies lost since the 19th century. The specimens discovered by Athena Martin, 17, are described as “priceless” by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. They had been brought back from South America by a Victorian naturalist but many of the butterflies were thought lost at sea in the 1850s.

Corridors of uncertainty

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013

Eye in the sky

Author(s): Shubha Kishore
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013

Twist in turtle’s tale

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
TECHNOLOGY Water forecast We rely on weather forecasts to know how hot or cold next few days would be. A new forecast system can now predict changes in ocean ecosystem, too, months in advance. Known as J-SCOPE, it works by feeding data from global climate models into a coastal ocean and oxygen model that helps predict oxygen levels and other ocean water properties.

Letters - September 16-30, 2013

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2013
Try Local

Turbulence ahead

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013
Monsoons brought good news for the controversy-ridden Navi Mumbai international airport project. The multi-crore plan had seen no progress in its execution for over a year due to held up environment clearances and sustained opposition from local residents, who stand to lose their land for the project. However, in last two months some progress was made on these pending issues.

Letters - September 1-15, 2013

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013
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