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Letters - August 16-31, 2013

Issue Date: Aug 14, 2013
Trunk Call Use of geophones for detecting elephant footfalls and issuing SMS alerts to farmers and forest officials is indeed a useful research (‘Jumbo alert’, July 1-15, 2013). But as pointed out in the article itself, the technology would need further refinement to distinctly distinguish elephant footfalls from sounds made by vehicles and other sources.

Letters - August 1-15, 2013

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2013
Jumbo Gesture Apropos the article, “Three elephants die on Bengal’s killer track” (May 16-30, 2013), encroachment upon elephant corridors is a problem across the country. But in a one-of-its-kind gesture, a tribal community in Assam has moved out of elephants’ way to minimise human-elephant conflict.

How tiger got its white coat

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013

Jumbo alert

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
RADIO COLLARS, fire crackers, drum beats, powerful spotlights and electric fencing are commonly deployed to track the movement of elephants in villages and to chase them away. Still elephant-human conflict is on the rise and nearly 500,000 families get affected every year.

Invasion of tiger reserve

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
It is difficult to comprehend the motivation that drives hundreds of thousands of people to travel to the Western Ghats and camp deep inside the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) for 11 days during Adiamavasya. The festival is celebrated at the Lord Sorimuthu Iyyanar temple every year in the Tamil month of Adi (mid-July to mid-August).

Enough of noise

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
Asmartphone application, or app, that can measure the impact of construction work on waterbirds in protected areas has been developed.

Pawns in conservation

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
Diwakar Bodda Telandi is tremulous as he poses for photographs for Down To Earth (DTE). “This won’t get us into trouble, would it?” he asks.

Clearance rush

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) seems to be in a rush to give clearances to development projects. Since January this year, MoEF has given green signal for forestland diversion at an unprecedented rate. It has even diluted some provisions of the law to clear proposals that were earlier denied clearance.

Enjoy badgertopia

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2013
This could prove the ultimate fighter against the soon-to-start badger cull in England, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle. Shelter, a beautiful animation developed by a Swedish games studio, sees the player take the role of a mother badger which must forage for food and protect her cubs from foxes and other dangers of the wild.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2013
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