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Wildlife

From the blurbs

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
WILDLIFE OF THE HIMALAYAS AND THE TERAI REGION edited by Ashok S Kothari and Boman F Chhapgar, OUP, Rs 120 This is the fourth in the Bombay Natural History Society’s series that aims to make accessible old writings, drawings and paintings of India's flora and fauna. The text draws from the works of Stanley Henry Prater, known for his classic The Book of Indian Animals, and naturalist R A Sterndale whose work is said to be the source of inspiration for many scenes in Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
COMPUTER SCIENCES Super disc Typical compact discs (CDs) store 600-700 megabytes (MB) of digital data. A new technology can now help develop CDs that can hold 2 terabytes or 2,000,000 MB of data. Instead of packing more data on the surface, the idea is to make an optical film with 64 data layers.

Letters - October 31, 2012

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
Wasted resource

Life in captivity

Author(s): Tiasa Adhya
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
After years of efforts, scientists have succeeded in breeding one of the most critically endangered species of turtles in captivity.

Travel mystery of a turtle

Author(s): Shruti Chowdhari
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
THE number of loggerheads, the world’s largest hard-shelled turtle, is declining in its most important nesting site. Marine scientists at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Florida say the turtle’s nests at the site have declined by 16 per cent between 1998 and 2011 (see graph). This is baffling as the numbers of other turtle species like the leatherback and the green turtle are on the rise at the refuge.

Science and Technology - Briefs

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
HEALTH SCIENCES The villain gets nastier The toxin bisphenol A (BPA) is found in plastics, dental sealants and grocery receipts. It is a known hormone disrupter. But its impact on the hormones produced by the thyroid gland remain unknown. These hormones are essential for cognitive development of children.

Putin’s nature love

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s widely publicised wildlife stunts, at least some of them, have been stage-managed.

It’s not just about a good holiday

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
The devil is in the detail. When land is held in public trust, the question of who constitutes the public needs clarity. In India’s protected areas this question has become pertinent in light of the Supreme Court’s interim decision on tourism. This order requires states to declare buffer zones for tiger reserves. Tourism within the core of the reserves without notified buffer zones has been banned.

Monkey’s tale

Author(s): Diya Das
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
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