Trappist planets have water, may be habitable: researchers

Context: Seven planets recently spotted orbiting a dim star in our Milky Way galaxy are rocky, seem to have water, and are potentially “habitable”, researchers studying the distant system said Monday. Though much remains unknown about the planets’ surfaces and atmospheres, the new measurements have not ruled out the possibility Read More …

‘Foreign’ species invasions rising globally: study

Context: The number of newly emerging alien species continues to rise, posing a significant challenge to biosecurity interventions worldwide, according to a study. Alien species are those that do not belong to a region and introduced intentionally or accidentally by humans. Other Facts: Up to 16 per cent of all Read More …

Tulsi and ashvagandha to purify Hyderabad lake

Context: India’s largest ‘floating treatment wetland’ will use hydroponics to clean up the water body. Gently floating on the surface is an artificial ‘island’ made of meticulously chosen plant species. The island is a floating treatment wetland (FTW). Several plants on this FTW help clean the lake by absorbing nutrients Read More …

Pampadum Shola National Park

Context: Pampadum Shola National Park located on the southern portion of Western Ghats is a safe haven of rare and most elusive Nilgiri Marten and the proposed eco-tourism activities there require careful planning and regular review, says a set of researchers who spent about three years chasing the vulnerable and Read More …

Seven heritage sites to get disabled-friendly facilities

Context: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will develop disabled-friendly facilities at seven sites in Tamil Nadu, including the Sri Kailasanathar temple in Kancheepuram, Sithanavasal caves, Moovar Koil in Kodambalur near Pudukottai, and the Vellore and Gingee forts. More details: The seven sites have been identified under the Adarsh Smarak Read More …

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