New plants from Western Ghats

Context; In just four months, nine new plants have been discovered in the Western Ghats. Apart from the discoveries of the world’s smallest land fern and two shrubs of the rattlepod family**, six species including two balsams, two shrubs belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae), a herb of the coffee family Read More …

Noctiluca algae

The Noctiluca algae, commonly known as sea tinkle, is a parasite and occurs in patches or ‘blooms’ in the Northern Arabian Sea. They glow at night due bioluminescence, and have earned them the nickname ‘sea sparkle’. However, these patches are a sign of decline because they compete with fish for food and Read More …

Giant Humphead Wrasse

Context: A rare species of coral reef fish accidentally netted by fishermen off the coast of Vizhinjam early last month has been nursed back to health after undergoing a surgery at the aquarium under the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute  About Giant Humphead Wrasse: The Giant Humphead Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) Read More …

Ancient bird with beak and teeth blended dinosaur, avian traits

Context: A primitive seabird that prospered about 85 million years ago along the warm, shallow inland sea that once split North America boasted what scientists are calling a surprising blend of traits from its dinosaur ancestors and modern avian characteristics. About Ichthyornis: Four new fossils of Ichthyornis, which had both Read More …

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination – 2018

Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2018 on 03.06.2018 (Sunday) all over India. The Commission has uploaded the e‑Admit Card for the convenience of the admitted candidates on its website (http://www.upsc.gov.in). The candidates are advised to download their e-Admit Cards and take a printout thereof. The admitted Read More …

Must Read News Articles – May 7-2018

‘Return of child to place of habitual residence may not be in best interest’ Panel for revamp of Indo-Nepal treaty Adult couple can live together, says SC Defying the logic of democracy GST’s complicated Continental ambition Rupee is dancing to more tunes this year When NECTAR turned poison for bamboo Read More …