The lowdown on falling water reserves

Context: India’s groundwater resources have been over exploited, as experts have been warning for some time now.  A Sample Assessment: According to a sample assessment in 2011, groundwater in 19 of India’s 71 districts — about 26% — were critical or exploited, meaning that nearly as much or more water Read More …

‘Beast from The East’ – the science behind Europe’s Siberian chill

Context: The so-called “Beast from the East” has arrived in the UK, bringing unusually cold weather – about 7°C colder than the historical average for this time of year. Wind chill is making temperatures feel particularly arctic. Coriolis effect: The movement of air across the globe, and the weather it brings with Read More …

Solar storms and L1 point

Context: A group of researchers from Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have, for the first time, figured out the conditions under which certain types of solar storms can flow towards the earth and affect its atmosphere. This is important because such storms contain charged particles travelling at very high speeds Read More …

The river-linking plan

Context: The government is all set to begin work on an estimated $87 billion plan to connect around 60 of India’s largest rivers; this includes the Ganga. Once complete, it is expected to help end farmers’ dependence on fickle monsoon rains, bring millions of hectares of cultivable land under irrigation Read More …

‘Hottest’ planet in universe discovered

Scientists have discovered the hottest known planet located 650 light years from Earth, which is warmer than most stars in the universe and sports a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet. The Jupiter-like planet orbits a massive star KELT-9 every day and a half, researchers said. With a day-side Read More …