Kiran Seervi

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Great British Science

Telegraph View: The near-miracle that saved a little girl's life is just another reason to be proud of British science<p>The story of Layla Richards, now 17 months old, is a wholly positive one. A child facing what appeared to be certain death from leukaemia is now clear of cancer. This stems from her …

Toxic air in Delhi exposes India’s environment struggle

The air pollution meter buzzed and spat out a stunning result: levels of PM2.5—tiny, toxic particles that lead to respiratory diseases—were 27 times …

Pollution

Our Prehistoric Cousins Had Demonic Skulls

If there’s one conference I can’t bear to miss, it’s the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting. Especially because there’s always at least one image presented during the talks that makes me sit bolt upright in my chair and think “What the hell is <i>that</i>?” A few years ago it was when the …

Paleontology

Antarctica’s ozone hole in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole formed later than usual and had the fourth-largest area measured since the start of the satellite record in …

What is a supermoon lunar eclipse?

On September 27, the moon will enter a phase called the supermoon lunar eclipse - find out what it means with this animation<p>Nasa has released a video to explain an upcoming cosmic display that has only happened four times in the last century.<p>On September 27 2015 the moon will enter a phase called …

Supermoon

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree.<p>A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal <i>eLife</i><i>.</i> <i>Homo …

National Geographic Wins UN's Top Environmental Award

“Champions of the Earth” award given for leadership in research and education.<p>The National Geographic Society has been honored with the top environmental award from the United Nations, for efforts in research and education around issues of sustainability.<p>The nonprofit society is one of four …

Human Evolution 101

Find out more about the origins of our species.<p>The origins of humankind have long fascinated scientists and the public alike—but the topic can get confusing. Here are answers to a few common questions.<p><b>Why are scientists certain that human evolution happened?</b><p>For a number of reasons. We share nearly …

Which Animals Have the Longest Claws?

Hint: They're not necessarily big cats.<p>We really dug our claws into this Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week, asked by Judy Eastwood: "What animal has the longest and shortest toenails?”<p>There isn’t much data on the subject, especially for shorter toenails, but we took a closer look at a …

12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

Killers? Hippies? Toolmakers? Chefs? Scientists have trouble agreeing on the essence of humanity—and when and how we acquired it.<p>What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about <i>Homo sapiens</i> that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how …

Video From Inside a Crocodile’s Mouth

Nature

India’s rabid dog problem is running the country ragged

The WHO wants to eliminate rabies in Asia by 2020. But how, when India accounts for more than one third of the world’s total rabies deaths? Mary-Rose Abraham reports.<p>A pile of puppies cower under a parked car. The men grab one, but two escape down the street, forcing them to give chase. Five …

Public Health

Night on Saturn

As on Earth – and the moon and all worlds in our solar system – night on planet Saturn is made by Saturn’s own shadow.<p>At times when the moon is a …

What Are The Real Risks of Bioweapons Research?

The Pentagon accidentally mailing plague and anthrax, it turns out<p>After a scandal-plagued summer, last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that some of the Pentagon’s labs responsible for bioweapons research had accidentally sent out, well, plague. This comes after several …

NASA’s SDO catches a double eclipse

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory sees dozens of Earth eclipses and several lunar transits each year. On September 13, 2015, it saw the two happening …

Astronomy

Apple may launch iPad Air 3 this year after all

The lack of an iPad Air 3 at last week’s Apple event was a surprise to some people, despite what we had heard along the way.<p>According to a new set of rumors, however, Apple hasn’t forgotten about its third-generation iPad Air for the 2015/2016 product cycle and will, in fact, be launching just such …

IPad Air