"Elephant taunting" is now a thing in India

Environmentalist website Conservation India is reporting on the rise of a new and disturbing spectator sport that has emerged in south India's Coimbatore forests. It's the practice of "elephant taunting," a bizarre and incredibly dangerous activity in which onlookers harass elephants to the point of retaliation. The… » 1/17/13 8:40am 1/17/13 8:40am

Should Bollywood director Vikram Bhaat be your new cult icon?

Director/producer Vikram Bhaat just signed a deal to produce five new films that will "push the boundaries of the science fiction, thriller and horror genres." He's directing two of them himself, including a science fiction action movie and one that's described a his "most ambitious project." Time to get excited yet? » 11/22/12 11:06am 11/22/12 11:06am

Over a dozen reasons why this Indian superhero makes Batman look like…

Batman is normally bandied about as the paragon of all the superheroes — he's resourceful, has the best gadgets, and can make guano rain down upon his foes with but a snap of his fingers. But Batman pales in comparison to the serpentine Indian beefcake Nagraj, who possesses basically every damn superpower out there,… » 9/12/12 8:50am 9/12/12 8:50am

How genetically modified crops are helping poor farmers in India

The debate about widespread use of genetically modified crops is still contentious. On one hand, you have the strong-arm tactics from the likes of the Monsanto corporation. On the other, there are stories like this. By using a special form of genetically modified cotton, smallhold farmers in India have been able to… » 7/06/12 6:45am 7/06/12 6:45am

Remember when Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman teamed up to fight an…

Here's an artifact from quite the bygone era. Many years ago, someone decided to publish a bootleg comic starring the Indian superhero Nagraj and his three friends, Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. Together, they had to fight a dwarf mage from outer space and are forced to murder a WWF wrestler with the help of an… » 4/18/12 2:05pm 4/18/12 2:05pm

Alan Dean Foster's near-future India novel gets a movie deal... in Hong…

Prolific author Alan Dean Foster has sold the movie rights to his novel Sagramanda: A Novel of Near Future India, to the Hong Kong-based Agog Film Productions. According to Filmbiz Asia, Agog plans to start production "immediately," filming in Hong Kong and India, and the movie will be out in 2014. (So this isn't just… » 3/20/12 12:30pm 3/20/12 12:30pm

Holy crap, does this worm-like amphibian lay terrifying eggs

In the soils of northeastern India, researchers from Delhi University have uncovered an entirely new family of amphibians. Meet the Chikilidae, which belong to an earthworm-like order of amphibians known as caecilians. Seven new species of Chikilidae were uncovered by the team, who recently published their findings… » 2/22/12 1:10pm 2/22/12 1:10pm

Snake charmer protests bureaucratic inertia with a fistful of cobras

After failing to secure a plot of land for his reptilian pets, a snake charmer named Hakkul released a bunch of his wriggling companions — including several venomous cobras — inside a tax office in India's Uttar Pradesh state. According to the serpent tamer, he had been promised a plot to keep the reptiles, but the… » 12/03/11 8:45am 12/03/11 8:45am