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Chennai | Jul 9, 2020
Researchers discover a new species of ribbon worm from Chennai’s Kovalam beach

Tetrastemma freyae [Image credits: Mohandhas S Vignesh]

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Dehradun | Jul 6, 2020
Small but significant: Counting India’s elusive small cats

Rusty-spotted cat ((Prionailurus rubiginosus) [Image Credits: David V Raju / CC BY-SA]

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jun 28, 2020
With humans around, dogs on the street tend to be friendlier

Researchers show how free-ranging dogs modify their behaviour and personalities based on our presence in urban areas.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Pune | Jun 26, 2020
The capers in your pasta are a lot more different than you think

Ever looked at those tiny, green, olive-like capers in your pasta and wondered where they come from? Capers, also called Capparis, is the largest genera in the Capparaceae plant family and consists of around 139 species spread across the tropics. Found in arid habitats, these plants are mostly shrubs, and their flower buds and fruits are widely used as a pickled condiment. In a recent study, researchers from Pune's Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) and China's Zhejiang University have explored the genetic traits of two varieties of capers—spinosa and herbacea

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 24, 2020
Researchers find three new species of geckos lurking under granite rocks in the Mysore Plateau

In a recent study, herpetologists have discovered three new species of geckos belonging to the genus Cnemaspis. These geckos are thought to be endemic to the rocky granite boulders found in the Mysore plateau region of Karnataka.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 11, 2020
Agriocnemis pygmaea [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]

In nature, colours are everywhere! Insects, birds, and mammals—all of them have vibrant colours and patterns on their bodies, which not only make them look pretty but play a role in behaviour and survival. Some use their kaleidoscopic looks to attract mates and stand out from their background; others prefer a dull look to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. In some insects, like a few damselflies, males and females are differently coloured. Since the males mostly initiate mating in these insects, this difference in colours helps them to find a mate. A new study has now explored how colours impact the mating behaviour of a species of damselfly, Agriocnemis pygmaea.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 3, 2020
In the Himalaya, forests converted into farmlands might be beneficial for winter birds

Vast swathes of forests in many countries are being converted into agricultural lands to meet the ever-increasing food demand. India has increased its croplands by 56% from 1880 to 2010 while losing a whopping 26 million hectares of forest land during the same period.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 1, 2020
New insights on the evolution of cheetahs may help decide the best move on reintroduction

A study published in the journal Scientific Reports probes the evolutionary relationship between cheetahs.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 27, 2020
Native forests or single-species plantations: What's better for addressing climate change?

In a recent study researchers have assessed the ability of natural forest species and single-species (monoculture) plantations to capture and store carbon over a long period. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 19, 2020
Using virtual reality to understand how insects fly

Study uses three-dimensional simulations to understand how flying insects navigate their terrain

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
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