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Oct 21, 2021

Plastics are stubborn trash and non-biodegradable. Yet, did you know our indiscriminate use of plastics has now permeated our oceans as well?

According to the United Nations, 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based debris. Our waterways carry tonnes of waste — mainly discarded plastics and industrial waste —into the seas. Apart from that, ships and fishing boats dump discarded cargo, fishing nets and other debris into the sea.

General, Science, Ecology, SciQs
Oct 13, 2021

Have you ever wondered why some of us are mosquito magnets? It is well established that only female mosquitoes bite because they need protein from our blood to nourish their eggs. And, they are picky about their blood meal; look for several factors in their target before digging their proboscis.

Science is still figuring out the complex mechanisms behind their bias, and it turns out to be no less than rocket science.

Science, SciQs
Bengaluru | Oct 7, 2021
Comparative maps showing the extent of ONEs and wasteland categories in India;  Blackbuck - an endemic species of ONEs Original pictures of Map and Blackbuck - Authors of the paper

Research Matters caught up with Dr M D Madhusudan, one of the researchers involved in developing a high-resolution map of Open Natural Ecosystems (ONEs) in India, to gain insights into their work. Here are excerpts from the interview.

General, Science, Ecology, Catching up, Featured
Bengaluru | Oct 6, 2021
A cholesterol aid inside cells to sense serotonin levels outside

Researchers have identified that Lysine (K101) in the CRAC I region of the Serotonin receptor binds to cholesterol in the cell membrane and stabilizes its interaction with the receptor. 

General, Science, Deep-dive
Canberra, Australia | Oct 1, 2021
Strong social networks important for better healthcare access, says study on widows

A study identifies that social networking plays a vital role in enhancing healthcare access for older widows in Kottayam, Kerala.

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Sep 30, 2021

1. Asteroids are relics from the time the solar system was born
Billions of years ago, when the solar system was forming, space dust and debris fused to form rocks and rubble. As the rocks churned, they rammed into one another, merged and formed planets and moons.
Asteroids are the leftover rubble from those times. They have remained unchanged over billions of years.

General, Science, SciQs, Infographics
Bengaluru | Sep 24, 2021
Friend or foe? Study shows fan-throated lizards could be evolving novel behaviours to avoid a brawl

Researchers find that altered signalling patterns for survival by a fan-throated lizard species could be setting the stage for its evolution

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Sep 23, 2021
How severe is one’s Covid-19 infection?

Researchers use mass spectrometry to determine the intensity of Covid-19 infection. 

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Kyoto, Japan | Sep 20, 2021
Elephant’s tail tresses can tell their stress tales

Researchers measure the levels of stress hormones in the tail-hair of Asian elephants as a technique to monitor their health and well-being.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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