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Nov 17

Kopi Luwak, a coffee variant believed to be of Indonesian origin, has gained popularity all over the world over the last few years. The reason for its popularity is attributed to the factors such as flavour and texture which is achieved through a unique process—digestion of the coffee beans by Asian palm civet.

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Nov 10

If ever the Beatles were to be formed again, they would definitely agree to rope in field crickets, the distant rockstar relatives of grasshoppers, into their influential band. The male members of the Gryllidae family are noted in the animal world for the music they make with their forewings. As the sun goes down and the dark is welcome, the musical concert of adult male field crickets goes live. Some sing continuous trills, the others produce periodic chirps to enchant the ladies of their own species for mating.

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Bengaluru | Nov 9

Researchers at IISc, Bengaluru, claims that wind turbines, installed to harness renewable energy from the wind, are instead creating deleterious effects on predatory birds and their prey. 

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Bengaluru | Nov 5

Researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, University of Leeds, UK, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, traced some of the misinformed decisions that were made in the past about trying to grow forests in the shola-grassland landscapes of the Nilgiris.

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Nov 3

Dolphins ‘see’ using sound, like bats. Each individual has a signature whistle that is unique to them, sort of like a name. They sleep with half their brain awake, and their eyes operate independently of each other. Oh, and they have an infanticidal streak.

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Bengaluru | Oct 31
Photo: Anuradha Batabyal

In a recent study published in the journal General and Comparative Endocrinology, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have described how urbanisation is shaping the social behaviour and strategies of lizards. The researchers conducted their studies on the South Indian rock agama (Psammophilus dorsalis), a common resident of rocky hills in South India.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands | Oct 30
Photo: Vignesh Kamath/Research Matters

Researchers from the Stellenbosch University, South Africa, tried to map the invasion history of the Indian bullfrog (Hoplobatrachus tigerinus) from the early 2000s, which was when it was first reported in the islands.

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Oct 20

The beauty of nature lies in its resilience. A testament to this is Japan’s Pale Grass Blue Butterfly, Zizeeria maha. It’s ability to become radiation resistant by undergoing adaptive evolution is a metamorphosis catalysed by tragic beginnings.

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Kottayam | Oct 18

Researchers from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, report that the diversity of earthworms enriches the carbon content of the soil.

 

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Pune | Oct 17
Photo: Michael Eisen/CC BY-2.0

Researchers from IISER Pune, have reported that environment and evolution can influence the ‘dispersal syndrome’ in fruit flies. This study was supported by the DST, Government of India.

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