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Bengaluru | Jul 9
Drifting continents created monsoon and arid regions in Asia, Africa and Australia, says a recent study

Researchers from China, USA and UK, shed light on the formation and evolution of the Asia-Africa-Australia monsoon and arid regions. They also looked at the factors that controlled them during the Cenozoic Era.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Pune | Jul 8
Researchers discover a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats, name it after Karnataka’s coast

Researchers from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Bengaluru and the Centre for medicinal Plants Research, Kerala have described a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats. They have named the new species Eriocaulon karaavalense, after the Kannada work karaavali (ಕರಾವಳಿ), which translates to ‘the coast’.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Jul 4
Floating plastics: Nothing to be buoyant about

Study details how floating plastic debris can affect physical processes in the oceans 

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Patiala | Jul 1
Here’s how rhiniid flies in the Western Ghats worm their way into termite mounds

Researchers from the University of Guelph, Punjabi University, Patiala and the Natural History Museum of Denmark have found some fascinating facts about the termite-eating behaviour of some rhiniid species.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kerala | Jun 27
Whodunnit? A watchlist of bats that can spread Nipah in India

Researchers use a data-driven approach to identify bat species that could be carriers of the Nipah virus in Kerala.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jun 26
Study explores how free-ranging dogs forage food

Researchers at IISER Kolkata study the behaviour of free-ranging dogs in India to understand their food preferences.

General, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 20
Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

Melting of glaciers in the Himalayas doubled in the last four decades, reveals spy satellite data

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 18
Researchers study the distribution of the Bumphead parrotfish in the corals of Andamans

Researchers from two Bengaluru-based institutes—the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), have studied the distribution and the impact of protected marine areas on Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. After months of data collection by scuba diving and capturing underwater photographs of the seafloor, their findings have now been published in the journal Oryx.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Jun 15

We often hear or read that ‘some species of a bird or animal is going extinct’, or ‘a new species of an amphibian or reptile was discovered in the jungles of the Western Ghats’. However, what exactly do we mean by ‘species’?

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Arunachal Pradesh | Jun 14
Image: Tightly rosetted morph of Asiatic golden cat by Sahil Nijhawan/Panthera/APFD

A team of the local Idu Mishmi people led by Dr Sahil Nijhawan from ZSL and UCL, placed cameras in the jungles of Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh to understand the distribution of medium and large-sized mammals. Among the images, they found many pictures of differently coloured, medium sized cats—all of which were Asiatic golden cats. The study also marks the first discovery of the tightly-rosetted morph of the golden cats in the world.

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