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Bengaluru | Feb 1
Researchers from IISER, Tirupati, ATREE, Bengaluru, Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Kerala and The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu, studied the changes to the Shola grasslands of the Western Ghats.

Researchers from IISER, Tirupati, ATREE, Bengaluru, Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Kerala and The Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu, studied the factors responsible for the deleterious effects on the Shola grasslands of the Western Ghats.

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Gandhinagar | Jan 29
© S. P. Prizomwala et. al. Scientific Reports vol. 8 Article number: 16816 (2018) CC BY 4.0

Researchers at the Institute of Seismological Research, Gandhinagar M. S. University of Baroda, MG Science Institute, Ahmedabad and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have found evidence of a fourth tsunami event on the coast of Kachchh in western India, which happened about a thousand year ago and was previously undocumented. 

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Jan 26

Imagine you come home to your city and find no one! While it isn’t very probable in human societies, a similar phenomenon called colony collapse disorder is often found in honeybees. Here, worker bees mysteriously start disappearing from their hives, and that leaves no one to do the housekeeping, nursing and foraging. Hence, the honey bee colonies start collapsing.

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Kottayam | Jan 24
Vembanadu Lake  © Balaji.B/ WikiCommons/ CC-BY-SA-2.0

In a first, a study by researchers at the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, has reported that microplastics have been found in the sediments of the Vembanad Lake, a wetland ecosystem recognised internationally by the Ramsar Convention.

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Kharagpur | Jan 23

Researchers from IIT Kharagpur and the Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory, Karad, have found evidence of microbial life in the rock samples of the Koyna-Warna region of western India.

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Kolkata | Jan 21

Researchers from IISER Kolkata, have discovered that stray dogs understand our intentions and respond to them accordingly.

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Thiruvananthapuram | Jan 18
Credit: Vignesh Kamath/Research Matters

A new study suggests that stripes and colourful tails of some lizards may help them ward off predators

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Pune | Jan 16

Researchers at the University of Aizu, Japan, and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, have proposed some improvements to existing monsoon-predicting models that could help precise prediction of the monsoon rains. An accurate monsoon forecast can help farmers plan agricultural activities and have early warning systems in place to prevent the loss of life and property by floods.

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Pune | Jan 16

The year 2018 was exciting for herpetologists in India as over 20 new species of frogs and geckos were discovered here. As we ring in 2019, the excitement continues to live on as researchers from Pune’s Savitribai Phule Pune University and the Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, have discovered a new species of cricket frog from the northern Western Ghats in Maharashtra.

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Dehradun | Jan 14
Credit: T. R. Shankar Raman via WikiCommons/ CC-BY-SA-4.0

Researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, have discovered a new subspecies of hog deer (Axis porcinus) in Northeast India, which was earlier thought to have been found only in southeast Asia.

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