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Jan 12

Have you ever chanced upon a tiny spider in your garden, or perhaps on the wall of an old building, that swiftly jumped away as soon as you noticed it? Chances are that you spotted a spider of the Salticidae family. Jumping spiders, as they are commonly termed, are known for their leaping abilities, active hunting behaviour and impressive vision. It is hard to imagine that these wee arachnids have evolved a complex system of signalling using colours.

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Bengaluru | Jan 10
Photo: © Aiwok/ WikiCommons/ CC BY-SA 3.0

Researchers from IISc, Bengaluru, and the Kerala Forest Department, have reported the presence of the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, in two species of Indian monkeys.

 

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Bengaluru | Jan 7
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Researchers at the NCBS, Bengaluru, studied how Swallowtails evolves and changes its appearance and colour at various stages of its elaborate life cycle to develop their colour defence strategies.

 

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Bengaluru | Jan 3
The local favourites of 2018

The new year is here and we are still revelling in the spirits of 2018! One of our significant initiatives of 2018 was communicating science in regional languages so that the compelling science stories reach far and wide, breaking language barriers. After our debut with Kannada, we scored big with Hindi, Marathi and Assamese. The year 2019 holds more promise and we are all excited about it! Here we present a selected list of stories that were our top ‘local flavours’.

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Bengaluru | Dec 31
India’s year in Science 2018

As we bid adieu to 2018 and welcome 2019, here is a snapshot of India’s year in science. From remarkable satellite launches, scientific breakthroughs and a cocktail of controversies, the year that went by was eventful for various reasons. Here is an attempt to travel down the memory line, reflecting on what we saw and what we could learn. While this is not an extensive list and in no way ranked, it is an attempt to highlight India’s year in science.

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Bengaluru | Dec 30
The year in Science – 2018 | Research Matters

The year 2018 was marked by exciting discoveries and inventions in the field of medical sciences, life sciences, archeology, physical sciences, and planetary sciences. While some are headline-hitting, most are crucial in cementing our understanding of various tenets in these areas. As we come close to bidding goodbye to 2018, here is a sneak-peek into the trendsetters in science in this year, in no particular order.

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Dec 29

Tweet tweet…Chirp chirp..

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Bengaluru | Dec 28
Image: Vignesh Kamath/ Research Matters

Over 8.7 million species are known to be found on Earth today, and many scientists believe that we have only scratched the surface.

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Bengaluru | Dec 27
Reader’s choice - Popular articles on Research Matters for 2018

You asked it and here we have! Wondering what was popular on Research Matters in 2018? Following are our top-ten stories that gained traction by readers like you. Thank you for your support and hope to see it continue in the years to come.

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Bengaluru | Dec 27
Photo: Royle’s pika by Sabuj Bhattacharyya

Researchers from IISc have found evidence that climate change is threatening the mountain-dwelling Royle’s pika.

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