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Kerala | Jun 27, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019

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, 2019
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.

General, Science, Ecology, News
Bengaluru | Jun 12, 2019
The street smartness of urban lizards

Bengaluru, once called the ‘garden city’, has today traded its greenery for the grey tones of cement. The mushrooming buildings have not only changed the city for its human inhabitants but also for animals that once called this land home. Like us, these animals try to adapt to a new and ever-changing world by learning the tricks and trades necessary to thrive. Now, a study by researchers from IISc has discovered that lizards in the city’s suburbs are street smart, and learn faster than their rural brethren, to stay safe.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 11, 2019
Meet Micryletta aishani, the new frog from the northeast that plays hide-and-seek with monsoon

The monsoon is here; humming with the pouring rain are the croaks of frogs, for it is the season of love for most of them. But not for Micryletta aishani, the newest of the frogs discovered from the state of Assam. Unlike most frogs that breed during the monsoon, this elusive frog breeds before the onset of monsoon and then goes into hiding for the rest of the year. The discovery is the result of six years of extensive fieldwork in the northeastern states of India by a team of researchers from the University of Delhi, Wildlife Institute of India, Indonesian Institute of Sciences and the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. 

General, Science, Ecology
Jun 8, 2019

It is the 21st century, and human beings have transcended their lives far from ordinary. And yet, the origin of life on Earth is still one of the greatest mysteries of all times. Until now, biology explained the origin of life as the formation of the cell, ultimately creating every living organism on the planet. However, the plausibility of this theory has been challenged by a new one that casts the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics—an essential part of physics.

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Aizawl | Jun 7, 2019
Researchers describe a new genus and species of rain-loving snake from Northeast India

Researchers from NCBS, NHM, WII, Mizoram University, Pachunga University College, and IISc have documented a new genus and species of Natricine snake from Northeast India. 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive