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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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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.

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Bengaluru | Jan 10
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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
Annie Santamaria/ Research Matters

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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