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Apr 20

Water is essential in biochemical processes needed for the survival of living organisms. Humans can survive without water for about 2-7 days. However, there exists an animal so resilient that it can withstand water scarcity for decades! Tardigrades, also called water bears, are small aquatic animals that are about 1.2 mm long with a head and four pairs of clawed legs, looking like cute little gummy bears.

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Mumbai | Apr 11
The world’s ‘third pole’ might have 27% less ice than thought previously, reveals study

Researchers from Switzerland, Germany, Austria and India have calculated the distribution of ice thickness or the volume of ice in the glaciers present across the globe.

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Mumbai | Apr 3
Researchers from IITB identify a bacterial strain that prefers aromatic pollutants over sugar as food

Researchers identify a bacterial strain that prefers aromatic pollutants over sugar as food 

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Mar 23

One of the greatest threats to biodiversity is the fragmentation or breaking apart of habitats. Climate change, volcanic eruptions and other geological processes can gradually modify the area in which a species finds food, shelter, and mates. By natural selection and adaptation, speciation occurs, adding to the richness of life. Conversely, human activities of deforestation, agriculture and urbanisation have accelerated habitat loss to such a degree that species are unable to adapt to the changes, leading to ecosystem decay and, ultimately, extinction.

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New Delhi | Mar 21
Too hot to work? It’s the warming climate to blame and that’s threatening crops too

Researchers from IIT Delhi have found that variations in temperature affect crop production and worker efficiency—two crucial pillars of India’s economy.

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Bengaluru | Mar 19
Uncovering the gentle giants: The difference in the personalities of male and female Asian elephants

Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland describe some interesting differences in the personalities of male and female Asian elephants.

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Bengaluru | Mar 14
Researchers identify hotspots and coolspots of human activities threatening wildlife

Researchers from the USA, Australia and Canada identified some of the ‘hotspots’ and ‘coolspots’ of human activities in the world and analysed the impact of these activities on threatened and near-threatened wildlife.

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Bengaluru | Mar 12
IISc researchers describe a new starry frog from the Western Ghats

An international collaboration of researchers, including two from IISc Bengaluru, have described a new starry frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana from the Western Ghats.

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Dehradun | Mar 11
Jumbos in trouble: Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat, says study

An international team of researchers from India, Spain, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy and Germany have examined how climate change and human activities are affect the distribution of the Asian elephants in India and Nepal.

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Anantapur | Mar 11
Study shows that climate impacts from rice cultivation are large but can be reduced drastically

Oryza sativa, or rice, is the staple food of more than half the world’s population and supports the livelihoods of around 145 million households. Since its domestication thousands of years ago, rice has played an essential role in shaping civilisations. However, present-day practices of rice cultivation may harm the planet's climate, shows a recent study conducted in India.

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