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Bengaluru | Aug 12, 2020
Pierrot butterflies take scientists from museum collections to the outdoors and back!

In a study, researchers have resolved the taxonomic challenge of butterflies in the Tarucus genus, also called Pierrots.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 11, 2020
Toxic pollutants in the air are taking the toll on pollinating insects

For years, chemicals in pesticides were thought to be the culprits, leading to the mass death of insects. Now, a new study has found that toxic pollutants in the air are equally responsible for this misery. Much like in humans, polluted air is affecting the survival, behaviour, health and genes of pollinating insects, honey bees in this case.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Thiruvananthapuram | Aug 10, 2020
Amidst the alluring colour and scents, here’s how butterflies pick their flower

Plants have many tricks in their hat to attract pollinators—vivid colours, attractive scents, exciting shapes and patterns, heat and also electric potential. But what is fascinating is how these pollinators process these attractive cues from various plants to pick which flower to visit. If you love chocolates, which one would you choose in a big bag of assorted chocolates? Well, most pollinators must have a similar dilemma. Now, a recent study throws some insights into how insects process so many cues from flowers.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Patna | Aug 5, 2020

A recent study presents a success story of controlling the spread of Kala-azar in Bihar.

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Mumbai | Aug 3, 2020

In a recent study, a team of international researchers have analysed how defects in hexagonal boron nitride can help in boosting the performance of electronic devices.

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Bengaluru | Jul 31, 2020
Remote diagnosis of retinopathy with an easy, low-cost smartphone-based tool

A recent study shows how a smartphone-based tool can be effectively turned into an eye-examination device. This device can take not only retinal photos but also detect early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

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Bengaluru | Jul 30, 2020
Confined without boundaries: The tale of the Andaman day geckos

The big, bright, green-coloured Andaman day gecko is a sight to behold; only that, you have to go all the way to the Andaman Islands to get a glimpse of it. Endemic to the islands, these geckos live in trees and are active during the day. Thanks to cash crops grown on these islands today, they can be found in plenty, feeding on bananas, coconuts and betel nuts. They belong to the genus called Phelsuma, believed to have evolved from Madagascar, an island about 6000 km away from the Andamans! A new study has traced their evolutionary history and has thrown some light on how they differ from the other geckos in the Andamans.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 29, 2020
Do differing opinions affect the management of human-animal conflicts?

People see human-animal conflicts as a fight between two species on opposing sides. However, in reality, the human aspect also has multiple dimensions. In some cases, there are two groups—the affected public—and the forest department staff, who manage and mitigate it; in others, more such groups. One of the frequent human-animal conflicts is that between humans and monkeys, especially the rhesus macaque, whose population is widespread in many cities. Now, a study by researchers shows that differences in people's opinions on mitigating such conflicts could instead be adding to the conflict.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jul 28, 2020
Azure lockdown skies resulted in higher solar power generation, study shows

In a recent study, researchers show how cleaner air during the lockdown in Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, has led to a hike in solar power generation.

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Mumbai | Jul 27, 2020

In a recent study, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have examined how the structure of leaves of the taro plant (Colocasia esculenta) helps in repelling water. 

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