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Jan 19

I can’t swim. Imagine that you can’t either. Also, imagine that you fall into this big body of water. You are drowning. The water is slowly filling into your lungs. They say it can take from minutes to hours. But, who are ‘they’? ‘They’, who you can see and hear and are on the banks of that big body of water. ‘They’ are standing on the hard surface, while you are trying to grab onto something, or find a footrest somewhere. However, you can’t because you’re drowning, and you don’t want to. Perhaps, ‘they’ also don’t want you to die.

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Bengaluru | Jan 18
Credit: Annie Megan Santamaria/ Gubbi Labs

Study investigates the abnormalities in the brain of a patient with a neurodegenerative disorder

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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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Dhanbad | Jan 17
Photo: Annie Santamaria/Gubbi Labs

In a recent study, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad have developed a blood glucose sensor to monitor blood sugar using light. It can measure a wide range of values of blood glucose, between 10 to 200 mg/dl, say the researchers. The average blood sugar level in healthy adults when fasting is between 70 to 120 mg/dl.

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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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Bhubaneswar | Jan 14

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar studied the pattern of winter rainfall over the last century.

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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 11

Sperman helped himself to a short break. He had tirelessly divided and divided for the last couple of days, that he had lost sight of where he was! Feeling thoroughly drained, he looked around hoping to find someone to ask for help. But, no one seemed to be bothered!

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