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Kolkata | Jun 6
Tracing the footsteps of aphids to save India’s mustard crops

Researchers from Bose Institute, Kolkata, investigated the effect of air circulation and the varying climatic conditions on the mustard aphids that migrate across the Indo-Gangetic Plains in Northern India. The authors traced the pests’ exact origin by studying the backward courses of air movement along known migratory routes.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 5
Beating the Blues of Air Pollution this World Environment Day

Every year, the 5th of June is observed as the World Environment Day to “encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment”. For 2019, the theme is ‘Air Pollution’, and the host country is China. On this occasion, Research Matters caught up with three leading scientists from the country that are actively pursuing research on different aspects of air pollution. The three researchers, Prof. A R Ravishankara, Prof. S K Satheesh and Prof. Navakanta Bhat shared their work and thoughts on the ‘burning’ problem of air pollution.

General, Science, Ecology, Health, Society, Deep-dive, Featured
New Delhi | Jun 4
The art of crafting insect-specific pesticides using machine learning

Researchers from the IIITD, CSIR-IMT and DU designed NeuroPIpred, a web-based tool that uses machine learning techniques to craft insect-specific pesticides.

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mysuru | Jun 3
From bulbuls to hornbills—Why do forests need them all?

Researchers from the Nature Conservation Foundation, explored organisation of plants and fruit-eating bird communities of the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. They observed 43 plant species and 48 bird species in the region, and have identified the different networks formed between the trees and their avian seed dispersers.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Jun 1

Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a free-floating perennial aquatic plant, native to the Amazon basin in South America. The beautiful, large, purple flowers make it a favourite ornamental plant. However, its beauty is only surface deep, since it has a bad reputation of being one of the worst aquatic weeds in the world.

General, Science, Ecology, Scitoons, SciQs
Bengaluru | May 31
Bengaluru’s parks brim with birds and butterflies, finds study

Bengaluru’s decreasing tree cover and expanding concrete jungle in recent decades paints a grim picture of the city’s biodiversity. The tales of sparrows nesting on the roofs, parakeets pecking on the juiciest fruit in the backyard tree or the myriad coloured butterflies dancing in the garden are now fragments of imagination! So where have all the birds, animals and insects gone?

General, Science, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 30
Researchers study the economics of implementing maternal health programs through self-help groups

Researchers at the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Bengaluru, have assessed the cost effectiveness of a self-help group program, called Parivartan, in Bihar. They studied the economics of implementing maternal health programs through self-help groups.

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
Himachal Pradesh | May 28
Here’s how machine learning could help in choosing the best policy for forest management

Forests, with their rich biodiversity, play a critical role not only in the ecology of a region but also in social systems that involve humans. Researchers from the University of Illinois, USA, used artificial intelligence to evaluate the forest management policies in Himachal Pradesh, India.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
May 25

Today, a majority of us are glued to our smartphones. In the midst of swiping and scrolling through our social media applications, little would we know about an entire community that exists right at the tip of our fingers -- the social community of bacteria on our screen that is a ‘social network’ on its own!

General, Science, Health, Scitoons, SciQs
Kanpur | May 21

Researchers at the Indian Institutes of Technology at Kharagpur and Kanpur, and also from Princeton University, USA, have designed a model, based on social networks of voters, to make reliable predictions on the ‘surprise’ element of election results and suggest possibilities of decreasing it.

General, Science, Society, Deep-dive