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Bengaluru | Jun 12
The street smartness of urban lizards

Bengaluru, once called the ‘garden city’, has today traded its greenery for the grey tones of cement. The mushrooming buildings have not only changed the city for its human inhabitants but also for animals that once called this land home. Like us, these animals try to adapt to a new and ever-changing world by learning the tricks and trades necessary to thrive. Now, a study by researchers from IISc has discovered that lizards in the city’s suburbs are street smart, and learn faster than their rural brethren, to stay safe.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 19
How mighty are the fig wasps?

Researchers study how fig tree distribution influences fig wasps’ dispersal evolution.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | May 17
The micro effects of Fasting and Feasting

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai have discovered that tiny RNAs, called microRNAs, help our cells to maintain an equilibrium of energy production during states of upheaval—fasting and feasting.

General, Science, Health, Deep-dive
Pune | May 10
Two species of diatoms discovered in Sikkim

What do you get when a trip to Sikkim does not follow the plan, thanks to hectic schedule and unfavourable weather? It's frustration for many; an "Eureka!" moment for some! A trip, meant to meet up with fellow scientists, ended with the discovery of two new species of diatoms—Stauroneis sikkimensis and Stauroneis lepchae.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Mar 14
Tiny RNA lost during domestication created robust rice varieties, shows study.

Tiny RNA lost during domestication created robust rice varieties, shows study by NCBS, Bengaluru. 

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Feb 20
Berries and pomegranate might help fight inflammatory bowel disease, shows study

Researchers from InStem, Bengaluru, CCAMP, Bengaluru, University of Louisville, USA, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, USA and Dalhousie University, Canada have reported that a compound produced during the breakdown of berries and pomegranate in the gut has the potential to reduce inflammatory bowel disease, which affects millions of people across the globe.

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Amritsar | Feb 15
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan, show that cultivating Ashwagandha organically with vermicompost can enrich the soil

Researchers from the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan, show that cultivating Ashwagandha organically with vermicompost can enrich the soil and help in the germination and growth of the plant. 

General, Science, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 30

Researchers from IISc, Bengaluru, and Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs to targeted mammalian cells, using a type of plant virus called sesbania mosaic virus. 

 

General, Science, Technology, Health, Deep-dive
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.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jan 10

Researchers from the IISc and the UAS, Bengaluru, have explained how Salmonella enters a growing plant from the soil. 

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