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Bengaluru | Dec 17, 2019
Study shows zebrafish use visual cues to find food in turbid water

Delhi’s winter haze is infamous for disrupting the air, railway and road traffic. With visibility dropping to near zero on a few days, life-threatening accidents spike during this season. Animals, on the other hand, seem to have a trick up their sleeves—they use sounds or visual cues to help them ‘see’ through low-visibility conditions. But what about fish? Can they navigate through turbid waters? Indeed, says a study by researchers at two Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), Mohali and Kolkata. The researchers have shown, for the first time, how zebrafish find food in turbid waters.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Dec 9, 2019
For these ants, the road to their new nest is almost never long

Study shows how a species of Indian ants choose the shortest path when they relocate their nest.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Oct 11, 2019
Speaking a million words in a single gaze

Study finds how pet dogs, shelter dogs and free-ranging dogs react to human gaze.

General, Science, Society, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jun 26, 2019
Study explores how free-ranging dogs forage food

Researchers at IISER Kolkata study the behaviour of free-ranging dogs in India to understand their food preferences.

General, Ecology, Society, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Feb 13, 2019
IISER Kolkata and McMaster University, Canada, studied a model of coexistence among bacteria

Researchers from IISER Kolkata and McMaster University, Canada, have studied a model of coexistence among bacteria.

General, Science, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jan 21, 2019

Researchers from IISER Kolkata, have discovered that stray dogs understand our intentions and respond to them accordingly.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Nov 20, 2018

“When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do”, said Walt Disney. And, one such thing Dr Anindita Bhadra, now an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata), did during her later PhD days was to curiously analyse huge amounts of observational data on small colonies of paper wasps (Ropalidia marginata).

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Aug 8, 2018
Pictures: Dr Manabi Paul and Prof Anindita Bhadra (a) a dog family that was part of this research  (b) a male dog (putative father) playing with pups  (c) The researchers: Dr Manabi Paul and Prof Anindita Bhadra

Some curse them, throw stones at them, beat them, and even kill them, while a few pet them and form a special bond!  Domestic dogs, or Canis lupus familiaris, are known to be our 'best friends'. Yet, nearly 70-80% of the 90 crore dogs globally, about 70 crores, are free-ranging and include stray and feral dogs.  How do they survive and thrive in the dangerous streets without our active care?  It turns out, just like us, they have a 'family' that makes it possible.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Kolkata | Jul 20, 2018

A recent study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, has resulted in the development of a novel molecular ‘switch’ that turns on in the presence of specific proteins.

General, Science, News
Kolkata | May 18, 2018

The brain is an extremely delicate organ that, like a glass artefact, needs many layers to protect it from injury. Besides the skull, the brain has three protective tissue layers called meninges. They form a protective covering around the entire central nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord, and help to regulate different functions of the brain.

General, Science, Health, News
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