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Bengaluru | Nov 12, 2020
A new technique to study Indian strain of malarial parasite could help in better drug discovery

A female Anopheles stephensi mosquito devouring a blood meal [Image credits: Jim Gathany, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Science
Bengaluru | Oct 19, 2020
Researchers discover three new species of damselflies in the Western Ghats

(a) Shola reedtail (Protosticta sholai) [Image credits: K. A. Subramanian]; (b) blue-legged reedtail (Protosticta cyanofemora) [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]; (c) Myristica reedtail (Protosticta myristicaensis) [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Aug 19, 2020
To move or not to move: It’s a million-dollar question for the butterflies

In a new study, researchers from the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, and SASTRA University, have studied what trade-offs drive movement of butterflies.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
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
Bengaluru | Jul 14, 2020
Understanding the basis of the amazing association between butterflies and ants

For what would a butterfly depend on ants? A recent study explores a complex relationship between an ant and a butterfly.

General, Science, Technology, Ecology, Deep-dive
Mumbai | Jul 1, 2020
Tracing the origins of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS) Bengaluru, Anna University, Chennai and ETH, Zurich uncover the molecular events that lead up to the formation of protein clusters commonly seen in Parkinson’s disease.

 

General, Science, Technology, Health, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 24, 2020
Researchers find three new species of geckos lurking under granite rocks in the Mysore Plateau

In a recent study, herpetologists have discovered three new species of geckos belonging to the genus Cnemaspis. These geckos are thought to be endemic to the rocky granite boulders found in the Mysore plateau region of Karnataka.

 

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Jun 11, 2020
Agriocnemis pygmaea [Image credits: Shantanu Joshi]

In nature, colours are everywhere! Insects, birds, and mammals—all of them have vibrant colours and patterns on their bodies, which not only make them look pretty but play a role in behaviour and survival. Some use their kaleidoscopic looks to attract mates and stand out from their background; others prefer a dull look to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. In some insects, like a few damselflies, males and females are differently coloured. Since the males mostly initiate mating in these insects, this difference in colours helps them to find a mate. A new study has now explored how colours impact the mating behaviour of a species of damselfly, Agriocnemis pygmaea.

General, Science, Ecology, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | May 20, 2020
First-ever study in India investigates a rare type of cancer caused by a virus

In the first-ever study from India, researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru and the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, have analysed how prevalent the Merkel Cell Polyomavirus (MCV) is in India. 

General, Science, Health, Society, Deep-dive
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