Studying the behaviour of these frogs provides invaluable information about how frog species evolved to adapt to surroundings in the past, and where they might be headed to in the future.
“The minute you compromise, you’re neither here nor there. I’m never a supporter of creches at the workplace. Your work will be compromised.”
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Pelagibacter ubique is one of the most abundant bacteria on the planet and has also evolved to possess one of the smallest genomes in nature. Is there a link between these traits?
Those engaged in agricultural work – such as working in the fields and grazing animals – as well as nomads and forest workers have been particularly vulnerable to lightning deaths.
Deaths due to heat waves in India are usually reported as class- and gender-neutral numbers, hiding the irony of global warming that those least responsible for it are affected the most by it.
With a better understanding of how human intervention affects oil-eating bacteria, we may be able to reap more benefit from their natural oil-degrading abilities.
A series exploring the natural history of Earth, beginning with the formation of our Solar System, moving on through asteroid impacts and mass extinctions, and ending with the human impact on the environment.
Hidden away in two tables in an urban masterplan are entries that hint at the impending flooding woes of North Chennai.
Given the high level of economic inequality in the country intensified by successive droughts in recent years, a rethink of the human-environment relationship is required.
Colour blind vision might actually be an advantage in some situations. After all, colour signals can be overwhelming, leading us to pay more attention to colours than patterns.
Sexual reproduction is widespread on Earth but its evolutionarily wasteful features beg the question: Is it worth it? A study on a special subspecies of honeybee reaffirms this question as one of biology’s greatest paradoxes.
In Berlin, the two had allegedly shown interest only in each other and even tried to steal eggs from another couple in order to rear the chick together.
The fate of Himachal’s monkeys are sub judice. Maharashtra and Telangana have killed hundreds of boars. At the moment, it seems innovative and long-term solutions will only be found after this year’s gunfire.
A new survey of artificial lighting has found that a third of humanity can’t see the Milky Way at night, and 80% of all people live under light-polluted skies.
A 200-year-old witness record of a well-fought semi-aquatic battle between electric eels and horses has mesmerised as many as it has surprised. Now, a biologist wants to lay some of the doubts to rest.
An agreement to protect the ozone layer is being seen as a major new development.
“It’s the images that sell a film, if you don’t have those, you’re dead in the water. So we thought, what about the effects on big charismatic animals, the baleen whales that feed on plankton?”
Researchers report that the monsoons may not have been directly responsible for dissipating the Harappan settlements as much as what they drove in turn: changing which crops were planted.
Riding hard on its promise of a better India, the BJP government has consistently spoken on creating ‘ease of doing business’. And the way to do this, the government seems to think, is by dissolving clearance regimes.
Temperature impacts on worker productivity may be more pronounced and widespread in sectors such as agriculture because exposure may be higher and adaptation possibilities more limited.
Hybrids can damage local plants by serving as bridges to exchange genes between native and non-native species. This can lead to a genetic “melting pot” where the identity of the native species is blurred beyond recognition.
A visit to a secluded and well-protected rescue centre reveals how the approach to the rescue and rehabilitation of leopards has evolved considerably since efforts first began around 2000.
As sea levels rise due to climate change, planners across the world are debating the best ways to protect their coasts.
Although India is no stranger to extreme heat at this time of year, the smog has kept record-breaking high temperatures at bay – until now.
Biologists have long debated whether giraffes extended their necks first and then evolved the heart adaptations to counter the difficulties posed by the long necks.
These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing.
Stories of feral children are widely disputed because the ability of other animals to raise human children calls many long-standing assumptions about human uniqueness and superiority into question.
We have hit a roadblock when it comes to finding the full range of microbes that surround us and inhabit us. From here on out, progress can be made only by innovation.
A new study has significant implications for theories about the production of the simple molecules required for life – on Earth and beyond.
It’s a great example of how geography and climate are linked: one small strip of newly-created land that helped changed the planet forever.
No normal tiger approaches a fallen man, drags and guards a corpse defiantly and eats it, and kills victims with a bite to the neck.
Did vested interests centred around wildlife tourism in Ranthambore conspire to send away a tiger whose presence was bad for business?
Urbanisation is a new selective force that is changing the composition of animal communities tremendously.
How does a plant digest its prey? What molecular processes aid digestion? A group of German scientists worked to solve the mysteries of the Venus flytrap.
A pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government is providing farmers with biogas equipment at a subsidised rate.
Given the challenges of climate change, deep agrarian distress and malnutrition, it is time to learn from a knowledge system that is built on the experiences of farmers.
Even if the rainmaking mountain is not itself geoengineering, it still raises many issues of ambition and hubris.
In the brimming potpourri of factors that encouraged the evolution of Homo sapiens, the extinction of dinosaurs also plays an important role.
None of self-mutilation, cannibalism, bondage and genital plugging among the spiders surprised the researchers as much as the males performing oral sex as well.