The giving tree (mother nature) and our consumerist attitude

An Opinion Piece by Anshika Singh: Recently, I was storytelling with my three-and-a-half year-old son. I felt sorry for our coming generation in so many ways. It was a very famous story known as “The giving tree” by Shel Silverstein, which describes beautifully how the consumerist attitude of human beings destroy not only our mother nature but also leaves us…

Beyond every scar, is an untold story of SURVIVAL ಪ್ರತಿ ಗಾಯದ ಗುರುತಿನ ಹಿಂದೆ ಒಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾಗದ ಕಥೆ ಇದೆ

By Geetha G T – As we know, holometabolous insects undergo four different life stages; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The larva/caterpillar/maggot is the feeding stage. After feeding for a certain time, the larva enfolds itself into a pupal case where the larva undergoes an extreme transformation. The adult that develops from the pupa is completely different from the larva.…

What we didn’t know about lichen

by Gauri Gharpure – Lichen are one of the best known examples of mutualism (or symbiosis in scientific terms). They are organisms formed of a photosynthesizing partner (usually cyanobacteria or algae) and a “housing” and/or structural fungal partner (usually Ascomycota). Together they make intricate structures called thalli (sing. thallus) that can exist in many different forms: crustose, which adhere very…

NICE on TV

Recently, our research on the impacts of air pollution on pollinators was featured on Rajya Sabha TV, the official cable television network channel of the Upper House of the Parliament of India. Watch it here!

Woodpeckers of Western Ghats: The stem borer trackers

by Santosh Rajus – Woodpeckers have been one of my favorite birds from childhood since it was very rare to spot one and it was one of the first birds I saw making holes on huge and strong trees in search of food. 25 years later, I have gotten to observe so many different species of woodpeckers and I have…

The irony of “Bird Brain”

by Hinal Kharva – It’s high time that we don’t use the term “Bird Brain” for calling someone stupid. Well, a recent study in journal Science this week showed that birds like crows show higher intelligence and consciousness (awareness of one’s own existence and surroundings) like humans and monkeys. Ugh, I have been waiting to say “birds are so smart’’. …

How irresponsible is your shimmer?

by Aditi Mishra : Are you a fan of glitter, or how about cosmetics? The glimmer or radiant shimmer? How about a minty fresh toothpaste with crystals promising a pearly smile, or the paint of your SUV? Mica is the magic ingredient behind all of these. It is an element indispensable for modern life. It is present in electronics, in…

The Flying Roomba

by Pavan Kaushik : It has been nearly four years since I dumped wet waste into garbage. Every bit of the “trash”  was converted into flying micro roombas that clean the world. I got a home composter call “kambha“. Kambha means a pillar in Kannada due to the composters resemblance to a tiered pillar. The way it works is, you…

Plastic Pollution in the Age of Covid-19

  “Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi by Anshika Singh : Today, the world has changed itself in a way which none of us ever imagined.  With the global COVID-19 crisis impacting us at  individual, community, population, ecosystem…