Experiences as a mediator at Elements

by Gauri Gharpure I recently had the opportunity to mediate at Elements, Science Gallery Bengaluru’s first pop-up exhibition, partnered with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in October 2019 to marked the 150th anniversary of the periodic table. It featured a variety of exhibits and events to engage the visitors and…

The Joy of rain: Dancing owlets and singing frogs

by Santosh Rajus – The word Rain always brings joy and puts a smile on everyone’s face. For animals, it starts with the soil-dwelling bacteria that releases a sweet-smelling chemical that we relate to the smell of rain. The frogs and fishes wait in anticipation for the rains to begin their journey and move to richer grounds for mating and…

A toast to our group for 2020

To our group – Five years ago, we started with just a box in an empty room: Now the NICE lab hosts the most passionate, the most dedicated, and the most wonderful group of scientists in the world.   You are my inspiration. You are the reason I love being a scientist. Thank you for teaching me new wonders each and…

The tale of metamorphosis, Batra srishtensis

This week was very special for the NICE lab as the first student from the lab, Srishti Batra, metamorphosed into Dr. Srishti Batra by successfully defending her thesis. As part of her PhD, she worked on a promiscuous volatile, extracted from Artimesia plant, named coffee furanone and showed its function in stimulating the insect olfactory system using tools from neurophysiology,…

A world in miniature ವರ್ಣರಂಜಿತ ಪ್ರಪಂಚ

by Geetha We don’t really need to go into the underground sea to locate the most interesting concealed life. This short clip is a journey into a peculiar universe of small inhabitants of pond water! ಒಂದು ವರ್ಣರಂಜಿತ ಪ್ರಪಂಚವನ್ನ ಹುಡಕುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಆಳಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಕೆಳಗಿನ ದೃಶ್ಯ ನಿಮಗೆ ಒಂದು ಹನಿ ಕೊಳದ ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಜೀವಿಗಳ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಪ್ರಪಂಚಕ್ಕೆ ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ.

The voices we need to hear

by Jagath V – Objectivity is the bedrock that science rests on. Scientists are often seen as torchbearers of objectivity and reasoning. Science, and scientists however, do not exist in isolation from society. Scientists are a product of society and, they inevitably carry biases and not-so objective beliefs about the world. Our social standing and the opportunities that we get…

The gentle giant

by Aditi Mishra – Elephants are some of the most wondrous creatures of Nature. So strong, so social and often wise. A study of African elephants from the Amboseli ecosystem in Kenya shows that the elephants could even be telling apart which human is dangerous and which one is friendly based on their life own experiences. The Amboseli national park…

Fantastic Feelings and How to Find Them!

  by Utkarsh Shrivastava – In our daily life, we deal with a lot of things, be it work, life, relationships, personal endeavors, or maybe even just regular things not going right. It might seem large to some people, and not so much to others, but everyone is dealing with their own demons in their own way, and needs to…

Slow and steady invasion by African giant snails

by Hinal Karva Our campus is a beautiful home to many insects, birds, and snakes. Well, it’s also the home for the small family of giant snails. First, I found a snail on the grass and in a short while four more around it. They seemed cute, big and active snails of our gardens, but this is what I learned…

A perfect cup of coffee

by Srishti Batra Recently while I was attending European Chemoreception Research Organisation ECRO2019 meeting, I had an opportunity to discover a lot more things about coffee which I dint know otherwise. A short visit to illy’s coffee production house left me awestruck. Illy caffe has only one production house in the world which is situated in beautiful port city of…