Nature's Marvel
Are they Stones?

The unique ability of Lithops to change leaf colouration demonstrates their adaptability and responsiveness to their surroundings, allowing them to maximise their chances of survival in their arid and challenging habitats.

Moumita Mazumdar
Life Without the Queen Bee Inside a Beehive Ordeal

The queen is a central figure, an orchestrator of life and productivity. Her presence dictates the harmony within the hive, ensuring the continuation of the colony’s legacy.

Bidisha Talukdar and Anjana Singha Naorem
Lake Natron — Tanzania’s Hypersaline Red Lake

Its most striking feature is high alkalinity, letting cyanobacteria thrive, which produces a vibrant, deep-red hue to the lake.

Sidra Kazmi
The Shy Household Pest

Can we remain assured that our woolen or silk garments are safe in our almirahs? Not as long as you are sure that your almirah is free of the case-making clothes moth

Gulafshan
The Asian Unicorn

In 1993, the first image of a living saola was captured in captivity. The most recent was captured in 2013 by a camera that was activated by movement in a jungle in central Vietnam.

Moumita Mazumdar
Kurkut — A Tribal Delicacy

Red weaver ants or kurkut are social animals which are known for their aggressive behaviour, medicinal properties and also for sour-tasting kurkut (red ant chutney).

Dipanjan Ghosh
Why are venomous snails so fascinating to scientists?

Cone snail venom contains diverse bioactive compounds, offering potential medical applications and contributing to our understanding of molecular biology and pharmacology

Moumita Mazumdar
Transparent Glass Frogs — An Effective Camouflage

Glass Frogs which are proficient in camouflage also have a super power in which Glass frogs increase transparency by concealing the RBCs uniquely in their reflecting liver.

Rohit Kataria
Nature’s Marvel: Tardigrades — Small, Yet Spectaular!

When environment dries up around them, that is "Anhydrobiosis", a form of “Cryptobiosis” (life without water), they go into deep sleep, almost lifeless. Trehalose (a sugar) replaces itself with the water lost, and the tardigrades form themselves into a shrunken round structure known as “tun”.

Ananya Dhiman and Ashish Thapliyal
Bird’s Hanging Nest — Invasion Defense

Predators are kept out of these nests because of the complex design.

Staff