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M. Venkataswampappa“To feel no surprise at the rarity of a species, and yet to marvel greatly when the species ceases to exist, is much the same as to feel no surprise at sickness, but, when the sick man dies, to wonder and to suspect that…

Rain And Rhythm

Dr. T. ShivanandappaAs moisture-laden winds bring welcome rain to the Indian subcontinent, the earth is transformed. This is when a myriad insects, frogs and toads emerge, when herbivores’ young are born to feast on the bounty of green pastures…

Death Is Life!

Vivek Gour BroomeThe mould on your bread and the whitish growth you see on damp leather are both fungi. When talking of biodiversity, fungi hardly find mention, but the fact is that India has a mind-boggling 13,000 species of fungi, of which…

Skin Deep – Judging Nature’s Book By Its Cover

Isaac Kehimkar

The cells that together comprise the surface of living things perform a variety of functions, all critical to survival. Quite apart from being, literally, the organ that holds invertebrates together, the integumentary system plays…

Wild Sex – The Making Of Nature

DevdasNot even the fabled inventiveness of Homo sapiens can come close to the sexual creativity of wild creatures that indulge in all manner of rituals that may include infidelity, rape, group sex and even homosexuality! What is more, wild species ‘do it’ standing up, lying…

Party Animals!

Hira PunjabiHerds, swarms, flocks, tribes... all animal societies that have been built by instinct, habit and learning. Choosing to move in social groups is a decision based on survival.

Web Masters

Orb spiderHe lifts just one leg at a time… taps gently on the silken threads and sends his vibrations to her. She’s wary and alert… he’s persistent. The tapping changes to a more gentle one as he stealthily moves closer. 

Oceans Of Life – Creatures Of The Deep

Hugues VitryThe ocean is a mystifying realm in which beauty and drama are intertwined in a never-ending cycle of life. While reaching for the moon and the stars, scientists and philosophers remind us that our knowledge of the earth and particularly the sea, is…

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