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Virtual Reality Arena for insects at the NICE Lab, NCBS, Bengaluru. To know more join us for the Kaapi with Kuriosity public talk "Endless forms most beautiful"...on Sunday, March 25th @ J N Planetarium by Shannon Olsson.
One of the most fundamental questions in our pursuit to understand our living world is how new species come to be, creating the vast biodiversity that exists on our planet. Here, I will tell the story of how scientists across continents and disciplines have tracked this question over 150 years for a most humble creature – a fly. Starting under an apple tree with one of Darwin’s classmates, to a virtual realty arena in Bangalore, we will discuss how tiny changes in the brain of an insect can lead to changes in behavior, and ultimately, the beginning of a new species.
by Cheyenne Tait - At this time of year, at the very end of winter, I often find myself looping around to visit the dumpsters as I walk home. That might sound strange to you… and okay, it does sound really strange. But I do it to see if the snowdrops have come up yet. It is not their fault that they exist at the edge of the woods, right behind the dumpster. [ 362 more words ]
by Hinal Kharva - On 10th March 2018 the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore had organized an open day where the great science laboratories and their cool experiments were open to the general public. The overall goal of the event was to communicate the research of the different streams of sciences that the institute is working on, and give access and exposure to a layman. [ 290 more words ]
by Aditi Mishra - Macklemore’s "Thrift Shop" was on repeat this weekend. This had me wondering, can good science come cheap? So, I went back to the sacred texts and price-checked. And here is my list of top 5 amazing scientific findings delivered on shoe-string budgets. Of course a list of 5 entries cannot be comprehensive but it can be delightful. [ 730 more words ]
Meet Dr. Shannon Olsson, a Biologist, Fulbright Scholar and Ramanujan Fellow, and speaker at TEDxChennai. Dr. Shannon heads the Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Eco...logy (NICE) group at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore.
by Pavan Kaushik - BengaLuru is a landlocked City. It was famous for lakes and that was by no means a coincidence. The city builders were smart and had a foresight for the city. They were aware that the city sat on top of a high plateau and it lacks a perennial river passing through it. They realized that the only way to lift the water from below is the Sun. [ 815 more words ]
Introducing the next #speaker for #TEDxChennai 2018 - Dr. Shannon Olsson heads the Naturalist-Inspired Chemical Ecology (NICE) group at the National Centre for... Biological Sciences (NCBS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore. The NICE is particularly interested in how animals, and especially insects, identify objects across different environments. Their work traverses Himalayan meadows, ecologically sustainable agriculture in Coorg, and pollution in Bangalore - anywhere insects are important, which is nearly everywhere on Earth.
Dr. Olsson completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior and Chemical Ecology. She then worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, as a Project Leader where she collaborated with engineers to develop an artificial chemical communication system based on insect chemical communication.
A Fulbright Scholar and Ramanujan Fellow, Shannon's research strives to reach a deeper connection with nature that she calls empathic science. By putting ourselves in the world of some of our smallest, but most important inhabitants, we not only gain an understanding of our natural world and its preservation, but we understand ourselves.
by Srishti Batra - On January 31, 2018, a very special and rare astronomical event happened. We got to witness a super, blue, and blood moon together on a single day. Below I am defining all the three terms associated with these moons: Supermoon: When a full moon comes as close as possible to Earth in its elliptical orbit. At this closest distance, the Moon appears bigger in size and brighter as well. [ 173 more words ]
At the end of 2017, the NICE Lab embarked on an exciting new collaboration with the Srishti School of Design. Our goal was not just simply to convey science through art, but to use design theory to stimulate new hypotheses about object identification that would subsequently be tested in our field and laboratory experiments. Through a series of interactions, the NICE Lab members and students working with Thomas Pausz generated a number of ideas and concepts concerning how insects identify objects. [ 129 more words ]
by Geetha GT - Relax! Life is beautiful! It is nice to find a place where you can just relax and get a free ride! While dissecting honeybees for our experiment today, we found few aphids (plant sap sucking insects) resting on a bee's body (they must have been tired after a long free ride)! Aphid hitchhikers There was also an ant on the same bee wing as you can see from the picture below. [ 53 more words ]
by Abhinav - Why do people drink pints of beer out of glasses? Large bottles of beer, wine, or hard liquor are consumed out of glasses for obvious reasons. But why pints? I mean, they come in such pretty bottles! Why pour them into a glass? Why do people drink beers out of a glass? Well, as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty good reason. [ 1,018 more word ]
Our work on a virtual reality system for insects was featured in The Hindu's Science Sunday Section this week! Check out the story here: The Hindu February 4, 2018 ( You can also watch the video about our VR here: