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For insects, flying is a swift way of getting around to find food, identify a mate and escape unfavourable conditions. While muscles provide the power for flying, it is the brain that coordinates strategic planning. For a hungry fly, this could mean using its powerful olfaction to sense the presence of food such as a rotten banana and then navigating the distance to reach it, which may require flying for several minutes or even an hour or more. How does the insect brain coordinate the timing for such long flight bouts?
Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, have developed a
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Researchers from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, have developed a mouse model for detecting cells that respond to antipsychotic drugs in live brain tissues. Using this, the team have also discovered that the antipsychotics Clozapine and Olanzapine affect ependymal cells—a class of brain cells responsible for producing cerebrospinal fluid—previously unknown to be affected by antipsychotics.
The structure of the vegetation determines the foraging areas and resources available to birds. It also provides protection from predation.
The caterpillar of the swallowtail butterflies changes its appearance and colour at various stages of its elaborate life cycle, to escape predators. But, how exactly do they do this? A new study by researchers, Nikkil Gaitonde, Janhavi Joshi and Krushnamegh Kunte at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, answers some of these questions. The study was published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.