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Karnataka: Researchers name New Spider Species after Harry Potter Character Godric Gryffindor

The new species was found in the 'Kans' of Shivamogga in Karnataka

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A new species of spiders discovered which is uniquely shaped like the magical artifact, the Sorting Hat. Pixabay
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New Delhi, December 13, 2016: In the forests of Karnataka, a new species of spiders has been discovered and is named after Godric Gryffindor – a character from J K Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series.

The uniquly shaped spider is like the Sorting Hat of ‘Harry Potter’ series and it was owned by the medieval wizard Godric Gryffindor.

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According to PTI, “The name ‘Eriovixia gryffindori’ is an ode to the “magic lost and found” – in an effort to draw attention to the fascinating, but often overlooked world of invertebrates, and their secret lives.”

Researchers wrote in the study published in the Indian Journal of Arachnology, “The spider is a small, cryptic, nocturnal araneid which takes refuge in and mimics dried foliage, during daylight hours.”

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Researchers said that they are globally represented by 20 species, four of them occur in India. Members of the genus Eriovixia Archer are characterised by sub-triangular abdomen, tapering posterior and spiny legs.

The new species of spider was found in the ‘Kans’ of Shivamogga in Karnataka – specialised forest lands harbouring unique microclimatic conditions and consisting of evergreen and semi-evergreen vegetation, surrounded by deciduous forest.

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During a survey of the ‘Kans’ of central western ghats, researchers Javed Ahmed and Rajashree Khalap from Mumbai found a female specimen of the spider.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?