Is Glass Gem Corn Real? Can You Eat It?

There aren’t many vegetables with a Facebook page, let alone one with nearly 19,000 followers, but “Glass Gem” corn is one of a kind. Because of its translucent, rainbow-coloured kernels, it became an Internet sensation. Growers of Glass Gem claim that the crop has inspired thousands of people to participate in seed saving and reconnect…

The Contagious Yawners

One simple yawn and you get tagged as lazy. However, the science behind the simple yawn is not as easy. Robert Provine, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said that there is still no consensus about the purpose of a yawning process. Since the beginning of the 1980s, Provine…

Skincare secrets from PlantScience

Healthy skin is like a way to happiness. The radiance of your skin can boost your confidence. However, not always it becomes possible to spend hours on an intensive skincare routine. Thus, today I have brought together ten tips, following which will help you get healthy skin. Before getting started, this is a skincare routine….

How males trick females!

No. We are not trying to lure you in with a tricky headline! Among Topi antelopes that live on the savannahs of Africa, Dr Jakob Bro Jorgensen of the University of Liverpool, UK, found this interesting behaviour. As the savannah gives little space to hide for the predators like lions, leopards and cheetahs, they have…

Do Plants have Doll’s Eyes?

If you are walking alone by yourself in the Midwestern or Eastern United States or Eastern Canada, you would encounter a strange phenomenon of hoards od eye-balls looking at you out of nowhere. Do not mistake them to be a prank or wonder if someone collected doll’s eyes and hung them up on a tree….

Do plants bleed?

Well, it looks like some do! Hydnellum Peckii is a funnel-shaped fungus that has an interesting way of appearing as it grows up. While its unusual appearance has earned its notorious names as the bleeding Hydnellum, red-juice tooth or the most common – Devil’s tooth, it grows to be a brown dull adult. The whitish…

Do Cows have Inbuilt Compasses?

Yes. You read it right! Strangely enough, for centuries, people have not noticed this enough until someone figured it out. Seems like the bovine folk might have more knowledge than we assume about the Earth’s magnetism.  While some experienced farmers would explain this alignment of cows standing in the North-South direction as a way to…

Why Do Crocodiles Swallow Stones?

When you are a crocodile, your diet has many things that are not at all easy. Whether it is the decaying carcasses you found or the smaller animals you manage to capture, you are bound to have digestive issues. How can a crocodile help itself with digestive problems? Let me explain. We already spoke at…

The Holy Myrrh, Guggul and Incense

Ever wondered where does your incense come from? Did you know guggul is a resin produced by secreted by the Mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul) found in India, Central Asia, and North Africa? In India, incense sticks are a critical element in most Hindu celebrations. During pujas and festivals, incense sticks or dhoop are used…

Camphor & Eucalyptus, the chemical cousins

Some plants are so close to one another that you keep thinking they might be related though they are not similar. When you are in the research for identifying the plants that can cure human ailments, this becomes critical. Let us look at some of them. The camphor tree is native to China and is…