Is virgin birth possible?

This question has left many of the scientists bewildered until they found out about the virgin birth situations and explained to us all. While it is not common among the larger mammals or the species we observe every day, parthenogenesis, most commonly known as ‘Virgin Birth’, is a form of asexual reproduction in which a…

Ear, the natural noise filter!

How does the ear know which sounds to record and which ones to ignore and which ones to send to the brain? You might have seen this with yourself but not noted it! How come you don’t hear the sound of the apple you are eating but get irritated when your friend is eating it…

Do octopuses mate to death?

Octopuses prefer living alone and come together only for mating.  While the myth about female octopuses devouring the male after mating is true in some cases, there are other situations too. A lot of factors come into play when we talk about the aftermath of the mating process and they determine what happens to the…

Weed facts which are true

Among a limited number of topics that can divide doctors is the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Questions are raised about its safety, control, addiction, side effects and so on. The plant has amazed researchers, doctors, scientists all the same for its magical powers. While smoking or possessing marijuana is not legal in India,…

The bark of piranhas!

Piranhas are often depicted as the scariest and deadly fishes in the world and are shown to feed on unsuspecting people. Let us see some interesting facts about these little fish that have been on Earth for almost 25 millions of years. Before you get carried off by the way piranhas are shown scavenging and…

Angina, Nitroglycerin & Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel is one of the most respected names in science, and his legacy is honoured today when the best contributions for various fields of science are recognized and awarded with the Nobel prizes. You might also know him as an inventor par excellence, chemist with an expertise in the field of explosives and a…

Nitroglycerin, The Explosive Medicine!

Did you know that Nitroglycerin, an important compound used to make dynamite, is also a lifesaver? Let me explain. When something blocks the blood flow to the heart muscle, it leads to extreme chest pain, which is known as ‘angina’. The blood flow decreases because of the plaque formation and the narrowing of the arteries…

How do sunflowers chase the Sun?

One of the most fascinating flowers on Earth that trace the movement of a star so systematically is the sunflower. If you have ever been in a sunflower field on a sunny morning, you would experience sheer joy as the flowers warm up to the Sun and follow its path. We all know that the…

Tribology – The study of interacting surfaces

The study of surfaces moving relative to each other is known as tribology, and it is a Greek word. The word “trib” means “I rub” and a big part of it is friction. Tribology was started in the 1960s by the lubrication expert Peter Jost and the physicist David Tabor. However, around 5000 years back,…

Why is Banana Skin Slippery?

Have you ever wondered why people slip when they step on banana peels? Banana peels are more slippery compared to any other fruit peels. Unless you are a science student or probably have not worked in the fruit market, you must be wondering why banana peels are slippery? Wonder no more, as we explain it…