Homo luzonensis Discovery – What Does it Mean for Anthropology Research?

Homo luzonensis Discovery – What Does it Mean for Anthropology Research? The human race’s history and ancestry is an exciting but complicated affair, with various subspecies and variants that current humans share ancestral ties with. In 2019, a new branch of the human ancestral tree was discovered in a far-off cave in the Philippines. The…

The plan to pollinator attraction

If you think superficial colours, looks are the only things that attract the insects to the flowers, you are mistaken. There is a lot more going on there. We have learnt in the previous post how the colour of the flower can be a major attraction point to insects. The fine lines on the petals…

Can the African Jacana Walk on Water?

Blessed with long slender legs and interestingly long toes that make their walking look classy, the African Jacana is quite incredible to look. While they have not yet mastered the art of walking on water, these ‘Lilly-trotters’ walk on floating plankton, grass and water lilies. As the weight of the bird is supported pushes the…

Sir Andre Geim and the Magnetic Frog

Andre Geim is the only person to date who has been the Nobel Prize recipient and the Ig Nobel Prize. The Ig Nobel prize is a satirical prize that has been annually awarded since 1991 by a comic magazine known as the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). It is awarded annually to 10 discoveries that…

What Do Ancient Insects Preserved in Amber Tell Us?

For scientists, plant resin is exciting. Plant resin is one of the most versatile and used products in the world. The resin contains a bunch of organic compounds known as terpenes, which are phenolic and volatile. When the resin fossilizes over a very, very long time, the heat and pressure drive out the terpenes from…

Can Climatic Conditions Alter Chocolate Flavor in Cocoa?

The market for chocolate is ever growing and high-end manufacturers are trying to stick to refined taste and high-quality. However, are you aware of the reason behind the change in the taste? First of all, chocolates’ three main ingredients are cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. The butter and power are extracted from the beans…

The Aerial Dance – Murmuration

Murmurations are a large group of starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in heavenly shape-shifting clouds. Earlier in the evening, small groups of starlings from the same area come together above a shared nest. The group moving becomes larger, moving in unison in an aerial dance tosses to the grand outlines…

Can plants call for help?

With large wings that open out flat and two bright blue eyespots that stand out on a white-grey body, the majestic hawkmoth looks majestic, especially with the five yellow-orange sports. Though they are harmless to humans and largely survive by drinking nectar from flowers, they can seem friendly. But their larve have a menacingly different…

Do Plants Have Memories?

Looks like they do! After spending years researching on the ‘sensitive plant’ – mimosa, Monica Gagliano found some interesting traits. We all know Mimosa pudica is a plant known for its defensive techniques and we have covered it many times on our blog too. When it feels something hostile, the leaves of mimosa curl up…

Why Are Yoga Asanas Named After Animals?

Dog, cobra, cow, cat and many other animals find a mention when it comes to lending their name and posture to various yogic poses. Some of the poses or asanas also depict the birds. While it is interesting that these asanas are named after animals, it is not clear if they were named so just…