Plant Secrets

The plan to pollinator attraction

If you think superficial colours and looks are the only things that attract insects to 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 for insects. The fine lines on the petals of a […]

Sibling Rivalry in Plants

If you have a sister or brother, you will fondly remember the silly fights you had as a child. In the case of plants, do you think sibling rivalry exists? K.N. Ganeshaiah is a polymath who has contributed a vast number of papers and articles in botany and agriculture. Ganeshaiah is a retired professor of agriculture […]

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 at. 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 vegetation […]

Sir Andre Geim and the Magnetic Frog

Andre Geim is the only person to date who has been both a Nobel Prize recipient and an 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 first […]

Sulphur’s Application In Our Lives

Perhaps none of us cared when we heard that 3% of the Earth comprises of Sulphur. Old legends used to claim that, and based on the most recent estimates, it was found to be true. It was the first time scientists had come up with some conclusive geochemical evidence. Did you know all life on […]

Know your Grass

In continuation of our series on various grasses in sports, let us examine the grasses used in golf. Bentgrass It is also used on golf courses and grows thick. It is thick and can withstand heavy traffic. But the grass can not tolerate consistent heat and requires a small quantity of water to stay green. […]

Keep Off The Grass

Many people love playing sports and watching events that happen across the world. Whether it is hockey, soccer, cricket, etc., most sports are played on different grass fields. Have you ever wanted to know about the type of grass? If not, take a look at the other sports grass. Zoysia Grass They are low-maintenance and […]

Can Climatic Conditions Alter Chocolate Flavor in Cocoa?

The chocolate market is ever-growing. High-end manufacturers are trying to stick to refined taste and high quality. However, are you aware of the reason behind the change in taste? Firstly, the three main ingredients of chocolate are cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. The butter and power are extracted from the beans of Theobroma cacao […]

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 came together above a shared nest. The group became larger, moving in unison in an aerial dance toss to the grand outlines against […]