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Do Plants have Doll’s Eyes?

If you are walking alone by yourself in the Midwestern or Eastern United States or Eastern Canada, you will encounter a strange phenomenon of hoards of eye-balls looking at you out of nowhere. Do not mistake them for being 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 find 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 your incense comes from? Did you know that guggul is a resin secreted by the Mukul myrrh tree (Commiphora mukul), which grows 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 liberally. […]

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 search of identifying 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 one of […]

Medicinal Benefits of Asafoetida, An Edible Gum-Resin

Indian cuisine relies on a vast battery of spices – and hing plays an integral part. Native to Afghanistan and Iraq, #Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida/Hing) is the dried sap obtained from the roots of Ferula plants and is a flavouring agent for food. #Hing is acquired in molten form and further processed into a consumable product. Several flavours of […]

Faking In Humans When They Fall In Football

Did you ever watch live football matches? If so, you will know that soccer players seem dramatic and tend to exaggerate their ordinary fouls. Last night, dad and I watched a Football match where we saw a famous player suddenly fall. All the other players and we also thought that he was severely hurt. But […]

Glowing Fish & Green Fluorescent Proteins

First discovered in 1665 by Robert Hooke, the cells are the basic unit of life. Well, we all know that! Also, we know about the various advancements in theories and information about these units and other micro-organisms, which got discovered with time. Yet, there is a lot more to know about the mysterious nature. One […]