The Battle of Enfarinats

We have celebrated Holi and also might have heard of the Tomatina festival of Spain but have you heard of people throwing wheat flour, eggs at each other all in good sport? Well, then you go to visit the town of Ibi in Spain. During this crazy festival which is being celebrated for over 200…

Albuquerque international balloon festival

One of the most captivating sights is looking at a hot air balloon slowly rising against a clear sky defying the gravity and showing its colors in full grandeur. Only if you have seen this happen would you appreciate the sight? Now just imagine hundreds of hot air balloons going up like birds in the…

Mechanism of the venus fly trap

Do you know what exactly happens in the Venus flytrap? Especially when the bug/spider wanders into it?  While most of us led to believe of the plant having a carnivorous brain and tries catching the bugs and flies to survive, you would be surprised to know that winged insects only make up to 5% of its…

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Researchers have been fascinated with nature in all of its brutality. Although a strict taboo in civilized and modern human societies, cannibalism is a fairly common occurrence in the animal kingdom. It is interesting to note that it is not just carnivorous species who practice cannibalism. Herbivores, omnivores and detritivores have also been known to…

5 biggest Pandemics in human history

One of the greatest and most difficult challenges that have affected the spread of human civilization is that of infectious disease. Wherever humans have gone, so have virulent disease. With the corona virus pandemic wreaking havoc all over the globe, it’s apt to examine the various pandemics that have affected humans in the past. Interestingly, Sushruta…

N.Nidus-Avis, Master of camouflage

If you think being invisible and stealthy is an art, we have a plant that has almost perfected it. This strange-looking orchid in shiny caramel color is known as Neottia Nidus-Avis. They can also be seen in beige-brown and yellow color. Neottia also means nest, and its roots look like a poorly made bird’s nest….

Buddha’s hand, the fingered citron

 One of the interesting things we see in nature is that goodness comes in all shapes and sizes. Though this strange looking fruit is still uncommon in the Indian market, you will be shocked to know that it has originated in the north-east part of India itself. The Indian Buddhist monks have been known to introduce…

Nature’s caviar

Considered one of the finest natural things that come in a  little package, Finger Limes, scientifically known as Citrus australasica, are unique fruits that belong to the Rue family. Although it is not a part of citrus, the fruit is related to genus Microcitrus. The plant is native to Australia, usually to its subtropical rainforest. The…

Roses as big as cabbages

Tree Peony is one of the largest flowers. Though it is a little shrub that is only 10 feet high, but the tree peony flowers are disproportionately large. Some can even be more than 20 inches in diameter. Marco Polo is said to have called peonies “roses as big as cabbages.” In China, peony paintings…

Talipot Palm’s final flourish

As we continue to explore the biggest flowers in the world, we have a special appearance from India. This massive flower belongs to the Talipot Palm.The Coryphaumbraculifera plant, also known as the talipot palm, is a native of India and Srilanka and has huge flowers that are 6 to 8 metres long consisting of one to several million…